When one is called upon to name the best MC’s in the country, the name of Marven Southgate always comes out tops as this lyrical mastermind has found a way to carve himself a name alongside Namibian all-time greats such as Kanibal and the late Catty Cat without batting an eyelash.
Last week saw the rapper dropping a video titled “Om te Se” which gained over 200 views in less than 24 hours. The video shows Marven walking down the road of his neighbourhood, buying airtime from the vendor on the corner and walking over to his boy’s house.
Reminding one of days gone by when Kwaito artists had the same concepts and their boys would come in wearing floppies and All Stars, but now the crew hangs around with pants hung down low and white globes.
Known for his lyrically conscious rhymes Marven took a step and mellowed it down, while still talking about the hardships of life a young man focuses on his lifestyle and interactions with friends and family.
Fans familiar with his lyrics from DCT or Problem might be less impressed as it feels as though with those songs he was not as inclined to prove himself as a rapper of note but is instead more focussed on dabbing as he does a number of times in the video.
Drone photography, being the latest form of technology, is used to capture an aerial view of the street in which Marven is walking giving viewers a chance to recognise their street or house.
Putting a local spin to visuals that are the norm for American rappers was a downside when looked at in comparison with Marven’s previous work, as his lyrics in DCT are accompanied by visuals that help audiences better understand his works, which cannot be said for this video.
The video, although good, could use more of a story line as most of the scenes shown are just of him and his friends standing at a bus stop holding foam cups and doing nothing of significance that could help tell the songs message, granting it a 3/5 for concept.