Early July, Michael Pacquiao caught the attention of netizens after his music collaboration with the South African rapper Michael Bars went viral on social media. This time, the 18-year-old showed off his rapping skills in a Wish 107.5 Bus performance.
The second son of boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao performed his new song, Hate, for the radio station’s YouTube channel.
Hate is one of the tracks for his upcoming debut album, Dreams.
His performance proved to be another hit for netizens. It has already collected 1.9 million views since it was uploaded yesterday, August 5.
The video also landed the third spot on YouTube Philippines’ trending list Thursday.
In an Instagram live session with Bars, he said he couldn’t believe he was trending.
“I can’t believe I’m trending! Look at me — does this look like a guy that should be trending?”
Michael also revealed that he was actually sick during his live performance. “I had a little bit of tonsilitis and stuff.”
He also seemed overwhelmed that he found some overseas appreciation. “People reacted to my thing, like from the US and some other country, that’s crazy man. It’s crazy.”
Asked to name the rappers who inspired him to explore the music genre, he said, “I grew up listening to Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Logic and Joyner Lucas. I grew up listening to other rappers, but those are my Top 5.”
Watch Michael perform Hate here:
His collaboration with Michael Bars paid homage to his father’s boxing career. As of writing, their song, Pac-Man, has already collected 2.5 million views on YouTube.