After hearing feedback about his Panalo album, rapper Ez Mil felt compelled to issue an apology. Here you can check out the relevant lyrics and his explanation for them.
In July of 2020, as a promotional single for his album Act 1, Ez Mil released the song Panalo. Social media began to take note as he performed the song on the Wish USA Bus, despite the fact that it had not initially received much attention. Over 30 million people have seen the video ever then.
Panalo, which incorporates Tagalog and Ilocano, was written by Filipina-American Ez Mil as a nationalistic anthem.
Traditional Filipino folk dance Carinosa music is incorporated into the song itself. Some listeners, however, have taken offense to a single line in the song.
Here Are the Words to Ez Mil’s “Panalo”
Ez Mil raps throughout the song claiming the Battle of Mactan resulted in the death of Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu. In reality, though, the lyric is false. In contrast, Lapu-Lapu and his troops were responsible for the death of Portuguese adventurer Ferdinand Magellan.
The instant Lapu was decapitated in Mactan, I knew I had won. “Nanalo na ako nung uno pa na pinugutan si Lapu sa Mactan.”
Ex-Mil said that he included that particular verse because it rhymed with the next line and because he wanted to spark conversation. The task has been finished.
HE SAID SORRY, THE RAPPER
Many individuals were offended by the song, including the mayor of Lapu-Lapu City, who said of the lyrics, “This is a great insult to us Oponganons.” He made fun of our hero. If he doesn’t think Lapu-Lapu was heroic, he shouldn’t have written a song about him that will annoy the masses.
The Abs-Cbn Interview Featured an Apology from Ez Mil, Who Said:
Ez- Mil said I apologize to any Filipinos who could have been hurt by the fact that I used unreliable sources when writing about our past. He explained that this current rendition of the song was due to this same reason.
Because, in terms of the rhyme scheme, I constantly find myself in this conundrum or uncertainty as the song’s conclusion approaches my mind. Do I want to end with the truth or make people think about it? Just like I would do if I were considering my options.
He has apologized, but at a Wish USA press conference, he said, “I do not want to have a rectified version of the song because I feel like that damages the integrity that I had within recording it.” The reason it went viral was that it started a conversation, and I intend to keep it that way.