“To The Gates” by Mazbou Q from New Zealand

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Nigerian-Kiwi hip-hop artist Mazbou Q has today released his new single ‘To The Gates’ alongside a powerful and exquisitely shot video with a chilling narrative.

With influences of soul and R&B, ‘To The Gates’ reveals a vulnerable side to Mazbou Q (formerly known as Unchained XL). The rapper and producer digs deep and delivers a song full of personal meaning. Themes of guilt, regret, and the search for absolution sit on top of an ambient, pulsing instrumental with haunting swells of backing vocals reminiscent of African-American spirituals.

The self-produced ‘To The Gates’ also showcases Mazbou Q’s powerful singing vocal alongside his trademark rap flow.

The song is accompanied by a hard-hitting video produced by The Umbrella Creative. It depicts the last moments of a terminally ill woman. She is reflecting on an incident in her youth resulting in murder and a panic-driven cover up, and is haunted by guilt as she faces death.

These cinematic scenes are juxtaposed with shots of Mazbou Q emotively performing the song against the symbolic backdrop of a blindfolded church choir.

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