Shanti Dope is a Filipino rapper and songwriter. He is popular for the songs “Nadarang” and “MAU”
And recently his new song “Amatz” caught the attention of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA).
They want to prevent the song from being aired because they believe the song’s lyrics promotes the usage of drugs or smoking marijuana.
“Lakas ng amats ko, sobrang natural, walang halong kemikal,” “Ito hinangad ko lipadin ay mataas pa, sa kaya ipadama sa’yo ng gramo, ‘di bale nang musika ikamatay.”
Reportedly, PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino has written to MTRCB, Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit and ABS-CBN Corporation to stop the airing of the song on national TV.
“It appears that the singer was referring to the high effect of marijuana, being in its natural/organic state and not altered by any chemical compound.”
The PDEA chief stated.
He also makes it clear that they respect and appreciate the artists in the music industry but they are against songs or musical pieces that promote the recreational use of drugs like marijuana and shabu. As it’s contrary to their fight against illegal drugs.
He recommends that the song should be banned from airing.
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