MANILA (UPDATE) — Shanti Dope's hit song "Amatz," which courted controversy in 2019 for allegedly promoting use of illegal drug marijuana, has been featured in an episode of "Falcon and the Winter Soldier," the latest Marvel offering on Disney+.
The song had drawn protest from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency for supposedly encouraging weed use just as government pursued a fierce drug war, to which the artist pushed back, saying the song should be taken in full context.
The Filipino rapper shared the good news on his official Facebook page on Friday, re-posting an announcement by his manager, Thea Gomez Pollisco.
Pollisco said it was back in December when they received an email from Marvel Studios regarding the use of Shanti Dope's song.
"This is the second international collab inquiry for Shanti Dope. The first one, Disney emailed us for Shanti's collab with Sabrina Carpenter. Now Marvel naman at masaya kami dahil 'Amatz' song pa," she said.
Also seen in Pollisco's post is a short clip featuring the Filipino rap track.
Minutes later, Shanti Dope also shared a screengrab from the end credits of the show, which included "Amatz" and its creators.
"God is the greatest," he said.
Shanti Dope released "Amatz" in 2019, following the success of his debut single, "Nadarang."
The PDEA earlier sought to prevent release of the song as it supposedly promotes marijuana use.
In response, Shanti Dope's management called on PDEA to "listen to the whole song and not just take a few lines out of context."
They added: "To take apart a song and judge it based on certain lyrics that offend us is unfair to the songwriter; to presume that our reading of a song is the only valid one is offensive to an audience that might be more mature than we think."
The rapper's camp also said the proposed ban sets a "dangerous precedent for creative and artistic freedom in the country, when a drug enforcement agency can unilaterally decide on what a song is about, and call for its complete ban because it is presumed to go against government’s war on illegal drugs."
"This is a brazen use of power, and an affront to our right to think, write, create, and talk freely about the state of the nation."