The Mid-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 4/17/14

Oh hi! I didn’t see you there. Of course, I never do since this is just a blog. OK, enough with the existential nonsense – you’re here for the videos and we’ve got the latest batch for you. So please, do partake in this half-dozen collection of music videos and feel free to tell us what you think. I certainly already have – but you probably knew that.

Far Eat Movement – “The Illest” (Ktown Riot Edit)
The original video for “The Illest” was certainly entertaining, but I’m loving this version so much more. It brings FM back to their K-Town LA roots, especially as we approach the anniversary of the ’92 LA riots. Plus, a number of hometown heroes make cameos including Dumbfoundead and TOKiMONSTA. And yes, even Uncle Snoop decides to show up too. I’m glad they dropped both versions of the video for this track.

IAMMEDIC – “Get Back Home”
IAMMEDIC, it’s been too long! News of their return was warmly welcomed around here but absence only makes the heart grow fonder – so does the new material live up to the wait? For the most part, yes. With a catchy new single and a well produced MV, it’s a great one-two punch for promoting their return to the music scene. Can’t wait to hear more.

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The Mid-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 4/9/14

Hello, dear friends! We skipped a couple weeks but we’re back with the mini-review round-up and this one is a little heftier than normal. We are playing catch-up after all! But we’re bringing you nearly a dozen new music videos along with some brief commentary which you’re more than welcome to agree or disagree with and voice your own opinion! Enjoy.

DANakaDAN x Priska – “Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow”
I wasn’t quite sure whether to peg this as a remix or an original that samples/borrows heavily from Rihanna’s “Stay”. I’ve opted to lean towards the latter – not that it matters though because either way this is a strong collaboration between Dan & Priska. Dan has always had an unconventional flow that is better suited to different genres of music other than straight Hip-Hop. So he definitely played to his strengths with this one – plus it’s set against an emotionally charged video that is pretty well made.

G.R.L. Featuring for Pitbull – “Wild Wild Love”
Even though Pitbull has been impossible to escape in Top 40 music the past couple years, this is one case I actually don’t mind too much. First and foremost, it has a lot to do with Emmalyn and her group, G.R.L., being prominent guest features on the track video. Secondly, it’s kind of a catchy song – and not in an annoying way. Video is standard Pop fare but everyone’s looking sharp.

AJ Rafael – “Matchmaker”
AJ & company make great use of a space to bring distinctly unique feels to this music video. It’s a fun watch set to the Pop/Rock tune and though it may not be as lavish as some of his other work – it gets the job done nicely. It almost reminded me of classic footage from American Bandstand from decades ago.

Kina Grannis & Friends – “Dear River”
Kina’s next project, Elements, ain’t too far away and with promotions ramping up we have this lyric video for “Dear River”. But what’s especially notable is the number of special cameos who help bring a little extra fun to the festivities. Ryan Higa, Kevjumba, Wong Fu, Sam Tsui, David Choi, Marie Digby, and Clara C all make appearances – and that’s just to name a few. I’m definitely looking forward to the album.

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The “Happy” Youtube Covers Round-Up – 3/25/14

“Happy” was one of those surprise hits from Pharrell that kind of snuck up on you. It was suddenly everywhere! Perhaps it’s just the infectious, throwback feel to the song that is so easy to sing along to that has made people such fans but regardless, it’s stuck to a number of our artists as well. So here are a handful plus cover versions plus one straight lip-sync video to the original. If you’re not sick of the song yet, hopefully you’ll enjoy this batch!

Kina Grannis x Fresh Big Mouf

David Choi & Friends

 

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The Mid-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 3/20/14

After a few weeks of being slightly off schedule, we’re back to our mid-week routine. This week’s crop of music videos lean a little more energetic in either tempo, style or both. Of course there is an exception or two in the batch but otherwise you’ll find some hard hitting Hip-Hop tracks along with an EDM joint thrown in for good measure.

Newko x Mr Sicc x Devolo x Mr Tyfoon x Vovo x Tha Movement x Shogunna – “I Am”
]This was kind of a pleasant surprise. I’ve never heard of Newko or any of these artists except for Sho (and Tyfoon, whom I haven’t heard from in YEARS). The video is sharp quality, especially for a street video – but this is one of those big posse cuts that end up being full of energy and a bunch of hungry artists who want to outshine each other. That kind of group competition is refreshing. But perhaps most of all, I’m just glad to see Shogunna come out of hiding again.

AR|2 – “Hammertime”
For those that need a refresher, AR|2 is the side project for Adrian Per and a couple other producers, namely DJ Rodd & Rollinbeatz. The video is comprised of the requisite lights, quick cuts, and montage club footage though that doesn’t take away from an otherwise decent EDM track (which you can get for free, btw).

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The End-of-The-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 3/14/14

Wow. This is one of the busier weeks for music video releases, and surprisingly, the majority are Hip-Hop joints. But we still got a couple different genre’s here to mix it up. There are a couple faces we haven’t seen a while in this mix as well as some we could almost consider weekly staples at this point. Have a gander and enjoy your Friday!

Rob Campman x J. Reyez – “Here for the Night”
As Rob Campman continues to distance himself from his Southstar alias, it seems like he’s built up a strong working relationship with J. Reyez. And along the way, I’ve gone from mildly apathetic to fairly appreciative of their music. This most recent drop (off Red Envelope) is their strongest yet – even with a video that looks an awful like a Bacardi ad.

Power Struggle – “In Your Hands… Until the End”
I’m always a fan when a Hip-Hop artist puts a little soul and heart into their craft, and Power Struggle has done that again with his latest. Some people like songs that make you drink, and some like those that make you think. This is definitely the latter – and I’m a fan.

Kina x Misa x Emi Grannis – “My Own”
Kina’s next album, Elements, is due in just a couple months but we’re given a nice preview via this song/video for the only track off the project that is about her family. And it even features her lovely sisters, Misa & Emi. This is one of those, just-sit-back-and-enjoy type of affairs – and I think most of you will.

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Patrice Wilson’s Latest Protege is Grace Liu… And I’m Too Defeated to Care

Screw it. I give up. Patrice Wilson, you have beaten me. I can’t find the energy to complain and bemoan your incessant brand of silly, ridiculous pop music. This is beyond irony, beyond opinion and beyond real. Our friend Patrice is music’s Keyser Söze, a villain so effective, I’m not even sure he exists anymore. But things happen, and his name and music videos are mentioned in fear, and the legend continues.

That was a very long winded way to say that the latest child-act is a young girl by the name of Grace Liu. She uses her bi-lingual skills to entice us to join her on a journey around the world in her various modes of transportation. Honestly, it’s not even terrible. Just mindlessly repetitive/catchy and a little surreal. It’s like a Kidz Bop version of “Gangnam Style”.

Grace, I promise you, you’re gonna grow up, look back at this and laugh. And then maybe cry. But then you’ll laugh and cry at the same time… and a snot bubble will appear from your nose and will pop, and you’ll be left only laughing. Well played.

The Late-In-The-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 3/8/14

Happy Saturday, dear friends. It was a glorious late Winter/pre-Spring day here in the Mid-Atlantic area! But for those of you that may find yourselves indoors with some time to kill this weekend, here’s the latest batch of music videos for you to check out from the past week. Also, don’t forget to set your clocks forward!

The Bar – “Coming (to America)”
I’d be lying if I told you that The Bar’s Barkada isn’t one of my most anticipated project. We’re only a few days away, but thankfully we also have this new video from Pro & Bam. The video is full of community support, even if it’s not the sharpest visual ever. But I’m loving this soulful Hip-Hop track with it’s sprinkle of culture and Tagalog.

Clara C – “Wildflower”
The MV for Clara’s latest single is a promotional tool for Girl Rising, a movement dedicated to raising awareness and funds for girls’ education worldwide. So not only do we get a breezy new single from the artist, but we get a simple but supportive video for an important cause.

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The Early-In-The-Week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 3/2/14

I hope you all are having a great start to the first week in March. Today brings us a handful of videos that dropped within the past week, with the lot leaning more in the Hip-Hop direction. But there are a couple of exceptions to offer some variety so take a listen and see what may strike your fancy.

Big Phony – “The Hours”
It’s been too long since we’ve last heard from Big Phony, but he has a couple new albums out – one being Long Live the Lie. “The Hours” is the first to get a music video and it’s a refreshing watch bringing a touch of surreal theatrics to the screen. I definitely enjoyed this one.

Parker – “Ganghis Kahn”
Dumb’s latest takes on a retro pop-art style that reminds me of something I could have seen on Yo! MTV Raps. Using an off kilter visual style and irreverent humor this video keeps firmly plants a foot in both goofy and cool territories. And that’s not necessarily a feat easily carried out.

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Crystal Kay Makes Her Long Awaited US Debut – “Busy Doing Nothing”

I’ve long been a fan of the multi-cultural singer, Crystal Kay, since I first heard her collaborations with the awesome M-flo. But since I don’t follow JPOP too diligently, I haven’t really kept tabs on the singer and monitored her as closely in recent years. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the pop artist has decided to give it a go here in the States, and her debut single and video is the following: “Busy Doing Nothing”.

So how does her debut hold up? Well, it’s catchy with a touch of the retro vibe that is prevalent in a lot of today’s pop music. Part of her appeal has always been her charm, and that is present in the song and video but overall I’m not sure this is the homerun we’d all like it to be. We all know how difficult it can be to cross over into the US market for any Asian artists not named Psy, so let’s hope she’s only dipping her toe in the water with this one and that there is much more to come.

The Early-week Music Video Mini-Reviews Youtube Round-Up – 2/23/14

Whoa, this is the biggest MV round-up we’ve had in quite some time! So we’re starting your week off right with this heavy lot. There are over a dozen visuals for you to check out here, and I promise you, many of them are well worth giving a watch. So without further ado, play on.

Tim Be Told – “The Battle Hymn”
In this mega collab of a song, Tim Be Told is joined by Jae Jin, Michelle Chae, Psalm Bird, and Calie Garrett for a powerful new single from their recent album, Mighty Sound. Though none of the artists make an appearance in the video, it honestly didn’t need them as it effectively portrays it’s heart through dance. Great, all the way around.

Esna Yoon – “Lovely Day”
We’re always excited to see Esna step out from behind the scenes as a song writer in Korea and into the spotlight to promote her own material. “Lovely Day” shows some great growth for the artist as singer/songwriter, playing to an infectious indie-Pop sound… all accompanied by a cute video.

Verseatile – “Letting Go”
Overall, I’m a bigger fan of Verse as a rapper versus a singer, but every once in a while he’ll drop something that will momentarily change my mind. This cut off his Good Mourning project is one such song (and he didn’t leave out the rap completely). Great beat selection, decent writing, and sharp R&B sensibilities make this a nice listen. The purple floating head is tad creepy though.

Us – “Falling in Love”
You should already know that I’m a huge Us fan. This video certainly only reinforces that. I mean, by this point it feels like we are just watching saccharine video after video of their never ending honeymoon – and it’s hard to not get sucked in. I bet if this couple ever fought, it’s with pillows and balloons filled with unicorns and rainbows.

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