Independent rapper and emcee, Mostafa, takes an emotional journey in his latest music video for “y.o.u”. Having been a standby witness to a loved one’s mental deterioration, he recounts his experience and the feeling of helplessness as a friend gradually became a stranger.
Taking a stoic approach, the opening shots see Mostafa dissociating as he stares into space like an abysmal void. Switching between a bar scene and an urban alleyway and street, he falls into a steady flow of rhythm and rhymes that feel weighted and heartfelt. In the bar, we get double vision as we see Mostafa and Mostafa side-by-side. One is rapping while the other is having a strained conversation with a friend over drinks.
It’s a clever video that captures the kind of out-of-body experience that helplessness can bring forward where things that are beyond any kind of control keep happening and all you can do is be an onlooker, watching the carnage of the slowest car crash. Musically, Mostafa does a good job keeping the backbeat gentle and tender and balancing it out with diversely syncopated lines that bounce around grasping for answers.
This is a song full of desperation, but there is hope in the yearning for something better. Even if this is just a reflection of a situation long past, it has not entirely crushed Mostafa’s spirit as he continues to carry this experience with him into the future. It’s not the most idyllic experiential souvenir, but one that carries lessons of emotional intelligence and resilience.
“y.o.u” is available now on major streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. The accompanying music video is also available on YouTube. Fiind this and more excellent music on the Alchemical Records Multigenre Mixture playlist on Spotify and YouTube.
Charlie Maybee is a dancer, musician, educator, and writer based in Charleston, South Carolina who currently teaches with the Dance Program at the College of Charleston. His primary work as an artist is with his performing collective, Polymath Performance Project, through which he makes interdisciplinary performance art that centers tap dance as the primary medium of expression and research. He also currently plays rhythm guitar for the Charleston-based punk band, Anergy, and releases music as a solo artist under the name Nox Eterna.
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