Donny Oh is a New York rapper with a new video and single out; plus, he’s got a new EP on the way titled Stuffed Shells. Not only is Donny’s food choice there pretty classy, but he nabbed a sweet, soulful Knxwledge beat for the track featured in the video above, too. While Donny does sound young and a bit aimless, he does come off really passionate, charismatic, and clever on some of his bars here–I also have to say the dude’s got flow, flow, flow. Watch, listen, enjoy!
Singer-songwriter Father John Misty, a.k.a. Josh Tillman, dancing through a post-apocalyptic set on this new set of visuals for the track “Funtimes In Babylon,” which is a cut from his latest full-length, Fear Fun. The album is out now on Sub Pop Records.
CAS is a UK rapper related to the grime scene, and the MC supposedly has a full-length release in the works titled Commerical, but it has yet to receive a release date. In the mean time, check out the videos for “Walkin’” and “All Hallows’” above and below.
CAS adopts a decidedly dark aesthetic, spitting subversive lyrics and appearing as a masked figure in videos filled with disorienting images. These ingredients add up to a gimmick in many rappers, but CAS’s words seem to reflect genuine struggles. “Walkin’” in particular depicts a broken down, aimless youth who turns to alcohol to cope with listlessness, and the production fits the MC’s grim tone like a loose-fitting, rain-soaked hoodie.
With frequent Danny Brown collaborator Skywlkr providing the beat on “All Hallows’,” the song achieves a sinister boom bap status. “Walkin’” offers the true instrumental highlight, however, with a minimalistic pairing of breezy synthesizer chords and warm, easygoing bass; it takes a risk by forgoing percussion entirely, but the bass line carries enough momentum to lay a strong rhythmic foundation. While it is admirable for being so unconventional, what truly sets it apart is the way it represents the lyrical themes so well. It doesn’t force any emotion upon the listener, and rather accurately represents the acceptance CAS portrays in his lyrics: he understands that his life isn’t what he wants it to be, and now he’s just trying to figure out where to go next.
East Coast boom bap crew Pro Era, which counts Joey Bada$$ amongst its members, put out their PEEP: The aPROcalypse mixtape on December 21 last year. Three days afterward, member Capital Steez was discovered dead. Pro Era has released this video dedicated to his memory.
“Like Water” was the first track on PEEP: The aPROcalypse, but the context feels differently now. When it was initially released, it felt like the introductory statement to a formative chapter in the story of a rising group of youthful, passionate individuals; now, it feels like a eulogy. But it is not a particularly downcast one, and its new video follows. Pro Era pays respect to their late friend with a sense of pride in his image, spray painting a mural of his face on the rooftop of a large building. It seems to symbolize not only the immortality of Steez’s legacy, but also the group’s decision to let it influence their art rather than set them back.
Watch a video for the Pro Era mixtape below:
Flowers: that’s the physical theme of Brooklyn indie pop outfit TEEN’s new video for the title track from the Carolina EP they released last month. The video follows performance artist Megha Barnabas, who also holds director credits, as she prances through crowded areas handing flowers to various individuals. With the attire to fit, a vibrantly colored dress covered entirely in flower patterns, Barnabas’ image is eccentric yet inviting. Perhaps the most rewarding moments in the clip are those in which the camera shows the reactions of those whom Barnabas approaches, which range from genuinely enthusiastic facial expressions of the flower recipients to the slightly awkward ones of those who turn her down. With the help of the charm Barnabas radiates as she dances throughout the city, the video effectively matches the fun-loving and somewhat whimsical nature of the song with its bright quirkiness.
Check out the video above via the Carpark Records YouTube channel.
The Doppelgangaz offer a video for the track “Sun Shine,” which is one of the many cuts featured on the hip hop project’s latest release, Hark. Stream the album via the widget below. Enjoy!
This new collection of Lord Quas tracks might not be as epic as this project’s debut LP in 2000, but it’s still an incredibly fun listen.
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Uptown XO and gets together with Creative Junkfood on this new, animated music video for the track “Everyday.” The video brings a lot of fun, playful visuals, but the song itself is stone cold serious as Uptown XO and AB the Pro make some pretty bold statements and comparisons.
Stream Uptown XO’s new full-length via the widget below: