It's not often that a local artist gets to collaborate with one of the most talented musicians in Asia AND have him as a featured artist in your album... But that's exactly what Malaysian rapper Namewee did for his latest single!
The rapper's music video for his single 'Stranger in the North' (漂向北方) featuring Taiwanese pop star Wang Leehom has gone viral, garnering close to 1.05 million views in a little over three days since it was posted
The track, which was actually released last year as part of Namewee's new album 'Crossover Asia', gained renewed attention after a music video was released on Saturday, 4 March. Produced and composed by Namewee (whose real name is Wee Meng Chee), 'Stranger in the North' describes the life of a migrant worker who is struggling to make a name for themselves in a foreign country.
The music video features both Namewee and Wang singing and rapping with scenes of Namewee walking along the streets of Beijing interspersed in between. Better yet, the video features subtitles in Chinese, English, and even Malay!
In a Facebook post, Namewee thanked the Taiwanese singer for agreeing to collaborate on the track, adding that he was "surprised" and "touched" to even hear back from Wang after sending him a demo
"I sent him a demo after I finished writing the song, and he immediately agreed to work with me after listening to it. We discussed and worked on the track entirely online, all the way to its completion," Namewee wrote.
"It wasn't until the music video shoot in Bejing that I met him for the first time, he gave me an 'American-style' hug when he saw me and gave me encouragement. I was so touched that I cried."
Wang returned the sentiment on his own Facebook page, expressing that he was happy to be able to work with the "super talented" rapper
In other entertainment news, a short film directed by Malaysian director Michael Wong has already picked up 50 accolades in film festivals abroad: