Pinoy rap legend Francis M diagnosed with leukemia

Posted: August 13, 2008 in Music
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Our prayers go out to Francis Magallona who has been diagnosed with leukemia. He is expected to issue a statement on the noontime show Eat Bulaga tomorrow, August 14. I do hope he recovers from what may be one of the greatest challenges of his life.

Francis M is a rap icon in the Philippines. He is a towering figure in Pinoy hip-hop who was able to reach out even to the non-Hip-hop crowd. The King of Pinoy Rap has also been a vocal critic of social ills, a trait that I have come to admire through his various collaborative works.

In Liham sa Pangulo, his collaboration with the progressive rap duo Stick Figgas, he raps on the third verse:

Mahal na pangulo bakit mahal ang mga bilihin
Di mo na nanaisin na tumira dito sa bayan natin
Ang kinain ng mayaman tinatapon sa basura
Pinupulot ng mahirap mapuno lang ang sikmura
Balahurang nahalal halos kaban ng bayan isinugal
Isinambulat sa Senado at sa dyaryo binulgar
Napahiya’t ayaw umamain na sila’y nagnakaw din
Di lang sa pagkain pati sa pera ay matakaw din
At pagdating sa lupain sila ay mga buakaw din
Lahat ay inaangkin kahit ano ay gagawin
Mga sakim, ganid sa ginto di makuntento sa milyon
Bilyon ang gusto kahit ang bayan ay baon
Sa utang at sa kangkungan pupulutin
Tanong ko lang sa inyo mahal niyo ba ang bayan natin
Mahal na pangulo paano na ang pilipinas
Lantarang pagnanakaw araw araw di lilipas

Lately, his collaboration with Fil-Am rapper and activist Kiwi and Pinoy rapper Gloc 9 was made available on the Internet. The song That Money is a scathing attack on government corruption.

Francis M has brought social relevance into rap music. He has lived up to the words of the late activist-director Lino Brocka, that the artist is also a citizen.

We wish the Man from Manila a speedy recovery.

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