Wow! It was another big week for music videos as we have 13 to share with you today. And better yet, it was a fairly strong showing overall with a number of very solid visual releases to accompany your music. It would behoove you to take a gander and make your way through this list, there are some great videos to find, for sure.
HeeSun Lee x MC Jin – “I Break Stereotypes”
HeeSun & Jin on the same track? Let’s just say I came in with high hopes. And well, let’s just say I did not walk away disappointed. And I haven’t heard Jin sound this hungry since he was on 106 & Park! Two MCs that push each other to kill it on one track? I’m on board with that. Well played, this was our biggest pleasant surprise of the week.
Andrew Huang – “The Coldest Darkness”
Whoa. This just may be the eeriest video Andrew Huang has ever dropped. I’m most impressed in how effective his use of the simple color scheme. His upcoming album shares the title of this track, and this is a positive indicator of things to come.
Jazmin – “You”
All I have to say is it’s about time for this sisterly quartet to start making some big moves. It’s been a number of years since we first heard about the group but they seemed to fall out of the spotlight for a while. Well, this ain’t a bad way to step back into it. “You” is off their just released 90′s Baby EP.
Wow… it’s already November. Well we can’t let the 1st week of Thanksgiving Month go by without keeping you up to date on the MV front. It’s a fairly healthy pack today, with just shy of 10 music videos for you to check out. And it also marks the return of a couple artists who have been fairly quiet this year, so you’ll def want to check those out.
Aziatix – “Baby Let’s Go”
Aziatix has been a little quiet since signing to Cash Money, but it looks like they’ve been busy on the business end of things, inking a promotional deal with Toyota. So if you’re interested in hearing a solid Pop single set to a glorified Corolla commercial, then this is the video to watch. Let’s hope things only progress rapidly from here for the trio!
J. Reyez x Lydia Paek – “The One”
Reyez & Paek have been working together for some time, and they continue to build off their chemistry with this new track. The video is clean but lacks that extra shiny polish that some of JR’s past work have had. The song is fairly catchy but definitely under utilizes the Quest Crew queen’s talents, save for the bridge.
Wanting – “Love Ocean”
This one isn’t quite as new as the others, it’s over a month old, but we somehow completely missed it! It’s another international single from Wanting’s album, Say the Words. Beautifully shot but kind of formulaic, where they see how many odd places can they place a grand piano.
What? Our headline is a lofty claim, but believe us, it’s not unsubstantiated. Chops has spent the past couple years working with a whole slew of artists that we cover – making this essentially a collection of the best of the best of folks that have graced the pages of this blog. Just take one look at the lineup on this album!
It’s called Strength in Numbers and I’ve known that this project was in the works for some time, but the sheer size of the roster for this album still blows my mind. And perhaps most amazing of all, this brings us the long overdue reunion of the OGs themselves, the Mountain Brothers. I personally can’t wait for this to drop. It’s slated for a December 2013 release.
Summer is rapidly coming to a close, and we technically only have a few days left. These are a handful+ of albums that snuck in to the tail of the season and just may deserve your attention. Some are highly anticipated while others are quiet surprises. Whether or not they are worth the price of admission is yet to be determined but my hunch is at least a couple of these are must-listens. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to review some of them.
We’ve got another retro-styled music video, this time it’s from Bambu and Prometheus Brown for the song “Books” from One Rifle Per Family. It may look like fun and games in the form of an old sitcom, but like with any Bam track, it’s filled with social discourse and topical discussion. Dope MV by Patricio Ginelsa.
For this new free EP called The Lean Sessions, Bambu teamed with a young producer named Karman who found placement on One Rifle Per Family with “Lean“. Together, they’ve put together a short 5 song project and dropped some real, unadulterated, homegrown Hip-Hop. Bam explains how he and Karman came to working together.
Track number 15 on …one rifle per family. was produced by Karman, a high school youth who honed his skills as a student of Sessions LA – a youth and student workshop series that DJ Phatrick helped develop in the Historic Filipinotown district of Los Angeles. Karman has since found his own voice as an experimental Hip Hop producer with a very unique sound. After hearing what Karman had done with an old Tommy Wright III record on his Soundcloud, Bambu asked Karman to replicate such for his latest Beatrock release. After the release of the music video for Lean, Bambu once again sought out Karman to put together this 5-song Free(EP), The Lean Sessions. Something to play to help get you through your work day… Lean.
Teaser videos are often formulaic and predictable, but the following clip from Bambu just might be the best promo trailer for a project that I’ve ever seen. The bottom line is this, in the near future we’ll have the music video for “Books”, off of Bam’s One Rifle Per Family album and featuring Prometheus Brown (of the Blue Scholars). But the clip goes in a stylistic direction reminiscent of 80′s and 90′s sitcoms and I can almost guarantee you’ve never seen Bambu like this before.
Last fall, Bambu dropped the album, One Rifle Per Family. The rapper looks to continue promoting the album with the latest effort being the music video for “Lean”. At first it looks like it may be a straight-forward, single scene video, but thanks to some creative direction and sharp editing, it’s something entirely different – and worth watching. Dope release, all the way around.
The world didn’t end today, and it’s a good thing cause otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to see this new visual for “Brave Heart”. It’s a collaborative song with Bambu on the mic and ESTA bringing the production. It’s a simple black and white video, but Bam has never been about the ostentatious vids. His style is always about cleanly getting to the point.
Looking for some new Hip-Hop? Ruby Ibarra aims to step up to the plate and satiate that hunger with her latest offering, the Lost in Translation mixtape. The 13 track release is hosted by DJ Kay Slay and contains some supporting features from the likes of Geo and Bambu, not to mention a slew of producer including 6 Fingers. We haven’t heard it ourselves yet, but I imagine this is something you’re going to want to check out. Best of all? The price - absolutely free.