When singer Nabila Razali released her new song Peluang Kedua (Second Chance) last week featuring rapper MK from local group K-Clique, she probably didn’t expect to receive so much love and hate from the internet.
The official music video for the emotional ballad about giving love a second chance gained a whopping six million views after it went up on YouTube last Thursday. But as much as people were impressed by her unique vocals, many others took issue with the lyrics and its quality.
One commentator drew 15,000 retweets for his savage criticism, saying that Nabila’s new track was a sign that Malaysia’s music industry was going to “hell,” noting that skyrocketing video views were not a testament to the quality of her work.
“We’re not in an era where views equate to quality. This is why our music industry is going to jahanam (hell),” Twitter @_Khuzrin_ wrote, reposting Nabila’s tweet thanking fans for watching her music video.
Kita berada di zaman ‘views’ ialah kualiti dan penilaian juri ialah sampah. Sebab tu muzik kita menuju jahanam. https://t.co/QMnDLjR6Sr
— Khuzrin Kamarudin (@_Khuzrin_) August 24, 2020
“I would listen to Peluang Kedua if it wasn’t Nabila Razali (singing). Such a nice song but went to the wrong singer,” @Thisislilhanim chimed in.
Usually known for singing upbeat tunes, Peluang Kedua is Nabila’s first attempt at a slow number. The 27-year-old’s other hits include automotive-themed Vroom Vroom and romantic-yet-somehow-angry track Cemburu (Jealous).
But people did not seem willing to give the ballad novice a second chance.
Some even said that Nabila’s collab with Sabahan rapper MK, whose real name is Muhammad Hairi Amin, was the “worst combo ever” as it was as confusing as two different songs stitched together.
“Nabila Razali ft. MK’s song is like ordering teh milo tabur (tea mixed with milo). No offence, it is the worst combo ever,” @Syammhamdi said.
But there are also those who came to Nabila’s defense, calling out to the haters to stop listening to Nabila if they disliked the song so much.
“For me, Peluang Kedua by Nabila Razali tu okay je. Idk why people keep talking about that. If you don’t like their voice or their songs, just don’t listen to it. Simple,” @Liyanaraz wrote.
Regardless of what they say, the statistics show that the song is doing decently well online, with 277,000 YouTube “likes” and 12,000 “dislikes.”
Neither MK nor Nabila responded to Coconuts KL’s request for comment.
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