Lea Salonga briefly appears on local Twitter’s trending list ‘Hip-Hop’ category. Here’s why.

January 20, 2021 - 7:39 PM
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Lea Salonga in a gallery
Singer and Broadway star Lea Salonga. (Lea Salonga via Facebook)

Award-winning singer Lea Salonga landed on the “Hip-Hop” category of Twitter’s top trending list on Wednesday because of a viral reaction of Korean-Canadian rapper Tablo of Epik High.

On Wednesday, Salonga tweeted her appreciation for Epik High.

“Thanks to a nudge, I’ve now just discovered #EpikHigh. Where on earth have I been… their stuff is fantastic!” Salonga wrote.

She also tagged the group’s members—Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz.

Tablo took notice of her tweet and expressed his excitement after he learned that the renowned Filipina actress and singer liked their music.

He revealed that he is a “lifelong fan” of the singer and even tweeted some lyrics of “Reflection,” the song she famously sang in Disney’s animated version of “Mulan.”

Tablo and Salonga’s tweets have since gone viral, prompting them to enter local Twitter’s top trending list on Wednesday afternoon.

Both of them landed on the “Hip-Hop” category of the microblogging platform despite Salonga being known for her ballad hits and Broadway songs.

Lea Salonga and Tablo
Top trends under Twitter Philippines on Jan. 20, 2021. (Screengrab from Twitter by Interaksyon)

A social media user took notice of this and mentioned the desire for a collaboration between the two artists.

“I need a Tablo x Lea Salonga collab,” the online user added.

Epik High has been a mainstay on South Korea’s hip-hop scene “for nearly two decades,” according to a TIME feature in July 2019.

They debuted in 2003 and their music has been known for its “lyrical complexity, often containing delicate introspective messages or sharp commentary on social issues.”

“They also don’t shy away from incorporating different genres such as soul and R&B, carving out a distinct niche in the competitive Korean music industry,” the feature reads.

Epik High has released 11 studio albums throughout their musical career.

The group also earned several music awards in South Korea and became the first South Korean hip-hop group to play at music and arts festival Coachella.