Filipino rapper kiyo surprises fans with a brand-new single, “MAMAPATAWADMALALANA!” (Mama, Sorry It’s Gotten Worse!) a welcome departure from his usual lo-fi, R&B-inflected style.

“MAMAPATAWADMALALANA!” sees the Pinoy rap star commenting on fellow rappers (Mga rapper sa Pinas puro patatas, which translates to “Rappers in the Philippines are potatoes”), with the self-directed visual shows him going on a hot air balloon ride and riding a dirt bike and a 4×4 truck.


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In our exclusive interview with kiyo at ASEAN Music Showcase Festival (AMS), the rapper shares, “I’ve been making different genres ever since. So I’m not staying in one lane. I think I told myself that I wanted to be in the gray lines and I wanted to build bridges. My style, I developed it to be more versatile and to widen my range. That’s one thing that I did—I made music out of my comfort zone and now we’re here.”

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The new single follows the mellow cut, “Glasshouse,” which features footage from his Singapore trip for ASEAN Music Showcase Festival in September.

Watch the music video for “MAMAPATAWADMALALANA!” below: