Malaysian rapper and filmmaker Namewee (黄明志) has released a new song! “Katak,” as his latest single, a collaboration with 5Forty2 and The Real Masta Clan. This is their fifth collaboration, following the previous one, titled “Happy Family.”
The satirical song takes a jab at politicians in Malaysia, another daring move from the songwriter himself. A noticeable distinction in the single’s music video is also pinpointed with a special guest star, none other than politician and a Member of Parliament for Muar; Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.
The 39-year-old’s decision to feature the youngest MP in his music video was because of the attraction factor Syed Saddiq has upon women. “It is clear that Syed Saddiq is the most handsome Malaysian man with the most fans on social media. My channel needs to provide benefits to women too, not only giving pleasure to just men,” he explained. Plus, audiences are also treated to Syed Saddiq’s dance moves.
With the release of “Katak”, it also marks the Taiwan-based composer’s fifth collaboration with 5Forty2 and The Real Masta Clan. Their previous work, “Happy Family”, served as the theme song for the film “BABI” (你是豬). It was nominated for the Best Original Film Song at the 57th Golden Horse Awards.
“We would gather whenever there’s a project that requires the participation of all the main ethnicities in Malaysia. That is why we even created a WhatsApp group called ‘Happy Family’,” the 39-year-old disclosed. The experience of filming throughout the streets and tourist attractions in Kuala Lumpur made it meaningful, intending to promote Malaysia’s community and surroundings in general.
Namewee – real name Wee Meng Chee (黄明志) – also released a single back in May, accompanied by an official music video titled “Be Like Him” (像他一样). Don’t forget to watch “Katak’s” official music video down below!
Anis Sharina contributed to this article.