Welcome to TWIB’s Weekly Top 5 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 really 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.
Michael Vickers – “B Gospel”
Michael Vickers opens up the video list this week with this insightful song titled “B Gospel.” The song dwells on the story of a girl who was raised in a religious home and forced to adhere to rules which had negative effects on her. Vickers paints a vivid picture of hopelessness and despair over a solemn piano-driven backdrop as we follow the story of a bright young woman who was driven into the streets to fend for herself and the results were damning. The visuals are quite engaging and follow the lyric to a tee with its graphic storytelling.
Stu Bangas x Goon Union – “The Creeps” (feat. DJ Save 1)
Stu Bangas and Goon Union take us into the streets filled with villains and “The Creeps.” Backed by the ominous soundscape by Stu Bangas, the trio of Lord Willin, Redd Rebel & Wolfman Jeckyll come through with off-kilter raps while DJ Save 1 ties it up with excellent vocal scratches. The visual are a blend of performance shots laced with masked characters roaming the dark streets as the emcees take turn to do what they do best.
BurrLin – “Fentanyl”
BurrLin switches the vibe with his new release titled “Fentanyl” which showcases his fiery flow laced with insight. He makes use of a mid-tempo punchy soundscape to share his thoughts on many issues from finding peace and imploring listeners to stay away from the “yayo” due to the rise of Fentanyl related deaths.
The visual follows the rapper in a resort having a time of his life as he takes a break to snowboard and enjoy the view.
Eli Preiss – “Endboss”
German artist Eli Preiss takes us to the “Endboss” in this engaging visuals that mix animation and some live-action sequences. The soundscape has a retro 2-step bounce and the melodies are catchy as well. The animated visual is pretty solid and also uses fast-paced fight scenes and a story that follows the titular character as he runs through the city with her male counterpart.
“Endboss” is taken from her debut album LVL UP.
Itz Jaleel – “Bossin’ Up”
Itz Jaleel closes out the list with “Bossin’ Up” which is also his first release for 2022. The anthemic track displays fiery rapping and vivid lyricism that dwell on getting the bag and achieving one’s goals. The production is punchy and Jaleel is in his element as well. The visual is stylish and makes use of seamless special effects that blends the rapper in different situations together.