Bassilyo, the guy behind the hit “Lord Patawad” (12.4 million views on YouTube) has kids and adults singing along to its lilting, skanking rhythm. His recently released album entitled “Klasik” begs the question: what does it take to create songs that cross over to a broad demography? What are the key elements to a future “classic”?
1. You gotta have lived.
“Kailangan malawak ang experience mo sa buhay,” Bassilyo tells Yahoo.
2. You gotta have swag.
“Kailangan may swag o angas na tinatawag. Pero di naman puro angas. Kelangan may balance para maka-connect ka sa mga tao,” he explains.
3. You gotta pick the right words.
“Tula muna ang rap bago lagyan ng melody. Yung rap mo, ang dami mong masasabi. Yung rhyme antimano andyan na. Piliin mo na lang mga makabuluhang salita.”
4. You gotta throw in a little satire.
On his new album, Bassilyo has a song called “Walang Kwentang Kanta,” which, despite its throwaway title, spins satirical snipes at the contradictions in how people conduct their