Filipino rapper Shanti Dope received an early birthday gift after his song "Amatz" hit the international chart this week.
The controversial rap song debuted at No. 10 on this week's Billboard’s Top 10 World Digital Song Sales chart.
Shanti Dope marked the achievement by sharing his manager's Thea Gomez Pollisco's post on social media, captioning it, “Worldwide type of shiii 🚀.”
"Conquering the WORLD !!!! Congrats Shanti Dope maagang pabirthday sayo (birthday nya bukas april 15)," Pollisco said on her congratulatory message.
[Translation: Congrats Shanti Dope. This is an early birthday gift for you (it's his birthday tomorrow, April 15).]
"Amatz" made it into Billboard's Top 10 World Digital Song Sales chart with fellow debutants "Film Out" by BTS, "Spider" by Hoshi, and "Tomorrow" by Chanyeol.
"Amatz" was heard in a scene on the third episode of Disney+'s superhero TV series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" aired on April 2.
The clip of the cool scene is seen here:
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) wanted to ban the controversial song for its alleged promotion of marijuana use – supposedly contradicting President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody war on illegal drugs.
Watch Shanti Dope's "Amatz" music video here:
Billboard's World Digital Song Sales Chart ranks the 25 top-performing international singles in the US based on sales.
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