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Final Standing Ovation to the Philippines' One and Only Master Rapper



"I guess if we just loved our country so much we would be willing to die for it. I would. But a dead me is a useless me. I am more useful alive..."

—FrancisM, from his blog

FRANCIS DURAN MAGALONA
OCTOBER 4, 1964 - MARCH 6, 2009

- also known as FrancisM, Master Rapper, and The Man From Manila, was a prominent Filipino rapper, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and photographer. Often hailed as the "King of Pinoy Rap", he was considered a legend in the Philippine music community. With the success of his earliest albums, he was the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines cross over to the mainstream. He is also credited for having pioneered the merging of rap with Pinoy rock, becoming a significant influence to artists in that genre as well. He was also a popular television host, notably on MTV Asia where he served as one of the channel's first Filipino VJs, and on noontime variety television show Eat Bulaga!. Magalona died on March 6, 2009 at the age of 44 due to acute myelogenous leukemia.

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Big. Bad. EJ. said…
I join the entire world of Filipino artists in mourning for the demise of Francis M. But his legacy will live on...

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“In the end, the greatest victory we can know is the result of all of our hard work, discipline, and dedication: the realization of our dreams.”

Happy 20'ish Birthday, Magz!