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‘Panalo!’: Fil-Am Rapper Ez Mil Signs Record Deal with Eminem and Dr. Dre

July 28, 2023

July 28, 2023
The American-based Filipino singer joins the likes of 50 Cent in having signed directly under all three labels.

After going viral in the Philippines for his performance of Panalo (Trap Cariñosa) in 2021, Ez Mil headlines once again as he signs record deals with legendary rapper labels: Eminem’s Shady Records, Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, and Interscope Records.

In his Instagram post, Ezekiel Miller tagged the record labels as he shared a photo of him alongside both rappers. The said partnership was also posted via Shady Records’ official Facebook page, captioned: “Still Aftermath! Back at it with Dr. Dre to sign the incredibly talented Ez Mil… Check out “UP DOWN” to see why we signed him.”

Here’s What We Know So Far About Ez Mil’s Record Deal with Eminem and Dr. Dre

In the official statement released by Shady Records, it was confirmed that Ez Mil joins the likes of 50 Cent in having signed directly to all three labels. Additionally, he becomes one of the few artists to have signed with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment—the same label that houses Kendrick Lamar, Anderson .Paak, and Silk Sonic.

Eminem says, “We’ve never been out there signing a lot of artists, and one of the great things about how we build Shady is how selective we’ve been, and it’s even rarer that Dre and I sign something together.” Both rap icons have shared how they found Ez Mil’s music a great fit for what they’re working with.

In the words of Dr. Dre, “I’m really only interested in working on shit that sounds different from anything else going on out there, and only then if I feel I can really bring something to it. Em played me Ez, and I had that feeling…that thing that happens when we both know we’ve found something special. And that was it…let’s get to work.”

Born in Olongapo City, the Filipino-American rapper resides in the US and is slated to release his newest album, DU4LI7Y: REDUX. The forthcoming deluxe edition of his 2022 album will be available on August 11, including the single Realest featuring Eminem.

Fans immediately recognized the resemblance of Ez Mil’s artistic rhythm style and wordplay to that of the great rappers, most particularly in his single Up Down. Shady Records described Ez Mil’s rap as ‘powered by lithe, expressive vocals, dexterous raps, and songwriting know-how’.

To recall, Ez Mill caught himself in a controversy in 2021 with his viral hit Panalo (Trap Cariñosa), which was part of his debut album Act 1. Though he was praised for the hard-hitting Pinoy pride anthem, it also faced heavy criticism for inaccurate historical claims, specifically concerning the Filipino hero Lapu-lapu.

Cover image credit: Eminem

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