Saturday, March 7, 2009

Master Rapper Francis M Dead at 44

Francis MagalonaIt has been about a week now since I decided that this blog fit the humor category better than any other. But I guess there are moments when humor has to park. This is one of them.

I would just like to take this chance to give my views on the death of Filipino Master Rapper Francis M. He passed away at the age of 44 due to the complications of sepsis, pneumonia, and multiple organ failure in Medical City, Pasig at 12:20 p.m. on March 6, 2009. He fought leukemia for almost eight months. His wife Pia with whom he has had eight children are left in his passing.

I first heard of Francis M from my mom way back when he was at his prime in the 90s. My mom was a huge fan and I suspect that she liked the guy for reasons other than his rapping. After all, imagining a woman in her late 40s singing, "Yo, yo, ito ang gusto ko (this is what i want)," is just plain creepy.

I was never a rapper girl myself but I would choose to listen to his music over today’s popular music in a heartbeat. What made him stand out in my book was his intense love for country, his genuine respect for people and his deep value for things that matter to the youth. I would listen to his music because his nationalism and drive for youth empowerment permeated his work and his soul. In these troubled times, he is the kind of man our country needs if only as a well of ideals.

Why do many of the good, young ones have to go so early?

May you rest in peace Francis M.

*Photo taken from Francis M's multiply page


  1. i have a friend whose mom works in america. her mom called at like 5 in the morning and when my friend picked up the phone, her mom was crying, "patay na si francis m!! why didn't you tell me sooner?!"

    i liked him because his songs weren't about stupid stuff like money or women. they really had substance.

    may he rest in peace...

  2. my mom cried too.

    I agree with you 100% aimee. his songs are so relevant, deep and useful and that's not something you can say about a lot of other rappers.

    it feels great that the first ever rapper to go mainstream in the Philippines was one who represented the country's heart and soul

  3. A really big lost to the industry. He's a great artist, song writer, entertainer, patriot...

    I was shocked when I found out he died...


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