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Nump’s Newest Single Is a Love Song Inspired by Halo Halo

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Screenshot from a video: A man in a "Nump's Lumpia" T-Shirt laughs, with two glasses of halo halo in front of him.
Nump's new single, 'Halo Halo," is inspired by his love of the Filipino treat. The song will be released on Friday, May 24. (Courtesy of Nump / Instagram @ceo_nump_beastmobile)

As summertime’s slow, relaxing pace descend upon us, one Filipino American rapper is here to remind us that sunny days are meant for partying — and ice cream.

Nump, the East Bay rapper of “I Gott Grapes” fame who also engineered some of hyphy music’s biggest hits, has mastered the art of riling others up with both his thumping basslines and romanticizing of purple-colored foods. The man who refers to himself as Manny Snackquiao delivers once again with his freshest single, “Halo Halo” — named after the Filipino cold treat that typically includes crushed ice, condensed milk, ube ice cream, leche flan and other sweet toppings.

The rapper’s latest effort, which features another Bay Area hyphy legend in Vallejo’s Baby Bash and production from Houston’s Bruce Bang, is adding an extra scoop of sweetness with a release party this Friday at the Union City Filipino-owned cafe Macs By Ickys — equally cult-favored for its creation of the ube choco taco ice cream sandwich.

@jessehperez1 New music May 24 – Halo Halo by Nump featuring Baby Bash. #halohalo @Baby Bash #Nump #filipino ♬ original sound – JPerez

During Nump’s appearance at the cafe, attendees can get a taste of halo halo soft serve, an original Macs By Icky flavor that is essentially a frozen swirl of halo halo goodness in a cup. If that’s not enough to make this the official Bay Area Filipino event of the summer, Nump will also give those in attendance a chance to appear in the official music video for his newest blap.

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Leading up to the song’s release, Nump has been touring different dessert shops in search of halo halo, going as far as Hawaii. His partnership with Macs By Icky formed organically when Nump posted on his Instagram page asking, “Who got the best halo halo?” The masses responded by tagging Union City’s Filipino dessert destination. From there, the well-known lyricist reached out to the local business and quarterbacked the play.

The snippet of “Halo Halo” that can be heard on Nump’s page has a chill island love song vibe, and one can only assume that the entire song will be as sugary and delicious as the dessert itself. Consider this the kick-off anthem to start your “Hot Halo Halo Summer.”


Nump’s “Halo Halo” release party will be hosted at Macs By Icky (3900 Smith St., Union City) on Fri., May 24 at 5 p.m. The music video filming will start at 6 p.m.

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