Over on the West Coast, Ruby Ibarra's been leading a movement. With her crisp and sharp verses that flow to killer rhythmic beats, the young Filipino emcee has given a voice to Pinays (slang for Filipino women/ Filipinas) not only in the Bay Area, but everywhere else in the world. Known for using Filipino cultural references, and Filipino languages such as Tagalog and Waray in her lyrics, Ibarra presents a unique sound — a whole other language — that accurately and succinctly represents the immigrant struggle. She speaks to Filipinos directly, and welcomes others to see things through her people's eyes.
And though she hasn't just hit the mainstream music scene just yet, Ibarra has already managed to create a unifying anthem with her 2018 single, "Us," as she chants her mantra, "Island woman rise."