Filipino rappers JMara and Bulabog Ng Morobeats join forces in the emotional new single, “INAANTAY” (Waiting), which tackles isolation, hopelessness, and doubt.
Clocking in at nearly 3 minutes (and currently labeled as “teaser”), JMara delivers yet another impassioned performance, switching between singing and rapping over a morose beat by Morobeats founder and resident producer, DJ Medmessiah, who also directed the music video.
True to the Filipino label’s signature one-take visual style, the “Mahal Kong Pilipinas” rapper performs in the middle of slow-moving traffic.
In a Facebook post last month, Morobeats explained that the reason behind their street-based visual style is that they want to compare and demonstrate the growth of their artists’ rap styles over different years.
They wrote in Tagalog, “The real reason why our music videos are always shot with one-take [and with the artists walking towards the camera] is because we compare and demonstrate the progress of the career of each our artists, and one-take videos are the most natural [and realistic,] which is what we like to base our videos on since we don’t have cars, women, or other luxury items to brag about even in real life.
That’s why we make sure that [our music videos] are as close to real life as possible, and so that we can reach those who are just like us and what we want to convey.”
Watch “Inaantay” below: