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English Songs by Filipino Artists: Featured: Francis M. (Genre: Hiphop/Alternative Rock)
Francis M or Francis Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009) is known as the King of Rap and Father of Hiphop in the Philippines. When Hiphop was starting to be popular in the United States, Francis Magalona took the first steps into popularizing the musical genre in the Philippines.
While Francis M's influences were mostly foreign artists, his creativity in music allowed him to craft a style of his own and even allowed him to pioneer the merging of rap with pinoy rock.1
Francis M is very influential to the Filipino youth because of his musical style. It is a blessing that he realized how much of a following he has and realize that he can use his music for a greater purpose than just entertainment. He never fails to use his music in spreading the message that it is important for Filipinos to be nationalistic and patriotic, to love and embrace their Filipino-ness, be united, and be proud of their roots.
I still hear the voices of Elvis Presley, John Lennon, Tupac Shakur, Kurt Cobain, The Notorious B.I.G. and Frank Sinatra to name a few. And their voices rise from their graves. I am lucky to have been a recording artist and one day when I leave this world, just like the names I mentioned, my voice will be heard. Always. At a touch of a button or switch, I am “alive” again. In essence music is life. Music is immortality. -FrancisM
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