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Andrew E., real name Andrew Ford Valentino Espiritu (born July 30, 1967), is a Filipino rapper and actor who rose to popularity in The '90s and Turn of the Millennium. He is known for releasing, among others, a lot of rather comedic Bawdy Rap Songs. He also founded Dongalo Wreckords (named after his birthplace of Don Galo, Paranaque City), which he uses to launch the careers of aspiring Filipino rappers, one of them being the pop-rap collective Salbakuta.



  • Rhyme + Andrew = Party (1990)
  • Ang Dalawang Pasko Ni Andrew E. (1991)
  • Alabanger (1996)
  • Wholesome (1999)
  • Much More Wholesome (2000)
  • Have A Wholesome Christmas (2001)
  • Porno Daw (2002)
  • Krispy Na Kreamy Pa (2004)
  • Clean (2007)
  • Clubzilla (2010)
  • Does Ballads, Vol.1 (2013)

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  • Abhorrent Admirer: Sort of. "Humanap Ka ng Panget" ("Find an Ugly Partner") actually sells the trope as a practical decision, reasoning that pretty girls (or guys) will eventually dump you for someone else, but ugly people are more faithful—to the point of caring for you in some cases!
    • The music video for "Sinabmarine" has Andrew seeing Olive as this, somehow trying to get away from her advances, even if she actually looks pretty attractive.
  • Bawdy Song: A lot of his raps usually tell stories about him encountering Uptown Girls and going back to their place (or a motel) for some, well, action.
  • Boastful Rap: Mostly boasting about his attempts to score with girls.
  • Christmas Carolers: "Kagat ng Aso" ("Dog Bite") has him and his crew of Christmas carolers being on the receiving end of big, nasty dogs that guard the homes they visit.
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  • Coitus Ensues: The climax—explicitly or otherwise—of a lot of Andrew E.'s songs, including "Honey", "Sinabmarine", "Pink Palaka" and both "Banyo Queen" songs.
  • Depraved Kids' Show Host: The video for "Pink Palaka" ("Pink Frog") features a rather dirty ripoff of Sesame Street, hosted by a hot girl named Jaycee who does a number of rather suggestive sexy dances whenever the video cuts to her.
  • Dirty Rap: Many of his Bawdy Songs qualify. Though this being the Philippines, it's a bit Lighter and Softer, sounds less aggressive, and is treated more comedically, than typical Western examples.
  • Double Entendre: Most of his songs sound rather pervy and upon first listen appear to have something to do with sex. Lampshaded in his song "Ang Bastos Daw" ("They Said It's Gross"), where he claims it was unintentional.
  • Gratuitous Japanese: He briefly stayed in Japan from 1998-2000, and even released a song called "Bakajanai" ("Not a Fool"), which is about the misfortunes of a tourist in Tokyo.
  • Intercourse with You: In this case, not usually with the presumed listener, but a lot of Andrew's raps are about him, well, getting some action with random girls he happens to meet, and he's telling the story to the listener afterward.
  • Lampshade Hanging: "Ang Bastos Daw" on the perception that most of his songs are "bastos" (perverted).
  • Moral Guardians: "Ang Bastos Daw" has Andrew dissing conservative elements that attempt to ban sales of his albums in many Philippine cities on the pretext of them being Dirty Rap.note 
  • Raging Stiffie: Alluded to in "Pink Palaka" ("Pink Frog") when Andrew mentions something jumping around in his pants—kind of like a frog.
  • Shout-Out / Sampled Up: invokedSamples from several well-known foreign songs.
    • "Banyo Queen" riffs off of "Stand by Me".
    • And "Honey" riffs off of "Talking In Your Sleep" by The Romantics.
    • "Andrew Ford Medina" is clearly based on the "Funky Cold Medina" by Tone Loc.
    • "Humanap Ka ng Panget" is basically a translated version of "Find an Ugly Woman".
    • "Sinabmarine" was based on "Yellow Submarine". It doesn't use the exact same chord progression, but roughly the same beats, and the parodised lyrics bear it out:
    The Beatles: We all live in a yellow submarine... (compare to:)
    Andrew E.: Si Olive ay aking sinabmarine... (simply translates as him, well, torpedoing her.)
  • Slipping a Mickey: Implied to be the case in "Banyo Queen", where Andrew raps that he blacked out after drinking with a girl and woke up in a sleazy motel.
  • Subverted Kids Show: The Sesame Street ripoff in the background of the "Pink Palaka" video, along with the eponymous "Pink Palaka" (Pink Frog—likely an Unusual Euphemism for lady parts) visually represented as a Kermit parody.
  • Surprise Incest: "Banyo Queen 2" has The Reveal that one of the girls Andrew's trying to get with in the song is actually a cousin of his, though it could just be her claim.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Some of his albums: Clean, Wholesome, and Much More Wholesome, among others, considering he's built his reputation on (among other things) quite a number of Bawdy Songs.
  • Unusual Euphemism:
    • "Pink Palaka". It's strongly implied that by "palaka" (the Tagalog for "frog"), Andrew's really referring to lady parts.
    • "Honey" has him referring to private parts of both sexes as pictures.
    • In "Sinabmarine", the word chorizo (a Spanish sausage) is given the same dirty connotation as "wiener" in the Anglophone West.
  • Uptown Girl: The objects of some of Andrew E.'s songs. "Sinabmarine", for example, details him meeting a rich subdivision girl named Olive (and then of course them getting on with the action).
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: If you translate "Sinabmarine", it mentions that Olive takes one of Andrew's calling cards and puts it in her cleavage.


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