Today marks the 10th death anniversary of the legendary Master Rapper Francis Magalona. It’s been a decade since we last saw him on TV and heard him performed live.
Francis Magalona, AKA Francis M, is known as the King of Pinoy Rap here in the Philippines. He first started as a break dancer in the early ’80s, but eventually ventured into acting. After starring in numerous roles, he launched his single “Mga Kababayan” from his 1990 album Yo! and it became a hit back then.
He also produced albums of budding Filipino rap artists like Gloc 9 and helped revive the Filipino Hip-Hop industry. Some people may not know, but the rapper is also a good photographer. He actually earned recognition from different publications and the Camera Club of the Philippines.
Magalona was 44 years old when he died on March 6, 2009, seven months after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), type of cancer in the blood and bone marrow.
To thank him for all his contributions to the OPM industry, here are some of Francis M’s iconic songs that you should listen to:
1. “Kaleidoscope World”
Album: Freeman (1995)
Fave lyrics: “Every color and every hue / Is represented by me and you / Take a slide in the slope / Take a look in the kaleidoscope / Spinnin’ round, make it twirl / In this kaleidoscope world”
2. “Tayo’y Mga Pinoy”
Album: Rap is FrancisM
Fave lyrics: “Bakit nanggagaya, mayro’n naman tayo / Tayo’y mga Pinoy, tayo’y hindi Kano / Wag kang mahihiya kung ang ilong mo ay pango”
3. “Cold Summer Nights”
Fave lyrics: “It’s been cold summer nights since we drifted apart / Cold summer nights since you walked out that door / Cold summer nights here on my own / ‘Coz I miss you baby, I need you here”
4. “Man From Manila”
Album: Rap is FrancisM
Fave lyrics: “I am the Man from Manila, Kami ang tinig na kayumanggi / I am the man from Manila, Buhayin natin ang himig ng lahi”
5. “Girl Be Mine”
Album: Happy Battle
Fave lyrics: “Took a train at a station / And almost lost my patience ‘coz I was waiting / Damned rain delayed the train / Now I’m waitin’ in vain just to see your face”
6. “Mga Kababayan”
Fave lyrics: “Dapat magsumikap para tayo’y di maghirap / Ang trabaho mo pagbutihin mo / Dahil pag gusto mo ay kaya mo / Kung kaya mo ay kaya nya / At kaya nating dalawa”
7. “Ito Ang Gusto Ko”
Album: Meron Akong Ano!
Fave lyrics: “Ayoko sa dilim nagdidilim ang paningin / Ang kalayaang inaasam ay ibigay mo na sa akin / Mabuhay (nang tunay) makulay (ang buhay) / Ang luha’y ialay sa mga buhay na hinalay / Ang buhay natin ‘di kayang hamakin / Ipagtanggol ang karapatan natin”
8. “Three Stars and a Sun”
Fave lyrics: “Three stars and a sun, in one sky, so high / I live and die and die will I for my / Motherland this is the land of my birth / No purse is worth the price of this earth”
9. “Superproxy 2K6” ft. Ely Buendia and Hardware Syndrome
Album: Erasrheads’ Ultraelectromagneticjam!: The Music of the Eraserheads
Fave lyrics: “Ito ang kailangan mo / Idial lang ang telepono / Hindi na dapat maghirap / Sa iisang iglap ang buhay ay sasarap / ‘Wag nang mag-atubili kumuha ka ng Superproxy”
10. “Bagsakan” with Parokya ni Edgar and Gloc 9
Album: Parokya ni Edgar’s Halina Sa Parokya
Fave lyrics: “Ako’y taga Kalentong / Batang Mandaluyong na ngayon, nakatira sa Antipolo / Sumasaklolo sa mga Hip-Hop
Pwede karerin ‘to / Pwede rin trip lang”
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