What's your favourite Munah & Hirzi video?
They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness, but Munah and Hirzi's work is definitely not your run-off-the-mill parody. The brave and gutsy duo has pioneered the local YouTube scene with their guerilla-styled recordings, peculiar and striking music parodies and their humorous Hari Raya series in outlandish clothing. From outrageous public antics to the pair's wacky and genuine take on Singapore issues, it's no wonder how they've garnered millions of hysterical laughter and occasional convulsions from the public. Here are three of our favourite videos by Munah and Hirzi.
When Nicki Minaj hit the records with the chart-topper 'Anaconda' in 2014, she wouldn't have expected a Minah rendition. Decked in skimpy Barbie-pink garments and confidently strutting down the CBD, SMRT train cabins and the streets of Little India, it's of no wonder that this audacious pair made history as the most iconic Singaporean YouTube duo. 847,000 views later, this legendary parody remains a masterpiece.
2. 'Single Ladies' Parody
Just when we thought Beyoncé taught women the perfect lesson to dump guys who didn't "put a ring on it" with the phenomenal 'Single Ladies' hit, Munah and Hirzi took on a refreshing angle and produced your 21st century melodrama in just six minutes. The stereotypical maid and construction worker relationship in Singapore is not unfamiliar to us. On Hirzi's quest to become the Asian Beyoncé, his flamboyant and sassy persona alongside catchy lyrics like "Cause if you like it you don't have to put a ring on it, but if you like it you should get yourself a work permit" continues to ring in our head.
3. MINAH FUNK
This is definitely one of the most monumental collaborations in local YouTube history. Enter Narelle Kheng, Oon Shu An, Tabitha Nauser and more, evangelising Minah-ism everywhere. As though Munah and Hirzi hadn't slayed the Minah act well enough, they've enlightened us with some light-hearted tips too: "If you're a Minah, then flaunt it. If your brows are sparse then draw it. If you're jobless, then nevermind". Right on.
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