"Music is for everybody."
This was the ultimate message of rap artist Gloc-9 as he weighed in last Friday, August 14, on the issue of celebrity kids being given more opportunities in the local music industry, as compared to local musicians pursuing their dream on their own.
The issue arose after Michael Pacquiao, the son of Manny Pacquiao, took social media by storm with his original composition, "Hate," which he performed recently on the Wish 107.5 bus.
In just a few weeks since it was first uploaded, the video already has more than 7 million views and thousands of positive comments.
"Hate" is part of Michael's debut album Dreams. He is set to drop another song on September 1.
On Instagram, Gloc-9 wrote, "Mayaman o mahirap, kilala man o hindi. Maaaring mas madali para sa iba dahil mas may resources sila pero hindi ito basehan kung sino ang mas karapat-dapat.
"Ang tanong ay kung gaano mo ito kamahal at pagtatrabahuhan. Kaya mo ba itong ipaglaban kahit mahirapan ka at tila walang pumapansin sa 'yo, o kapag parang walang nangyayari ay tatalikuran mo?
"Lagi nating tatandaan na sa kahit na ano mang inaasintang pangarap, kapag umayaw ka, doon ka lang matatalo," he added. "Laban! Tumba! Tayo! Laban ulit!"
Based on his song "Talumpati", Gloc-9, whose real name is Aristotle Pollisco, began his music career after being discovered by Filipino hip hop group Death Threat during a drive-by show with fellow rapper Andrew E.
He has since made a name for himself through his hit songs "Magda," "Halik," "Sirena" and "Upuan."