Filipino rap star Shanti Dope laments finding genuine relationships and being betrayed in his latest single, “Tricks,” released on August 12.

The “Nadarang” rapper narrates how achieving fame at a young age has impacted his view on relationships, putting his guard up, and ending up disappointed—all of which do not necessarily stop him from putting himself through the same predicament.

He goes on to rap how he often finds comfort in a special someone, however difficult the circumstances are, with suggestive lyrics that allude to turning to alcohol to escape.

Back in May, Shanti Dope enlisted Ex Battalion’s Flow G for “Kamusta” (How are you). Earlier this year, he released his five-track sophomore EP, Basic, which features Pricetagg, Mhot, Hero, Daarth, and HELLMERRY.

The rapper is one of the hip hop and R&B artists we named among the 10 Filipino artists we want to see at this year’s Head In The Clouds Manila.

Listen to “Tricks” below:

(Update: 2:12 PM, September 5, 2022) Shanti Dope unveiled the music video for “Tricks” on September 2 and is currently trending on YouTube Philippines as of press time.