Mac Miller – Diablo (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 6th, 2014 by Hyphen

I mentioned this on Twitter when Mac Miller’s last mixtape, Faces, dropped, but I’m kinda worried for dude.  He’s really talented (people sleep on the production skills too), but he seems to be in a pretty dark place.  You can’t go more than a few bars on the tape without hearing a drug reference and while he’s always been on that vibe, it seems excessive…and dangerous…lately.

That said, the music is still quality, as evidenced by “Diablo.”  Truthfully, I’m all in on any beat that samples “In A Sentimental Mood,” but Mac’s rhymes are on point here too.  This one line seems to sum up what may have brought Mac to this dark place though: “the industry a lie, all the promises were hollow.”

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Esty – LoveLorn (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 26th, 2014 by Hyphen

Think a female version of The Weeknd, minus the drugs and with a stronger voice. No idea how she became involved with Tyga’s label (seems random), but I really like what I’ve heard from Esty so far. Be sure to cop her EP here if you haven’t already.

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MNEK – Wrote A Song About You (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 26th, 2014 by Hyphen

British dance music or alt-R&B is probably the most enjoyable stuff coming out these days. MNEK is killing just about everything he touches.

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Jessie Ware – Tough Love (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 12th, 2014 by Hyphen

Very 80’s…from the visuals to the Prince-esque sounds. The UK wins again.

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Majid Jordan – A Place Like This (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on July 8th, 2014 by Hyphen

Majid Jordan, the duo best known for their work on Drake’s “Hold On We’re Going Home,” are prepping their new EP and “A Place Like This” acts as the lead single and title track for the project.  As an added bonus, we get visuals at the same [damn] time the song is released, which almost always works as a smart marketing move (you never get a 2nd chance at a 1st impression).  It plays well here (that drop and laser effect at 2:53 is doooooope), and the visuals provide an interesting contrast to the images/messages that we’ve seen from another Toronto alt-R&B artist affiliated with Drake.  As much as people would like to think of that party scene as being all fun and games, it can quickly drag you under if you aren’t careful.

“It’s hard to teach a child when it gets like this //

What they offering you in a place like this //

What they promising you when it gets like this?”

If you’re late to the Majid Jordan bandwagon, be sure you track down their Afterhours EP they released before signing to Drizzy’s OVO Sound label.  Some of my favorite music of the past few years and the new project will surely pick up where that left off.  It drops July 22nd.

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Full Crate x Mar – Man x Woman (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on June 17th, 2014 by Hyphen

Yes, I know I’m slacking on posting the last 2 episodes of Sound Session, plus a few interviews we’ve done, but real life is mad hectic right now.  I’m only briefly interrupting it to post the video for what’s probably my favorite song of 2014, Full Crate & Mar’s “Man x Woman.”

Dopeness.

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The Physics – Play It Off (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on May 18th, 2014 by Hyphen

New video from The Physics, my favorite crew from the town, off Digital Wildlife.  Just when you think Thig’s on some super creeper status in the video, there’s a nice twist at the end…

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MNEK – Every Little Word (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 26th, 2014 by Hyphen

British alt-R&B/dance music is killing everything right now.

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Jhene Aiko – Comfort Inn Ending (Freestyle) (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 20th, 2014 by Hyphen

Mental note: don’t cheat on Jhene, although…really?

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CunninLynguists ft. Tunji – South California (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 5th, 2014 by Hyphen

Deacon, Natti, and Kno are back with their first music video in years to support their new project, Strange Journey, Vol. 3.  Shout to the homey Tunji!

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