Out of the handful of tracks that Skrillex has shared over the past couple of months, “Butterflies,” his collab with Four Tet and Starrah, is definitely one of the best songs this year. He’s gone all out with these singles so far, releasing high-production music videos for both, further supporting that an album is around the corner.
Tyler, the Creator is an oddball artist that has had an impressive rollout for his new album, Call Me If You Get Lost, and the latest offering to the world from his alter ego, Tyler Baudelaire, is the brief yet on-brand visual for his punching album cut “Lemonhead.”
The return of Tyler, the Creator with his excellent album Call Me If You Get Lost has meant that fans have been treated to lots of short clips with Tyler’s inimitable visual style, but until today, there hasn’t been a full-length music video.
On Lyrics to GO Vol. 2 by KOTA The Friend he opens the alum with songs, “Clinton Hill” and “Luke Cage,” that both feature distinctly rose-colored and nostalgic mixes with vintage keys and classic percussion tracks. Both tracks sport verses from KOTA reminiscing while striving to stay true to himself.
DUCKWRTH captures those early quarantine days of longing with a bit of a sci-fi twist in the video for his SuperGood single “Kiss U Right Now.” This video features the singer/rapper playing the role of a super cautious bachelor trying to make it through the pandemic.
Fresh off the release of his acclaimed new album The Off-Season, J. Cole has dropped a Scott Lazer-directed video for “Punchin’ the Clock.” The video has a back-the-block approach, starring the rapper as he performs from the back of a Taxicab in New York City.
Prolific producer, Boys Noize, is a man of many sounds and many talents. Today, the German artist is strutting into the spotlight with a warehouse-ready new single titled, “All I Want,” featuring Scissor Sisters front man, Jake Shears.
Those punks are always up to no good. Machine Gun Kelly released the music video for his latest single “love race,” featuring Sleeping With Sirens singer Kellin Quinn, blink-182 drummer Travis Barker, and … a masked murderer terrorizing a summer camp.
J. Cole filmed his latest video for “a p p l y i n g p r e s s u r e,” in some of New York City’s most iconic spots. Directed by Scott Laxer, Cole gives a tour of the D Train, a parking garage, a basketball court, a random corner with a view of the Freedom Tower, and, you know, wherever else was free at the time. Haters will say it’s low-budget — and they will be right.
Premier clip with a brand new single ‘Gang Gang’ where he joins forces with Lil Wayne. Polo G has called Wayne one of his biggest influences multiple times in the past so the latter doing a proper song with him definitely strikes something off the young rapper’s bucket list.
Offset discovered, Memphis rap star Duke Deuce drops his highly anticipated album DUKE NUKEM out now via Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Made Men Movement. The bombastic new album features all the hallmarks of Duke’s gritty style, from his booming ad-libs to his aggressive delivery, as well as winning appearances from Offset who is credited for discovering Duke, A$AP Ferg, recent collaborator Mulatto, Young Dolph, and more.
Culture 3 is loading. Migos are back to work and have released the new single and video for “Straightenin.” The trio has teased the arrival of a new album through the early part of 2021 and the new release shows the trio still has the chemistry that turned them into superstars. The video takes Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff back to the block, bringing some luxury whips with them. You can hear the new release below.
The collab “All On Me” between the two veterans, innovative producers Tchami and ZHU just keeps getting better and better. It was already a treat to see these two come together on the same track, a standout on Tchami’s acclaimed debut album, Year Zero. Today, Tchami delivers the music video for the tune, reminding us how much of a groove this one is.
Los Angeles veteran Evidence is back with a brand new song and video, “Better You,” produced by none other than The Alchemist. Leaning into their frequent downtempo sound, Alc’s grimey instrumental leaves plenty of space for EV’s nonchalant but nonetheless impressive rhyme patterns. As always with Evidence, substance takes precedence over flashiness as he talks about real life struggles and victories that we can all relate to. The visual, directed by Stephen Vanasco, matches the dark undertones of the song with unique optics reminiscent of Frank Miller’s Sin City. Fans can look out for another full length project from EV, Unlearning Vol. 1, coming this summer (album art after the drop.)
NPR is bringing in some of today’s best hip-hop artists for their Tiny Desk Concerts. After Rick Ross‘s appearance, they gave us another stripped-back performance from Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz.
The music video for Juice WRLD’s “Conversations,” recalls the late rapper’s fight with his inner-demons. Steve Cannon shot, edited and directed the visual, which soars through memory lane and captures the thrill of Juice’s life onstage and on the road. FMX riders throw down in front of a larger-than-life CGI devil, while Juice whips out a previously unreleased freestyle at the end of the clip from his tour bus.
“Streets” is off Doja’s 2019 album, Hot Pink, and she’s since been readying a brand new record, Planet Her, slated to drop sometime later this year. Taking a page out of her fans’ book, the rising rap star does the #SillhouetteChallenge herself in the official video, bringing her signature sensuality to the dark track.
NPR invited Rick Ross to perform a Tiny Desk Concert. Ricky Ross is perhaps most known for his bangers, but that’s what makes him such a brilliant choice to perform stripped-back versions of his discography.
Big Sean dropped a collab with the late Nipsey Hussle on Monday night (Aug. 24) with the reflective “Deep Reverence,” on which the two MCs reminisce about their struggle coming up. The song, which will appear on Sean’s upcoming Detroit 2 album (Sept. 4), was produced by Hit-Boy, along with Rogét Chahayed, Audio Anthem and G. Ry, and it features the two MCs coming together on the chorus, “F–k rap, I’m a street legend/ But I’m the don ’cause the streets said it/ Block love me with a deep reverence.”
Directed by Andrew Donoho, the accompanying visual follows the album’s horrorcore theme and sees the two on a mission to eliminate a zombie-like character. 21 and Metro Boomin are joined by Honorable C.N.O.T.E., and they find themselves searching a creepy and abandoned structure before being confronted by the horrifyingly bloody creature.