Welcome to the fourth edition of 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, 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.
Re.decay x Mawcom X – “Cosa Nostra”
Rising Berlin production duo Re.decay team up with Ghanaian rapper Mawcom X for their new single “Cosa Nostra.” The mid-tempo cut is ripe with smooth melodic synths, rich Fender Rhodes stabs, and punchy 808-laden drums that help raise the energy levels. On the vocal department, Mawcom X holds down the fort and delivers a commanding performance with his bass-heavy vocals and knack for painting vivid images. The visual is quite cinematic and filled with captivating shots of Mawcom X’s hometown fused with quick-cut scenes and performance shots to match.
“Cosa Nostra” is taken from the duo’s forthcoming LP Way Out East.
Chima Anya x Slone – “84”
The ever-working Chima Anya returns with a video for his song “84.” A reflective piece that captures the vibe of the 80s and also Chima Anya’s upbringing. Over a soothing jazz-infused backdrop, Anya runs through some of his childhood memories coupled with pop references from the 80s that people from that era can relate to. The visual is solid too and blends performance shots of Anya with clips and images from the 80s, from Freddie Mercury’s legendary performance at Live AID to various pop culture elements and much more.
Mike Hitt – “Think and Grow Rich”
Pittsburgh PA-based rapper/producer Mike Hitt shares the psychedelic video for his song “Think and grow rich.” The record is a blend of airy textures and soft drums to match, Hitt’s melodic runs and laid back flow. The visual captures the artist in his element as he takes time away from the madness of the world around him.
JahleelFaReaL – “Bout Me”
Austin, TX-based artist/producer JahleelFaReaL caught our view with his video for the song “Bout Me.” The mellow track sees him reflecting on his journey and small successes as an indie artist. The visual has a crisp and cinematic feel. It sure has an interesting transition style and motif that is colorful and unique. “Bout Me” is a single from his upcoming EP releasing in January.
Middledoug – “walt cult”
Indie rapper Middledoug closes out the list with this thought-provoking and insightful single titled “Walt Cult.” The somber track is ripe with moody textures and lyrics that dive into the dynamics of this thing called life and more. The video makes use of the rare Disney film The Mad Doctor and it’s quite befitting.