Francis M. – Freeman

The iconic cover of the album featured an image of Magalona’s son Elmo, aged six months. A version of “Kabataan Para Sa Kinabukasan” became the advertising theme for the Royal Tru-Orange soda drink brand, since a previous FrancisM song, “Ito ang gusto ko!” had already been used to promote that product. The song was also featured in Pare Ko, a popular movie from that time which featured music from up and coming Pinoy Rock artists. “Kaleidoscope World” went on to win 1996 Awit Award for Best Produced Record of the Year, and the 1996 NU 107 Rock Award for Song of the Year. “Kaleidoscope World”‘s music video was directed by the celebrated director/cinematographer Raymond Red, and showed Magalona, his band Hardware Syndrome, his backup singers “the Evil Stepsisters”, and the respective children of Magalona and Red at that time.

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Francis Michael Durango Magalona (October 4, 1964 – March 6, 2009), also known by the moniker Francis M, was a Filipino rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur & television personality. He is widely regarded as the best and the most successful local Filipino rapper of all-time. Born in Manila, he is often credited as the pioneer of Pinoy hip-hop as he was the first Filipino rapper in the Philippines to cross over into the mainstream. He became a significant influence to artists in the Pinoy hip-hop scene & the local rap community.

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