Thursday, September 6, 2012

Makinig sa Mga Kuwento ng Makata(The Stories of a Poet) ni Gloc 9



Rapping at par excellence. Ganyan ang masasabi ko sa bagong album  ni Gloc 9 na Mga Kuwento Ng Makata o MKNM. Alam na natin ang kredibilidad ni Gloc 9 pagdating sa pagrarap. Ito yong tipong lahat ng tao makakarelate sa kanyang mga makatang awitin. I have witnessed how Gloc 9 justified his own brand of music from Diploma to Talumpati. And now comes a new album with the same Gloc 9 style but with new attack . 

Alam na naman natin na usual topic ni Gloc 9 sa mga rap nya ay about politics, mga isyu ng kahirapan at pangarap sa buhay. Ang masasabi ko lang sa MKNM ay mas lalong lumalim ang sakop ni Gloc 9. Let's take the carrier single Sirena. The song is all about the struggles of gays in the  pursuit of acceptance and understanding. When I first heard the song and about the concept of the song, medyo kinabahan ako sa aking idolo na si Gloc 9 kasi this is a risk on his part. Risky sya kasi hindi nya naman to experience. This is something he could not relate. If you will listen to his previous albums, lahat yon nasusulat nya base sa kanyang perspektibo bilang ama, mamamayan at bilang tao na nangangarap. He is an expert in expressing his thoughts based on his experience through rapping. At bilang isang ordinaryong tao naman sya noon, lahat tayo nakakarelate kasi it's all about dreaming, about poverty and about love. Eh sino ba ang hindi naranansang mangarap, sino ang hindi nakadanas ng kahirapan at sino ang hindi umibig? Diba lahat naman tayo? Kaya relate na relate tayo kasi alam nya ang mga ito. But with his new song Sirena, he expresses the song in the perspective of a gay. Eh alam naman natin na hindi gay si Idol Gloc 9 diba? But I was surprised how gays and even not gays accepted the song.  Gloc 9 nailed it and I will not be surprised if MKNM will set a record on Gloc 9's music career. Kung naging maganda ang outcome ng Talumpati album, mas lalong susuportahan ng tao ang MKNM ni Gloc 9.

What is good about MKNM is that bigatin ang mga nakacollaborate ni Gloc 9 dito. He collaborated with Ebe Dancel in the song "Sirena, Jay Durias for "Hindi Mo Nadinig", Bamboo Manalac for "Salarin", Chito Miranda for "Pison" and Billy Crawford for "Bakit Hindi" at marami pang iba.

Ito lang masasabi ko sa bawat kanta ni Gloc 9 sa album na ito:

1. "Balak ni Syke (Syke's Plan)"

“Kung may alak, may balak”... that’s what syke’s says.. pero ginawa ang album na ito na may balak pero walang alak. What a seamless and clean introduction. Pure talk with sense!!!!

2. "Apatnapungbara" (featuring Ian Tayao)

I can’t seem to decrypt the message of this song. For me, it’s all about being a poser. Yon bang ipinakilala mo ang sarili mo na makata pero hindi naman.

3. "Silup (Semordnilap of the Tagalog word Pulis which means "Police")" (featuring Denise Barbacena)

A song tribute to our Policemen. The girl’s voice here is so powerful that the song keeps repeating on my subconscious after I heard it.
Well this song comes to the rescue of our policemen. This is in response to the recent news and events that affect the name of our policemen. We have to understand that they are all in the same boat, but not all of them are corrupt. We should not generalize all of them because if there are unfaithful policemen, there are also loyal and honest ones.

4. "Alalay Ng Hari (King's Assistant)" (featuring G-Dawg a.k.a. Gordon Lambatan)

I like this song. Parang pang chill lang. Ganda pa ng message. If I guessed it right, this song is a tribute to the original King of rap Francis M. This is Gloc 9’s message of gratitude to Kiko.

5. "Sirena (Mermaid)" (featuring Ebe Dancel)

I may say that Gloc 9’s rap is in perfect combination with Ebe Dancel’s Balladish/RnBish voice. I think this song is a perfect choice for carrier single. If Silup comes to the rescue of policemen, this song is to rescue gays from judgment and misunderstanding.

6. "Hindi Mo Nadinig" (featuring Jay Durias)

RnB meets rap. For some reason, the tune of this song sounds familiar to me. Jay Durias’ presence is so powerful in this song. This one is a love song about a hopeless romantic man being denied by love despite the fact that he exerted effort to achieve it. Well sometimes, some things are just not meant to be.

7. "Salarin (Malefactor)" (featuring Bamboo Mañalac)

I was excited to hear this song when I found out that this is collaboration with Bamboo. I like the combination of Bamboo’s savvy voice and Gloc 9’s mass appeal. Nice job!!!

I was expecting either Bamboo to sing Tagalog to adjust with Gloc 9 or vise versa. But both of them used their own style and identity in this song. However, this is a song that not everybody could recall easily despite the nice message of this song. The song is all about poverty.

9. "Inday (Pinoy slang for maid)" (featuring Cathy Go)

If Sirena is for gays, Silup for Policemen, this song is for our ever loyal and faithful house maids. Sobrang makakarelate ang mga kasambahay natin dito. This song would inform everybody na kahit katulog sila, they once have dreams. Minsan din silang nangarap at nangangarap, but then again, sa hirap ng buhay, wala silang choice but to accept odd jobs para lang makasurvive.

10. "Bakit Hindi (Why Not)" (featuring Billy Crawford)

I am not sure how Billy’s popularity can help this song to the mainstream but if we based it on the musicality of this song, I think this is something you can play in social gatherings even with the elites. Tungkol ito sa pangarap at sa pagpupursige na abutin ito. Lahat ng mga nangangarap can relate to this song.

11. "Malakas (Strong)"

A filler and at the same time an intro to the next song Pison featuring Chito Miranda. Astig kasi may chipmunk.

12. "Pison (Steamroller)" (featuring Chito Miranda)

Kakaiba to kasi parang electronic ang genre. Parang challenge for Chito and Gloc 9. Alam naman natin na iba ang genre nila but they tried to appear and sound electronic in this song.
This song is a warning. Warning sa lahat ng mga nangangarap at parang reminder na rin.

13. "Thankful" (featuring Maychelle Baay of Moonstar88 and Bambu)

Ito talaga bigatin..... kasi naka English ang rap ni boss Gloc 9. Although parang nakakapanibago, pero ok na rin. Mas gusto ko pa rin tagalog rap nya.

14. "Hari ng Tondo (King of Tondo)" (featuring Denise Barbacena)

This is all about the life in Tondo. This song is so catchy that I could even sing along with the song even I heard it for the first time. This song speaks about injustices, poverty and crime.

15. "Kung Tama Siya (If He Is Right)" (featuring Jaq Dionisio of Kissjane)

I felt nostalgic when I heard Jaq Dionisio in this song. I like the song because of her. The song is all about risking life for the Country. Para sa mga nagdudunong dunungan at nagbabaya bayanihan. Kung sino man yong “Sya” na tinutukoy ditto, it remains a mystery. Maaring si Dr. Jose Rizal, or an gating mga magulang or an gating Presidente.

1 comment:

  1. I'm a huge fan of G9 simply because he's a great representative of Pinoy hip-hop. He's gritty, real, and unbelievably emotional in his songs.

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