Welcome to TWIB’s Weekly Top 10 Videos. This is a segment where we will be looking at some exceptional visuals from various acts from around the globe. The music video format has been around for decades and through the 90s and 2000s, it has taken flight from multi-million budget music videos, to mid to low-budget videos with exceptional features. In this section, we will not discriminate but rather highlight some of the creative visuals that pop up on our radar.
Again, we promise to bring you the best from high to low budget, to animated to DIY and first and foremost, the most creative visuals we can source.
Read on the previous editions HERE.
4Fargo – “She’ll Be Ok (Remix)” feat. Jacquees
4Fargo teams up with Jacquees for “She’ll Be Ok (Remix)” and the result is a smooth pairing of the ATL duo. Armed with their distinct melodic style and emotional lines that center on writing the wrongs in a relationship. The accompanying visual is cinematic, and engaging and showcases the chemistry between the two artists.
Huntxh – “One Take”.
UK rapper/songwriter Huntxh delivers the visuals for his new release titled “One Take”. The track has a warm and atmospheric soundscape and punchy trap drums and is underpinned by his stylish melodic runs. The visual is shot in his studio and showcases his workstation and thought process.
Kosha Dillz – “Watermelon – “אבטיח” featuring Or Mash
Kosha Dillz continues his social-political statement with his latest release “Watermelon – “אבטיח” featuring fellow Israeli Wild ‘N Out comedian/rapper Or Mash. The playful song comes on the heels of his previous releases “ Bring The Family Home ” and “Ceasefire,” which are more serious songs advocating for hostages and encouraging a cease-fire only if the hostages are released first. “Watermelon – “אבטיח” is a reference to the symbol of Palestinian resistance and sees both Kosha and Or Mash teaming up to propose an end to the war with this anthem. The visuals make use of several motifs and symbolism to drive home their message of peace.
Allan Fox – “Found You”
Singer/songwriter/producer Allan Fox takes us into his work process with his latest effort “Found You”. The visual sees him crafting the soundscape in his studio and slowly building it into a cinematic synth-pop R&B piece that showcases both his technical and artistic style. His vocals are expressive and sublime and the premise is soul-stirring and heartfelt. In this song, he pens an open letter directly to his mother. Imploring her to think twice before believing something she heard on TV, and lean into the fact that we’ll never know what’s going on behind the scenes.
SONGER – “Toxic (Remix)” (feat. Arka, Shakes, D Double E & Jordy)
UK rapper SONGER continues his slew of releases and revisits his previous viral release “Toxic” with a remix featuring fellow UK rap stars ranging from Arka, Shakes, D Double E and Jordy. The result is a solid combination of vintage and new which helps bridge the gap within the growing UK hiphop scene.
Amadi Blue – “Time Of Your Life” (feat. The Game)
US-based Nigerian genre-bending R&B artist Amadi Blue teams up with rapper The Game for his new release titled “Time Of Your Life”. The track blends R&b melodies with infectious afrobeats grooves and is ripe with a memorable hook and performances from Amadi and The Game. The song also comes with an engaging animated visual that beautifully captures the summer vibe of the track.
Smallgod x Kweku Flick x Odumodublvck x ABRA CADABRA – “Kusuu”
Ghanaian artist Smallgod teams up with Kweku Flick, Nigerian rising star Odumodublvck and UK’s ABRA CADABRA for the remix of his single “Kusuu”. The remix is a blend of different styles from the artists who bring their distinct and respective lyrical prowess to the forefront over the bouncy soundscape. The song comes with a visualizer that captures behind-the-scenes footage of the artists as they do their thing.
Smallgod, the acclaimed party king of Ghana, is no stranger to the limelight. His strategic alliance with Warner Music Group (WMG) at the end of 2023 has propelled Small World Records into a new era of global music discovery.
Abyss – “Crash Through” prod. by LethalNeedle (Video)”.
Massachusetts rapper Abyss unveils his latest solo gem “Crash Through” produced by veteran Toronto hip-hop producer LethalNeedle. The upbeat boom-bap-styled track showcases Abyss’ razor-sharp lyrics, woven into a tapestry of dark haunting textures underpinned by heavy vintage drum grooves. Abyss confidently displays his lyricism, effortlessly cutting through doubters and proving his sonic wrath is still intact. The visuals are straightforward and edgy with its performance shots and visual effects that focus on Abyss and his calm demeanour.
Izrell x DEAD PERRY – “Defiance”
Izrell and DEAD PERRY go against the powers that be in their aptly titled collaboration titled “Defiance”. The hard-hitting track is peppered with edgy and off-kilter rhyme schemes and wordplay from Izrell who holds it down in an effortless manner. The visuals for the song have an urgent feel and use performance shots with flashing lighting effects to convey the haunting vibe. Izrell and DEAD PERRY are currently crafting a full-length album titled Kill List, releasing the album through Below System Records. There’s no official release date for the album but will continue to deliver crushing singles until the project is unveiled.
Afgan – “Shallow Water”
We head to the wonderful country of Indonesia with the help of one of its brightest stars who goes by the moniker Afgan. His latest release titled “Shallow Water” is a soul-stirring ballad that showcases his rich melodic runs and distinct voice. Here, he explores the connection between past traumas and blossoming love and how its effects can’t be ignored. The visual is cinematic and quite profound with its use of easy-to-follow motifs, and abstract themes that add depth into the lyrics.
Jezus Martinez – “Back to the Basics” prod. by Mike Martinez
Jezus Martinez goes “Back to the Basics” in his new release produced by Mike Martinez. Backed by Mike’s smooth boom-bap soundscape, Jezus delivers smooth raps filled with heartfelt bars that pay homage to the foundation of the culture. The accompanying Derrick “Ransom” Mason-directed visual blends performance shots with live shows of the duo.
Adriana proenza – “SALUT”.
Uprising multi-faceted artist Adriana Proenza helped close out this week’s video playlist with “SALUT”. The genre-bending track employs experimental R&B/Jazz with atmospheric hip-hop sensibilities. The production has an ethereal feel and her bilingual use of airy melodies and edgy raps adds an emotional and dark vibe to it. The visual itself is quite engaging with its use of motifs, dark and bright lighting and off-centre set pieces.