In "Shantidope," Gloc-9, widely regarded as one of the most talented rappers of his generation, finds himself searching perhaps for the next great rhymer to take hip-hop further into the mainstream, in the same way he did during the height of his career.
"Ang dami dami daming maiingay doon sa amin / O kay tagal ko nang nag-iikot para hanapin / Kung sinong sumusulat at humihingang malalim / At di hilaw ang kanin kapag siya ang nagsasaing," the verse goes before it repeats the name Shanti Dope.
Gloc-9 is admittedly a big fan of the teen, a skilled lyricist who at 16 has been making waves in the local music scene with his hit "Nadarang," a dreary, dark tune about drugs and tortured pining.
Shanti Dope's new video for the eponymous song released Friday has a similarly grim and vivid narrative, introducing the impoverished environment he grew up in --"Lumaki na guton lamang ang 'di kayang kalabanin."
It also features Gloc-9, bopping his head as Shanti Dope delivers his clever, intricately composed rhymes in front of him, his obvious approval helping instill the new video with a decided feel of a passing of the torch, from one great rapper to the next big name in the industry.
"Shantidope" is included in Shanti Dope's recently released EP, which is available on iTunes and Spotify.