Fil-Am artist Ez Mil signs up with Virgin Music, releases Pacquiao version of ‘Panalo’

Published June 10, 2021, 6:35 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

Ez Mil (Jayar Left Eye Tolentino) 

Virgin Music Label and Artist Services announced on June 9 that it has signed notable Filipino-American musician and rapper Ez Mil. 

Last January, his explosive performance of his song “Panalo” recorded on the Wish USA Bus has garnered almost 60 million views on YouTube. 

To commemorate signing up with Virgin, Ez Mil has released another video for the song “Panalo,” this time featuring boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao. 

“I believe that signing with UMG/Virgin Music amplifies my freedom as a singer-songwriter and as a record producer. We, FFP Records distributed by Virgin Music, sealed our trust and confidence that we can conquer the world through our music,” said Ez Mil. 

 Jacqueline Saturn, president of Virgin Music, said, “Ez Mil is a young, fierce and creative artist that can go the distance and is already making a huge impact. He is a unique and powerful voice and force in Hip hop. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Virgin Music family.”

The video for “Panalo” is the “Pacquiao Version” featuring boxing footage of the legend interspersed with a powerful heritage embracing anthem as Ez raps in his native Filipino with English subtitles translating the inspiring chorus: “We are Filipino, no matter the color of our skin, we will take it to heart. No matter our Filipino dialect, no one can beat the ferocity of our blood.” 

The song, released on FFP Records, switches back and forth between Filipino and English, with an impassioned rapid-fire lyrical performance by Ez accompanied by a posse of young Filipino hip hop artists and performers surrounding him.

Ez Mil has steadily risen to prominence around the globe since 2020, amassing millions of streams on Spotify, 601,000 YouTube subscribers, and social media following with over 360,000 followers on TikTok and over one million between Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. 

There are about 180 million total YouTube views from user-generated content (UGC) with his name in the title. His “Panalo” performance has garnered 2,570 YouTube UGC assets. 

Ez Mil was born and raised in Olongapo City in the Philippines. His parents were immersed in Filipino rock and roll scene and Ez’s “rebellion” was to find his musical passion in hip hop and rap. As he matured and expanded his musical horizons, Ez was exposed to R&B/pop infused with hip hop. 

His love for the music of Chris Brown became his obsession which further led him to practice that artist’s vocal athleticism and dance moves. He eventually became obsessed with the dance troupe, Jabbawockeez, diversifying his style to include krump, Michael Jackson, pop n’ lock, isolation, and a little bit of B-boy.  Ez’s first love remains hip hop which is the genre of music that is giving him his biggest hits.

Ez Mil will be putting out new music and other creative content this year through his partnership with Virgin Music.

Here is Ez Mil’s “Panalo (Pacquiao Version)”: