Aura Blak’s first video “Obstacles” is a nostalgic complement to daily hustle of being a muso in SA

Writing from a young age, and making music seriously since 2013, hip-hop artist Aura Blak finally got it together and released his first official video earlier this month. 

Lifted from his 2019, six-song EP Dreaming Wide Awake, “Obstacles” navigates issues faced as an upcoming musician on a personal and artistry level. Whilst not his most recent release, the song hits a soft spot in the current Covid-19 climate – and perhaps this relatability prompted him to visually complement the song with the launch of his first official music video. 

Blak’s loaded lyrics are earnest. “Grind hard from the start / dedications the plug and I’m connected.” Encouraging diligence and tenacity, we are drawn into Blak’s universe with the song’s laid-back hook. Unpredictable rhyme schemes are accompanied by a classic boom-bap instrumental, produced by Raek Sweezy. 

The old-school melody and genuine narrative of “Obstacles” is balanced by the nostalgic feel of the video. Directed by Namic and Blak, shot in Johannesburg and Soweto, it follows the rapper as he drops bars. At times literal, the visuals are cut with urban scenes of skaters, graffitied walls, the glow of golden hour, and an occasional grainy filter. A representation of the everyday grind with a sentimental touch. 

After breaking the ice with his first video, we’re here for the rest, whenever they come.