It has reached us here in our homeland, the Philippines, through Western influence and popular pioneers of the local hip-hop genre such as the late Francis Magalona and Andrew Espiritu. Big player Francis M wrote music about the pressing social issues of their time, and to our misfortune, these social issues are still the same ones our generation faces today. Colonial mentality? Drug addiction? Political instability? Francis M stayed WOKE. With all the Halalan 2016 hullabaloo, tanim-bala commotion and whatnot going around, I think we’re lucky to have the influence of artists who are socially and politically conscious.
He has songs like “Sirena” that put the homosexual community at the forefront, recognizing their struggle for acceptance within their families and societies in a very Christian country such as ours. “Dapat Tama” is a relevant song for the upcoming elections as it speaks about the fate of our own welfare as one that’s in our hands, and our power as a people is being aware of the rut that government corruption keeps us in.
“Ilang beses nangako, ilang beses napako
‘Bat di natin subukan at tulungan at umako
Bumahagi sa bigat na matagal na nating pasan
Pag tayo’y nagsama-sama lahat ay malalampasan
May mas maayos na bukas para sating mga anak
Ang unang hakbang ay piliin ang tamang nakatatak
Na pangalan sa balota wag na tayong magpauto
Na satin ang kapangyarihan pag tayo ang kumibo”
Gloc-9 has conveyed so many meaningful messages through his songs. I could only mention a few, but all his work truly reflects that he’s gone beyond the “rapper” stigma. He tells the relevant stories – the ones that we should keep in mind. Our mother tongue is so beautiful and the way he crafts these words into powerful messages only adds to its beauty. Deep down, we have a beautiful voice, and artists like Gloc-9 are here to make that voice louder.
Do yourself a favor, citizen, stay awake and have a daily dose of Gloc-9.
- Nikki Alarilla
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