Renowned rapper Gloc-9, or Aristotle “Aries” Pollisco, proves he is a master of words as he transforms his lyrics into inspiring poetry verses in his first book under ABS-CBN Publishing entitled “Akin Lang Naman.”
Well known for his songs such as “Upuan,” “Hari ng Tondo,” “Magda,” and “Sirena” that contain statements on struggle, discrimination, or patriotism, Gloc-9 is one of the most looked-up-to songwriters in the country. As the artist rarely writes the lyrics we hear in final songs formally, this is the first time that his works as a writer and more specifically, as a poet, will be seen through this new poem collective.
National Artist for Literature Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera praised the poetic side of Gloc-9, stating in the book’s foreword that the works were of city-life consciousness, reflecting the rapper’s mass activist advocacy.
Theater director Tuxqs Rutaquio also identified with the songwriter’s work as he indicated in his review. He said, “Gloc-9’s poetry speaks within a community that struggles against atrocities whether it be poverty, corruption, prostitution, or gender discrimination. He understands these inequities and speaks of these with passion and sarcasm, wit and humor, shooting words like bullets from a gun.”
The book comes in two artistic covers—one by artist Mervin Malonzo and the other by the book’s editor, concert photographer Katrina Stuart Santiago.
The newly published writer first shared his print project during the 2017 Philippine Readers and Writers Festival recently held in Raffles Makati.
Gloc-9’s book, “Akin Lang Naman,” is now available in leading newsstands and bookstores nationwide for only P195.