Today, we commemorate the anniversary of Proclamation No. 1081, better known as the Martial Law declaration of September 21, 1972. And we’re reminded by a track called ‘Terrorist’ by Yohi.

TerrorisT by Yohi was released last May on Spotify and iTunes, and we think today is the best day for you to play it on repeat.

Terrorist by Yohi

Listen to it now right here! And of course, we can’t help but share with you a part of the song that we loved best!

Backstreets and every bend
Boulevards, avenues
Check the news
Every channel sees the blood on the cement
Lives expendable, lies contemptible
Snip off the tentacle
And leave the head
To grow it back again

Power trip on a boy with his knees bent
Pleaded for his dignity left
They hand a gun to his right
Before the lead gets expelled to his head
Pack of meth, evidence, over the pool he has bled
Quota met

We know that the track talks about the current administration, and we’re talking about 1972. But if you listen to the last two verses, you’ll see that Yohi also talks about how everything happening now, that he’s reminded of Tibo Mijares and Archimedes Trajano, and Lean Alejandro and Dacer and Corbito, Sherlyn Cadapan, Alay-ay, and Olalia, Tullo Favali, Jonas Burgos, and Eden Marcellana.

Yohi continues with the list of victims and desaparacidos talking about “the three thousand two hundred fifty-seven and counting, disappeared and tortured victims of salvage. It reminds me of the threat and fear and terror that’s been there ever since. And ever since we all been asking ’em this. Tell us who’s the terrorist.”

This track really makes you think, and that’s what we love about it. It makes you think about everything happening now and how it feels similar to what happened 46 years ago. It makes you think and empathize with the artist’s sentiments, whether you agree with him or not. It makes you think, feel, and maybe even act—and we think that that’s what art really is about.

More about the artist

Yohi is a Southern Tagalog born and bred hiphop artist. Originally from Lucena City in Quezon Province, he is now based in Laguna.

Exclusive Interview with Yohi!

Want to learn more about the artist? Fret now! Because we’ve got an EXCLUSIVE interview with him for you right here!

How did you get started with music?

My parents are both musicians—both are members of the music group Kalantog. But I grew up mostly with just my mom around, [’cause my parents are] separated, so she’s really the one who nurtured me and my love for music.

Since when have you been writing music?

I’ve always loved writing poetry and sharing stories since I was a kid. But I only started turning them into songs about 5 years ago. The first melodies I made were for a musical play my [organization, an NGO,] mounted. After that, I never stopped making songs.

Who are your musical influences?

My mom. I also like listening to a lot of Eminem, Outkast, Mos Def, Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole. And a ton of jazz.

What inspired you to come up with this single, ‘Terrorist’?

I don’t know, really. I just felt the need to write something like this. The issue of human rights vilolations and state terror has always been there, it’s just now that it’s bare for everyone to see.

What’s your song-writing process?

I’m still exploring different take-off points in my songwriting, but what really matters to me is that I know the main idea or the message that I want to convey from the very start. Learn first the whats before the hows.

Are there other artists/songs you think people can listen to (that have the same theme as Terrorist)?

Just right off the bat: BLKD, Calix, Bambu, Ruby Ibarra.

What else can we expect from you?

Thank you to the people who listen to my music. I promise more will be out soon. I’ll keep you guys posted through my social media accounts—Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

We’re definitely very excited for this artist, and we hope to hear of more from him soon! How ’bout you? What do you think about ‘Terrorist’ by Yohi? Let us know in the comments, or hit us up on Facebook and Twitter @UDoUPh. We’d love to hear what you think!