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Who is “Francis M”

Francis M Biography

Real Name: Francis Michael Durango Magalona
Born: October 4, 1964
Died: March 6, 2009
Alias: Francis M, Master Rapper, The Mouth and The Man From Manila
Occupation: Rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and photographer

Francis M was the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines to cross over into the mainstream. He was 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 television host on “MTV Asia” and “Channel V Philippines” and on noontime variety television show “Eat Bulaga!”

Francis M would ultimately be cited not just the “King of Philippine Rap” but also “The Father of Pinoy Hip Hop“.

Magalona’s contributions to the Hip-hop scene have been featured in several international Hip-hop publications including the All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap and Hip-Hop (2003) published by Backbeat Books; as well as the May 2004 issue of the U.S.-based publication The Source. He was also given the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award by Empire Entertainment at the 1st Annual Philippine Hip-Hop Music Awards in 2005.

Francis Magalona died seven months after being diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.

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