July 31, 2012

NEW VIDEO: Loonie - "Tao Lang"

Loonie isn’t exactly what you call a hiphop superstar or another nationalist messiah in the Francis Magalona mold. He’s one of the pioneering forces behind the success of Fliptop, a local underground rap battle that sets up two emcees for a match of the shrewdest insults and the most ingenious punch lines.

Late last year, he released the single “From Saudi With Love,” a desert diary anthem that pretty much sums up the sentiments of our OFWs in the Middle East. It was a chart success, peaking inside the top 20 of the Pinoy MYX countdown and garnered heavy radio airplay. But more than the commercial viability that caught the interest of the public, it’s a song that plays around with hooks and goofs; his wordplay, still as cutthroat and seething as ever, deals with dark humor and social commentary in a cautiously balanced stride. Sort of like a watered down version of Gloc 9, only funnier.

His follow-up single, the Klumcee-produced “Tao Lang” seems to keep track of the brilliant act that he is destined to be. It's a song that stings of heart-rending humanness, showing Loonie at his most vulnerable glow. Quest sings the hook on the chorus, and as usual, Loonie raps with unadulterated confidence, serenading us with tall-tale inspiration. Watch the video below and download the new track here for free.

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