Music has always been a source of entertainment for people. Whether to fill in silent moments, ease your boredom while commuting, or even lull yourself to sleep, it has already become a constant in our lives. But what if music goes beyond that catchy melody and actually mean something deep and profound?
So here are three Filipino artists who dominate the music industry not only with their catchy tunes and pleasing melodies, but also with their substance and depth by showcasing the Filipino culture and society through their songs.
1. Francis Magalona
“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.” (Kaleidoscope World by Francis Magalona)
You’re definitely not a Filipino if you don’t know who this artist is. Dubbed as the one and only Filipino King of Rap, Francis M. Magalona is one of the country’s iconic and legendary rappers of all time. His hit songs such as Tayo’y Mga Pinoy, Mga Kababayan and Kabataan Para Sa Kinabukasan never fail to inflame the Filipino heart with pride. My personal favorite, Kaleidoscope World, is a really heartfelt and uplifting song which embraces the differences and uniqueness of each person.
Check out the best Francis M songs here.
“Medyo mahina sige ilakas mo pa, sa may bintana upang marinig nila. Ang tugtugan para sa mga pinaka, makukulet ngunit talagang masaya.” (Hoy by Gloc-9)
Gloc-9, “a blacksmith of words and letters, and a true Filipino poet” as said by Mr. Francis Magalona himself, has risen to become one of the standards for Philippine rap and music. Each and every song of his, from Upuan, Walang Natira, Businessman to Sirena among many others, all invoke a strong sense of craftsmanship and passion to each work.
These songs present different issues of the Philippine society from corruption, migration of Filipino workers abroad and even the stigma of homosexuals in the country without compromising the catchy and pleasing sound of it which we all want to find in music.
He also ventures on portraying the Filipino culture and identity. Check out his latest single “Hoy” below which will definitely give you the music bug with his witty and smooth flowing lines while depicting who the Filipino is as a people.
Discover Gloc-9’s sick verses here.
3. Vice Ganda
“Nakatitig sa kanyang ganda, biglang nagsalita. Oh, gutom pala, kumakalam na ang sikmura, kung ano-anong inuna. Mag-mamon ka nga, nakaka-turn-off ka. Asikasuhin pag-aaral, sayang ang matrikula.” (Wag Kang Pabebe by Vice Ganda)
Do not be deceived by Vice Ganda’s seemingly nonsensical song titles such as Boom Panes, KaraKaraka and Whoops Kirri. Vice Ganda’s songs actually boast rich and timely lyrics used to portray relevant social issues especially to those directed to the youth.
My personal favorite, Wag Kang Pabebe, depicts the youth who is always preoccupied with unnecessary things such as taking selfies, filming oneself while twerking like Miley and all sorts of pabebe actions instead of prioritizing one’s responsibilities to his studies and his family. Vice Ganda encourages the youth to be more productive as students and children of their parents by using the language that they understand and relate very well to. Kudos to the Pambansang Kabayo for that.
Tune in to Vice Ganda’s songs here.
So the next time you get annoyed with the repetitive dubstep you hear on the radio, try listening to these Filipino artists and enjoy music with depth and profundity.