If you caught this week's episode of Marvel's The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, you might have heard Tagalog. The song Amatz by the controversial rapper Shanti Dope finds its way into the MCU. The latest Marvel miniseries on Disney+ follows two frenemy Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier). The show picks up after the results of Avengers: Endgame and when Captain America (Chris Evans) gives his shield to The Falcon.
Episode 3, "Power Broker" takes the duo to a fictional Southeast Asian island of Madripoor. About a one-minute snippet of the song plays to set up the scene of Madripoor's low town. The beat and fast pace lyrics of the song fits well with the grungy aesthetic of the scene. The Philippines banned the song because of its controversial message. However, now Marvel puts Tagalog on an international stage.
In the credits, Amatz was written by Shanti Dope alongside co-writer Lester Vano (also known as Klumcee). This isn't the first time he has worked with Disney. He also worked with Disney star and singer Sabrina Carpenter on a remix of her song, Almost Love.
ABOUT SHANTI DOPE
Sean Patrick Ramos (born April 15, 2001), known professionally as Shanti Dope, is a Filipino rapper, singer and songwriter. He is known for his songs "Nadarang", "Shantidope", "MAU", and "Amatz".
Shanti Dope started writing verses in 2013 following the footsteps of local rappers who use songwriting as a way to tell stories. Influenced by the idea of storytelling through rap, his first long verse got him into rapper Smugglaz' 2015 album Walking Distance. - WhenInManila.com