Drake ft. Rihanna – Take Care (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on April 7th, 2012 by Hyphen

I love how Drake’s at the point where he can just release two videos out of the blue with no regard for marketing pushes from his label or anything else to worry about.  It’s similar to Kanye releasing “Theraflu” for no reason right after “Mercy,” just cause he felt that the people needed them both.  So right after “HYFR” comes this more serious, sullen video from Drizzy and a very un-Rihanna looking Robin Fenty.  As far as radio singles go, I’d be hard pressed to think of a record I like more than this one in the past year.

And if you want the inspiration, enjoy the classic from Bobby “Blue” Bland:

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2-Cent Ent – 2¢XM∆$ Odd Christmas 2011 (spoof video)

Posted in Artists, Comedy, Music Videos on December 24th, 2011 by Hyphen

I didn’t think I’d like this, but they won me over with a few of the lines (“I’m Wale’s secret Santa” and Drake’s intonation on “liiiIIIIIIFE!”) and a few impressions in particular (Big Sean, Beyonce, J. Cole, Kreayshawn, Birdman, Drake, and Wyclef). J. Cole receiving a basketball as a gift was golden too. Pretty good stuff overall.

Order of appearances: Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Plies, Rick Ross, Beyonce, J. Cole, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, Kreayshawn, Lil B, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Birdman, Drake, Wyclef Jean, Rihanna, and LMFAO.

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Florence + the Machine – Take Care (cover) (live)

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on December 3rd, 2011 by Hyphen

I’ve been meaning to post this up since last week, but I’ve been caught up in the post-Thanksgiving madness.  Florence kills this version of Drake and Rihanna’s soon to be smash in this live performance for BBC Radio 1.  As I’ve mentioned on Twitter, I can’t tell whether I live it and then Drake puts it in to song, or he writes about it and then it happens to me.  Either way, I’m pretty sure he owes me royalties on my life right now.

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J. Cole ft. Trey Songz – Can’t Get Enough (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on September 17th, 2011 by Hyphen

Jermaine might have my favorite record out at the moment with this one. “THAT’S THE HOOK RIGHT THURR!!!!”

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Drake – Marvin’s Room (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on June 28th, 2011 by Hyphen

It seems like when folks aren’t discussing planking on Twitter (hip-hop, you’re late to the party on that one), they’re talking Drizzy. I’ve seen negative feedback from a lot of my friends and peers for “Marvin’s Room” and “Trust Issues,” but like pretty much all of Drake’s music, I like these records.

And as emo as people want to accuse Drake of being, there’s something pretty gully about dropping the official visuals for “Marvin’s Room” right after Chris Brown released his version. Wamp waaaaaamp.

“I’m talkin’ crazy girl, I’m lucky that you picked up…”

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Kanye West ft. Rihanna, Kid Cudi, and more – All Of The Lights (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on February 20th, 2011 by Hyphen

As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I’m a sucker for flashing lights.  It’s a good thing I’m not prone to epileptic seizures, since this video is clearly going to cause a few of those.  This is an epic anthem and ‘Ye’s partnership with the NBA for All-Star Weekend is working flawlessly.

Best artist alive.

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Mike Tompkins ft. Shad – Only Girl (video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on December 18th, 2010 by Hyphen

Is it just me, or is there some sort of acapella renaissance going on these days?  I’m not mad at this one at all, though the high synths and accompanying funny faces make this into more of a quirky video than it needed to be.  And of course, Shad is a better rapper than you all.  Hyph-approved.

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Kanye West – Runaway (movie)

Posted in Art, Artists, Movies, Music Videos on October 23rd, 2010 by Hyphen

I could write an essay on Kanye’s Runaway film, and the ensuing debates it sparked, but what’s the point?  There will be a million analytical pieces by Monday, and none of them will be any more “right” than the others.  It’s art…and I’m really not looking forward to hearing other people tell me how to consume it.

Personally, I’m satisfied with an interesting concept, some beautiful shots & colors, and some really dope music.  The intro scene with “Dark Fantasy” and the “Devil In A New Dress” segment were flawless, though part of me wishes this was the first time I ever heard any of these songs.  That’s always been one of my least favorite aspects of the internet age and I may have to revert back to avoiding music from my favorite artists until it’s officially presented.  Even with all the live performances, interviews, and song/artwork leaks spoiling much of Runaway, I thoroughly enjoyed the film.

Regardless of how you felt about it, you have to agree: no mainstream MC puts more effort and care into his music than Kanye.  Sure, it can come off pretentious at times (ok, much of the time), but he’s really trying to express something in his art and take it to new places.  He doesn’t always hit the mark, but musically, he’s never disappointed me.

A toast to Yeezy.

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Paul Dateh is a G

Posted in Artists, Live Performances, Videos on May 22nd, 2010 by Hyphen

You may remember Paul from his work with the homies Inverse, but it’s clear from this video that he’s far more than just a dope violin player.  Woah.

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Kanye West ft. Mr. Hudson & Kid Cudi – Paranoid (official video)

Posted in Artists, Music Videos on June 4th, 2009 by Hyphen

Ok, so I like the official version of the video more than the bootleg that leaked, but I dunno…still doesn’t do a ton for me.  Rihanna’s Aneesa meets Cruella de Vil look just isn’t hot to me and the action poses she strikes throughout are kind of cringe-worthy.  I suppose that’s what they were going for.

I do like the nightie lingerie outfit though…I approve of that.  The alternate mix of the song is cool too, though it’s only slightly different than the album version (my current ringtone).

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