Andrew E (the 'E' stands for his last name, Espiritu) has been entertaining Filipinos with his own special brand of music since 1991, when his first record "Humanap Ka Ng Panget" was released. The combination of his catchy storytelling rap style, those irresistible beats and the naughty and often hilarious lyrcs made Andrew unique in Philippine pop culture, and his career took off like gangbusters.

Of course, he did have his detractors, the fuddy-duddies who complained about his double-entendre lyrics. Radio stations edited out some of the words on "Andrew Ford Medina." "Binibirocha" was another song that was criticized for its allegedly suggestive lyrics. And what was Andrew's response to all this ostracism? He wrote a song about it! "Bastos Daw" became another huge Andrew E hit.

Andrew's career soon branched out as he began to star in comedy films based on his songs. Most of these movies also featured a beautiful female costar, and of course Andrew always got the leading lady! He now has more than 25 films under his belt.

One very popular song of Andrew's was "Ang Boyfriend Kong Gamol."  During an interview with Babette Samonte on WRMN radio in New Jersey, he was asked the meaning of 'gamol.' "Ang gamol, yung lahat ng bagay na negative," replied Andrew. "Yung mga magnanakaw, yung mga manloloko, anything negative... yung untidy... yung mga manggagantso... lahat." He went on to say that originally, 'gamol' was "salitang Parañaque" but now that he uses it, it has become a national word, a household word.

Andrew spent some time in Japan in the late 1990s, performing in clubs and eventually releasing a record in the Nihongo language, a song about the misadventures of a tourist in Tokyo. He carefully practiced correct Nihongo pronunciation to avoid sounding like a foreigner.

Back in the Philippines, he released a new album, "Wholesome: It's All in the Mind" on Sony records. He commented, "I challenge everyone who says my music is bastos when not a single 'bastos' word was ever mentioned in my songs! The lyrics of my songs are playful, witty. It’s up to the listeners to interpret the meaning of what I’m saying." One song on the album, "Top of the World," was dedicated to all his critics. Also included was "Banyo Queen," which became a blockbuster hit and was later made into a movie starring Andrew and Rica Peralejo. Some of the tracks on "Wholesome," like "Rubber Dickie" and "Fax Me," were too risqué to get much radio airplay. Nevertheless, the album was a major success, eventually going quadruple platinum. The follow-up album, Much More Wholesome, was also a big seller.

In the mid 90s, Andrew founded Dongalo Wreckords for the purpose of discovering and producing new Philippine rap talents. One popular rap group that got its start with Dongalo is Salbakuta, whose song S2pid Luv became a big hit and was made into a popular movie in which the group starred along with Andrew E and Blakdyak. Salbakuta are now three-time platinum awardees and appear regularly on ABS-CBN's "Sarah the Teen Princess" with Sarah Geronimo. Andrew also released an album of his own, "Porno Daw," on the Dongalo label in 2001. One of Dongalo's latest projects is the release of the first-ever all-Ilocano rap album, performed by Fuzbuzlow.

Andrew's newest album is "Krispy Na, Kreamy Pa" on Viva records. It has already reached the platinum mark. Unlike his previous records, the lyrics on this album are "all very direct and straight to the point in their naughtiness," as he explained in an interview with Showbizpinoy.com. Instead of the usual double-meaning lyrics, the album features songs that won't leave listeners guessing as to their meaning. One surprise on the album is a duet with Regine Velasquez, a love song entitled "That's Why I Love You." It has gotten a lot of airplay, and Andrew will be guesting on Regine's next album.

Although his lyrics may be naughty, Andrew E does not have a bad-boy lifestyle. Nor does he have the arrogant type of personality associated with many American rappers. As an article in Balita.com put it, "A good heart, the ability to get along with others, fine PR skills and a generous spirit - that’s Andrew E. for you." He is also a devoted husband and father. He ignored his own musical advice ("Humanap ka ng pangit at ibigin mong tunay") in choosing a life mate, marrying the beautiful Mylene Yap, who is 12 years his junior. The couple lives in Parañaque with their son, Fordy.

Andrew E will be having a series of shows in the US and Canada later this year. Watch our Carousel Pinoy Events page for the latest info.


Previous Caroustars: JUNE 2004: LEA SALONGA • MAY 2004: JOEY ALBERT • APRIL 2004: VINA MORALES • MARCH 2004: RICA PERALEJO • FEBRUARY 2004: RACHEL ALEJANDRO • JANUARY 2004: GENEVA CRUZ

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