Ez Mil's 'Panalo' can be problematic and here's why

Jan 30, 2021 3 comments

While some people express their love for the country by writing poetry, some artists "rap about it." Take it from legendary Francis M. and Gloc 9, who are only some of the many local rappers who aren't afraid to talk about social issues and daily realities in their songs.


Nowadays, the new wave of Filipino rappers is also challenging the status quo and bringing inspiration and empowerment to the locals. Proving that Pinoy hip-hop is now more diverse than ever, and the influence of classic artists such as Francis M. has become immortal.


Read: Redefining Rap Culture In The Philippines



The Carinosa trap


Joining the new breed of young rappers is Half Filipino-half Caucasian Ez Mil who is currently making noise online with his rap single "Panalo," which he performed on Wish USA Bus. The Olongapo-born rapper describes his song as a "Carinosa trap," and gave a nod to his ethnicity and a shoutout to every Filipino. 


The rap song is indeed catchy and full of potential. However, as I listen to it carefully, I figured that it is quite problematic in some parts. 



Talking negatives


In the chorus, which also serves as the song's hook, Ez Mil sings, "Wag nang pag-usapan ang mga negatibong pangyayari," and that's where it gets problematic. While the song is sonically good, and his rapping skills are undoubtedly impeccable,  the lyrics don't fit the goal he wants to convey. If you listen to it closely, it's just another song pulling us towards romanticizing toxic positivity and glorifying resilience.  


If we have learned anything in the past couple of months, it's that romanticizing toxic positivity and glorifying resilience has brought more damage than pride to our country. In case you forgot: Not talking about the negative things that are happening is an excuse to prolong the torture in silence. 

Sorry to burst your bubble, but we need to talk about these "negatibo" and take action. We should not keep on relying upon and singing "walang tatalo sa bagsik ng ating dugo," because it can only go too far. These are the things we should talk about because it opens long-overdue conversations. If we want a progressive future, we should not be silent about the things that matter. 


Well, to end this on a positive note, Ez Mil's "Panalo" is definitely a banger and serves as an excellent start for him— less the problematic lines ofc!  My favorite line from the song would be his rant about "most of us didn't grow up with a trust fund." relatable af. 


Watch his performance below:




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Comments

  1. Ridiculous how now, being positive and resilient is seen as a bad thing. These are good things. What's bad is the situation that filipinos are in. Without these two great traits we'd be in a much worse state.

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  2. I think you are misinterpreting what EZ Mil was trying to convey here. Of course, who would want to talk about all the negativity that surrounds us? I guess, no one eh. Not talking about it does not mean you just sweep them all under the rug. What EZ Mil wants to say, I think, is to stop being so pessimist and think all the positive things you can do to help yourselves and others.

    Dwelling too much on negativity will bring you nowhere. Positivity cultivates the minds and brings out the best in all of us. Also, being resilient has been a very good trait of all Pinoys ever since the Spaniards colonization. We have seen many times how Pinoys show resiliency in times of crises, man-made or otherwise.

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  3. I think it has something to do with pessimism. But you have a good point.

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