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Music: Filipino rapper february bank turns quarantine reflections into art

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — With large pockets of the world still abiding by strict “stay-at-home-measures,” how are people going about their day-to-day lives? Hip-hop artist february bank has put his experience into rap.



Born Christopher Catral in San Jose, California, february bank aims to push rap’s proverbial needle. His geographical roots are akin to the West Coast rap scene, and in many ways informs the low-key swag he is celebrated for. He is positioned at the crossroads of pop-culture’s major pillars, regularly citing music, sports, and fashion as inspirational points of reference.

His latest track “bye bye roos” puts his complex word patterns on full blast with his low-pitched vocal inflections creating its own narrative. The song provides insight into a world bound by struggle while previewing glimpses of hope for any and all willing to push forward.


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