Controversial Shanti Dope Song ‘Amatz’ reaches new heights after being featured in Marvel Series
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Controversial Shanti Dope Song ‘Amatz’ reaches new heights after being featured in Marvel Series

Apr 3, 2021, 6:09 AM
Nicole Pulido

Nicole Pulido

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A Pinoy rap song that drew controversy due to its alleged reference to illegal drugs is now on a 'Marvel' series.

Amatz’ was playing in the background as The Falcon, Bucky Barnes and Baron Zemo were rolling into a club in the fictitious and Southeast Asian island of Madripoor, which looks like a cross between Singapore and Hong Kong, except there are more Caucasians than Asians

LAKAS ng amats ko / Sobrang natural / Walang halong kemikal,” spits Shanti Dope in the featured verse of the rap, ‘Amatz’.

This popular rap song of Pinoy artist Shanti Dope is going places and is being heard everywhere attesting to its growing popularity not only in the country but internationally as well.

This, after the Marvel series ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ featured the homegrown rap song "Amatz," sending mostly Pinoy netizens scrolling through Episode 3 of the series, hoping to catch a few verses.

The rapper confirmed his song's appearance on the show by reposting his manager Thea Gomez Pollisco’s announcement and sharing a screen capture of the end credits.

On Twitter, fans shared screen captures of the end credits that listed the Shanti Dope song.

By late Friday, Shanti Dope was trending even though Disney+ is not officially available in the Philippines.

‘Amatz’ was playing in the background as The Falcon, Bucky Barnes and Baron Zemo were rolling into a club in the fictitious and Southeast Asian island of Madripoor, which looks like a cross between Singapore and Hong Kong, except there are more Caucasians than Asians.

‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’ centers around the struggles of the two leads with the void left by the death of Captain America, played by Chris Evans.

‘Amatz’ is an assertive and aggressive assemblage of bars. The rap challenges the hyper-focused notions of amats, which is slang for being drunk, buzzed, or high, by essaying the all too familiar realities in the Philippines.

Catchy as it is, the Filipino rap gained notoriety prior to its musical cameo in The Falcon And The Winter Soldier, following a controversial move by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency to ban the rap for its alleged promotion of marijuana, which is still illegal to use in the country.

Reacting to the issue, Shanti Dope's management called on PDEA to listen to the whole song and not just take a few lines out of context.

"To take apart a song and judge it based on certain lyrics that offend us is unfair to the songwriter; to presume that our reading of a song is the only valid one is offensive to an audience that might be more mature than we think." Shanti Dope’s management said.

(NP)

Tags: #cinema, #PinoyRap, #Marvelfranchise, #Amatz

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