I’ve heard plenty of bilingual songs in my day, but never have a heard a trilingual song until Filipino-born, Las Vegas-based rapper, Ez Mil unleashed his intense single, “27 Mil” off his upcoming album, DU4LI7Y (Duality), due out this summer, under FFP Records and distributed by Virgin Music/UMG! He is the first Filipino to sign a contract with Virgin Music Hollywood | UMG as an Artist/Musician.
This 23-year-old from Olongapo City, Philippines has proven to be one of the hottest up-and-coming rap artists out there. His seamless transitions switching between English, Tagalog (the national language of the Philippines), and Ilocano (a dialect of the Philippines) while keeping up the explosive speed of his verses is one of the most impressive things I’ve personally heard, musically! A bold statement but: I would consider him the Filipino Eminem!
“27” is his favorite number and “bodies” represents victims of societal brutality. On the single, he says, “I hope my track enlightens people, or at least make them critically think and be aware of our society. Let’s not get blindsided with the good and be ignorant with evil.”
Ez Mil had recently made and appearance on the Apple Music radio show, the Charlie Sloth Rap Show, which has featured everyone like artists such as Drake, Stormzy and Migos. The impressive Fire in the Booth episode and here on YouTube, gives Ez Mil the opportunity to showcase his effortless ability to seamlessly perform live and brilliantly weave in and out of Tagalog and English.
Ez Mil’s hit song, “Panalo,” was performed on Wish Bus USA, a video that has since garnered almost 71 million views. Ez Mil then released a special version of the video, celebrating boxing icon and Filipino Senator Manny Pacquiao. Following that event, he appeared on LA’s Power 106 last year, where he performed an emotionally-charged freestyle nodding to the late and great Nipsey Hussle and YG. Notably, he has 1.1 million likes on Facebook, nearly 700,000 subscribers on YouTube, and 365,000 followers on TikTok.