His thought-provoking and meaningful songs are still being played everywhere: radio stations, Spotify, just to name a few.
Francis Magalona, famously known as FrancisM or Master Rapper, was the pioneer of rap songs in the Philippines. Moreover, he had significant contributions in mixing rap with Pinoy rock genre, which I think was a brilliant move in the music industry.
When Francis passed away seven years ago, the whole showbiz and music industry mourned for an iconic and legendary performer of all time. He joined Our Creator, March 6, 2009, and survived by a dedicated wife and eight beautiful children, who have followed his footsteps in the music and acting scenes.
The Master Rapper had also explored entrepreneurship. Apart from his successful singing career, he also ventured into different endeavors. He had established a name in Photography. Ultimately, he also presented his clothing line called FMCC, which stood for “FrancisM Clothing Co.” FMCC is sold in stores called “3 Stars & A Sun.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Francis, “The Father of Pinoy Hip-Hop,” received countless awards and citations due to his phenomenal contributions in the music industry.
Sadly, he succumbed to complications of acute myeloid leukemia after battling with it for 7 months.
Today would’ve been his 52nd birthday. But to remember the “Man from Manila” and the “King of Philippine Rap,” here’s a list of 8 unforgettable Francis M’s songs that will make you feel nostalgic.
8. Mga Praning (Paranoids)
One of the many hats he wore was being an actor. He appeared in several movies like “Ano Ba Yan 1” in 1992. If you listen closely to the lyrics, he talked about the transparency of people using drugs. He knew back then, that drugs would be a menace to society.
7. Gotta Let Cha Know
6. Nilamon ng Sistema
5. Cold Summer Nights
4. Tayo’y Mga Pinoy
3. The Man from Manila
2. Mga Kababayan (Fellow Countrymen)
1. Kaleidoscope World
You may be gone, but your music and wisdom will live forever. Happy Birthday, Kiko!
How did Francis M songs influence you? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.