“I would like to say thank you to Universal for giving me my first album,” Elmo Magalona expressed right before his contract signing event at the Universal Records Tower on October 24. “To me, I think it was successful because I got to do tours and a lot of people supported my album. Thank you for giving me that opportunity and this is gonna be my second one if ever so I’m super excited.”

The rapper/singer/actor released his self-titled debut album under the same label in 2016, and is now set to release a follow-up by early 2018. While he may not be one to spoil the surprise on what fans can expect from his forthcoming project, Magalona shares his creative process and the thoughts behind his musical styles.

Watch our exclusive interview with Elmo Magalona, and play it all the way until the end to catch his rendition of BillboardPH Hot 100 chart-topper Khalid‘s “8TEEN”: