The aspirational theme of Pinoy rap takes many forms – whether it is working towards a sustainable career, living a life of luxury, or fighting for a better future as an individual or as a society; any of these, especially in the context of one’s life experiences and goals, are no less valid than the others.
Mista is the latest rapper from Funbeats list to tell his story, specifically how his choices—from pursuing rap as a career to fulfilling his roles for his family—intersect in his latest single, “OBLIGADO” (required), produced by DJ Medmessiah.
Shot in Morobeats’ usual one-take style, Mista shows a day in the life of a textile worker in Metro Manila. Not only is that the reality of millions of Filipinos on a daily basis, but he’s also working on his music – although he’s made it clear that he knows where his priorities lie.
Mista raps that he no longer needs to compete with his contemporaries, that his family’s happiness and comfort is better than the gold price – he’d be happy to settle for silver.
His labelmate, JMaraemphasizing the track’s thesis, sings in the hook, “Obligado ako/ Ako ay obligado. (It is required of me / I am required).
In a post last year Morobeats addressed comments about the style of their music videos, which some describe as “repetitive”. They wrote in Tagalog, “The real reason why our music videos are always shot with a single shot [and with the artists walking towards the camera] is because we compare and demonstrate the progress of the careers of each of 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 show off even in real life.”
They continued: “That’s why we provide for it [our music videos] is as close to real life as possible and so we can reach those who are like us and what we want to convey.”
See “OBLIGADO” below: