Rap star Shanti Dope collaborated with one of his friends in the hip-hop scene, Flow G, for his latest single, “Kamusta”. The two dropped the single and the music video last Friday, May 27, just in time before Mental Health Awareness month ended.
The music video showed the story of a girl who falls in love with a boy, lets him into her life and her house. Little did she know that the boy wanted to record their intimate moment and upload it online to go viral. After finding out what the boy did, the girl fell into depression and she was presumed to have jumped onto the train tracks while a train was oncoming.
At the end of the music video, it showed a message that was dedicated for the loved ones who lost the battle and those who are still fighting the battle with mental health. The contact number of the National Center for Mental Health was also given towards the end.
“Para sa mga may pinagdadaanan. May pagsasabihan. Yung depression, gusto ko rin iparamdam na tao pa rin ako. Nakakaramdam ako ng ganito,” Shanti Dope said.
When asked what pushed them to create that message in their music and the music video, Shanti answered that some of his inspiration came from personal experience as well as those around him.
“Lahat ng tao dumadaan sa pain eh. Parang gusto namin [ipakita] yung totoong side ng buhay na ganito talaga yung buhay. Pero meron kang masasabihan, nandito kami [mga kaibigan],” he added.
In the same music video, Shanti Dope and Flow G were seen rapping their verses on top of a building's helipad. At one point in the music video, Flow G was even seen standing at the edge of the building. Flow G revealed, however, that this was just an illusion and while he was scared of the heights, he was far from being in danger then.
Meanwhile, Shanti Dope renewed his contract with Universal Records Philippines. This is the 21-year-old rapper’s fifth year with the label company. He is signed to the same label as rap legend Gloc-9, who attended Shanti Dope and Flow G’s music video premiere screening last May 26.
As of this writing, the music video for “Kamusta” has already reached 2 million views on YouTube.