Fresh off the release of his There’s Alot Going On project, Vic Mensa offers up its first video for the title track. In the video, the Chicago rapper reflects on personal issues, such as depression and drug addiction, as well as more happy moments like signing to Roc Nation and his relationship with G.O.O.D. Music. There’s Alot Going On is available now on iTunes.
The Beastie Boys collaborated with Nas on a song called “Too Many Rappers” back in 2011, off their final album, Hot Sauce Committee Part Two. They also filmed a video that was never released. The grainy clip features footage of the late MCA, Ad-Rock, Mike D, alongside Nas on the road and rapping through the aisles of a grocery store.
Grammy Award-winning electronic outfit Disclosure has now released the music video for “The Mechanism,” a collaborative number with Friend Within. The apt interpretation presents an animated video which follows the factory process of creating Disclosure’s trademark face symbol. Produced in perfect timing to the dance tune, check out the video here and stay tuned for more from Friend Within, who is set to release material on Disclosure’s newly-found label Method Music.
Toronto jazz-jam outfit BADBADNOTGOOD has releases a new video today ahead of the anticipated release for its debut III LP. Filmed in a vintage film style, “Can’t Leave The Night” documents the band building a trippy sonic atmosphere from behind-the-scenes. Director Connor Olthuis breaks down a fourth wall between audience and band, narrating the video with subtitles that reference the band’s body movement. A smart visual to pair with an equitably layered track, enjoy BADBADNOTGOOD’s “Can’t Leave The Night” music video above.
A new release ahead of Grammy season comes courtesy of Kendrick Lamar and the TDE camp, who presents a video for the 11th track on good kid, m.A.A.d city. The video is essentially a grayscale tour of the trip from Los Angeles to Compton, juxtaposed by footage of Artist Eddie Peake creating a mural of his lyrics. Beyond its simple premise though, the Darren Romanelli directed video does well to reinforce the ‘stream-of-consciousness’ style of the song itself, from the car drive to the a cappella verse at the end. Fans of the album will note that the above is only half of the song’s story, but can look forward to a second installment at the end of the month.
Paying tribute to an iconic moment in boxing history, Freddie Gibbs releases “Deuces,” with production courtesy of beat maker Young Chop. Pairing the steady drum sound and smokey vocals with visuals of the legendary 1997 Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield fight, check out the track and accompanying visuals above.
East Coast representative Black Dave continues his 2013 onslaught by releasing the trippy vintage visuals for his “Rap N’ Skate” single. B.D. makes his two main interests pretty clear in the song, where he pairs bars about skating and purpose against an admittedly catchy hook. Filmed entirely on VHS, the video itself pays homage to old skateboarding footage, and features the artist cruising around crowd favorite Coleman Skate Park in the Lower East Side.
With the drop of their well-received free album Bastards of the Party, rap collective World’s Fair returns to the blogosphere today to present a visual interpretation to their standout single “Sammy Sosa.” The Queens representatives and Fool’s Gold signees are seen spitting their menacing lyrics in a dark Chinatown alleyway as the freaks of the night travel around them.
New York’s burgeoning emcee Black Dave spooks the web with a Brandon Kuzma directed video for the Black Bart cut “Million Man March.” The Shy Beats produced anthem is given a treatment that sees the young rapper spitting his motivational 16s against a slew of backdrops, from the streets of NY with his comrades at his side to a rail yard in a blood-drenched T-shirt.
When Domo Genesis teams up with the guys in MellowHype, not only does it make the supergroup Mellow High, but also guarantees a creative product. Here we find Hodgy Beats, Left Brain and Domo Genesis teaming up to deliver a visual accompaniment to their “Yu” track. The video splits the screen into three sections, with Hodgy donning a fat suit and some makeup, Domo surrounded by a gang of scantily clad females, and Left Brain doing what he does best, relaxing. Enjoy a look at the video for “Yu” above.
Two months after the release of his The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 mixtape, Asher Roth hits us with a new visual to the tape cut “Apples & Bananas.” The rapper delivers a funny animated visual, in which he goes on an adventure watching a bikini-clad beauty next door.
The Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 is out now.
California street dancers Erik Argote, Kadeem Johnson, Justin Brown and Ray Rivera take their distinctive styles further with “Daft Signz.” Performing Daft Punk‘s “Loose Yourself to Dance” while maneuvering massive signs with the song title in various modifications, “Daft Signz” sees the cohort take on the side streets of Los Angeles to entertain passerbys. In addition to seeing the art of sign spinning in full force, we also get a glimpse at the dynamic streets of Los Angeles, where creative outlets such as this is, are far from unommon.
With his Watching Movies With The Sound Off album in stores now, Mac Miller drops a visual to the album cut, “Gees.” In the clip, the rapper throws on his trippy shades and unleashes his evil alter ego, riding around in a psychedelic world. Mac posts on the rooftop, while ScHoolboy chills in the driveway sipping a 40 and eating El Pollo Loco.
Fresh off the release of his acclaimed Untitled 2 EP, Hodgy Beats lets loose a visual to the album opener and standout single “Alone.” Directed by Ian Flanagan, the video stars the Odd Future emcee spitting his introspective verses against a few creative settings, including a room filled with cardboard furniture, in the grass wearing multicolored shades, or buried up to his neck on the beach. Enjoy the video above.
The collaborative effort between Jneiro Jarel and DOOM, JJ DOOM return on an unreleased number titled “Bookhead.” This new joint comes as their first production together since 2012′s Key to Kuffs. Directed by iconic street Artist and all-round creative persona Steve “ESPO” Powers, the psychologically elevating visuals show the rapper have his trademark mask replaced with a reflective-mirror, while cavorting around in a local groceries store and library. Thumbing away through a list of readings, the left-field linguist’s flips through a synonym dictionary before moving on to Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Meanwhile Jarel lines the track with a hazy, broken-beat instrumental before toning it down with far-out samples and distant subs, hosting perfect stomping ground for MF DOOM‘s raspy lyrics.
With the release of Prodigy’s Albert Einstein album days away, he unleashes a video for the album cut, “YNT (Young and Thuggin)” featuring Domo Genesis. In the Jonathan Andrade directed clip, the Mobb Deep vet links up with the Odd Future member, as they thug it around Los Angeles.
Albert Einstein drops June 11th.
Eric Wareheim (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show fame) blesses audiences with the fitting visual accompaniment to Major Lazer‘s twerk-tastic anthem “Bubble Butt.” While this rendition features no facetime for song contributors Bruno Mars, 2 Chainz, Tyga or Mystic, the video is thoroughly refreshing. The video finds a typical warehouse apartment party interrupted by an unlikely heroine, injecting party-goers with two healthy scoops of the female anatomy. While this video is infinitely replay-able, we might remind viewers to refrain from doing so in a professional environment. In any regard, enjoy the music video above.
It’s no secret that Odd Future has its fair share of weed enthusiasts so it’s no surprise that the crew would be sharing some 4/20-friendly treats for the fans this weekend. Following up Domo Genesis‘ “Drugs Got Me Spiritual,” MellowHigh has released a new video for the track “Troublesome2013.” A hazy beat complements the smoked-out video, which sees MellowHigh joined by Hodgy Beats, Leftbrain and Domo Genesis as they ride around enjoying the best of Earth’s bounty. Check it out now and don’t be afraid to enjoy, even if it is a little late.