OK, OK, OK. Same deal as last time. We’re still catching up on the music video releases so we’re throwing a bunch together with a loose common denominator – this time everything is Rap/Hip-Hop. Now, I know this is still a wide genre so you can expect things to span the entire length of the spectrum. And in the interest of time, I’ve kept the mini reviews more micro with only a single like and dislike noted for each one.
Here they are, in no particular order.
-Minor but some of Priska’s closeups were way too whited out
Matt Brevner x Tom MacDonald – “Dark Side of the Moon”
-I really don’t have anything negative to say… maybe throw in a Michael Bay explosion for fun?
D-Pryde – “Been At”
-I miss his collabs with Rik Cordero
Joanlee – “Ricochet”
-The lighting on the color sections is not as crisp as the B/W parts
Jason Chu – “No Angels”
-Perhaps a little too simple
Fung Bros – “Generation VLT”
-Not sure it’s something I could bump on repeat, lacks replay-ability
Matt Brevner x Stevie Ross – “Pride”
-A NSFW label would have been nice
Jason Chu – “Oh Lord”
-Chu gets experimental with his flow and it’s a little hit or miss at times.
Derez – “Forever In Us”
-Could have used a little more emotional punch
Derez – “Archives”
-Video’s sepia color scheme is way overdone
AM Kidd – “Medicine”
-Can’t say I’m a fan of the psuedo 3D style of editing
AM Kidd – “Worth the Wait”
-I see what they were going for overall, but video could have used tighter direction
Gold Rush Kingz – “Knock Em Down” (ft Thurz)
-The retro vibe they are going for feels a little too much “Windows Movie Maker” and too little YO! MTV Raps
Jin – “Busta Rhymes”
– Rek did this style of video better. See “You Can’t Be Serious”, below.
Rekstizzy – “You Can’t Be Serious”
-Visuals are quirky but arguably a little too much so
-Everything about this song/video has been done before way too many times
Gold Rush Kingz – “Whatever It Takes”
-Oh yay. Another club/girls/alcohol rap video. These are soooo rare.
Lil Crazed – “Twerk”
-But the visual is unmemorable overall
Shogunna – “Cardiac Arrest”
Shogunna – “100 Bars”
-That iphone-esque stabilization effect is wildly irritating
Nump Trump – “Rollin A Wood” (ft Andre Greenback, Buck Bars, Jers Dilli, Ant Bankx, Russ Coson)
-I Nump likes his weed but I’d love for him to rap about something else for once
Ant Trax x Vickz x Griz – “Starry Eyed”
-But was a little weirded out seeing kids act out some of the scenes
Jay Park – “Taekwondo”
-I still get the feeling Jay is trying too hard to be what he thinks a rapper should be
Dru B Shinin’ – “Take my Picture”
-Although the entire production could use a tad more polish