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.
Pythagoras the Praying Mantis – “OPERATION COUNTER-STRIKE”
Pythagoras the Praying Mantis helped set the video list off with “OPERATION COUNTER-STRIKE”. The militarized song sees the rapper detailing his veteran status and time spent in the war and the horrors he experienced. Over the rousing and cinematic soundscape, he brings listeners close to the action with graphic and vivid lyrics and an impassioned performance to match. The visual is a blend of performance shots and cut scenes of soldiers going through their time on the frontline and also preparing for a war that is inevitable. Pythagoras is currently working on an up-and-coming album titled SPIRITUAL SCHEMATICS to be released in early 2023
Lord Willin – “This Is Revenge” prod. by Redd Rebel
Hardworking Providence, RI artist Lord Willin drops the visuals for “This Is Revenge”, which is taken from his new project Feed The Dogs Vol.1. The Redd Rebel-produced track is brooding and eerie, which is perfect for Lord Willin’s unfiltered bars and intense performance. The visual is a seamless blend of performance shots intertwined with dark motifs and subtle visual effects and transitions. Feed The Dogs Vol.1 is the first installment in a series of previously unreleased collaborations with other Rappers & Producers from all over the world.
Kota Moss AKA Kota. – “Pocket Watchin”
Kota Moss AKA Kota shares visuals for his song “Pocket Watchin”, a sombre and scathing track that sees him detailing his unceremonious exit from the hip-hop collective known as Schemaposse. Over a melancholic backdrop, he shares his thoughts and holds nothing back. The visual is quite engaging and makes use of performance shots, fast-cut scenes and a disrespectful closure to his former allies.
Black Prez x Shaun Reynolds – “Feel Good”
LA / Berlin-based Black Prez and Shaun Reynolds want us to “Feel Good” with his summer jam. Over a piano-driven bouncy backdrop, he details the pros of finding and sticking to the good side of life instead of worrying too much. The visual is hilarious too and follows both artists being playful as they nonchalantly walk through different spots (via the green screen)
Kota Moss AKA Kota. – “30 OUTSIDE”
Kota Moss AKA Kota. drops another video on our list and this time it’s for the song “30 OUTSIDE” which is produced by Jake OHM. The bass-heavy track has an eerie vibe and sees the rapper in his bravado spirit and the visual taps into the theme and we see him in that scary facepaint reminiscence of The Crow character.
WOLFMAN JECKYLL – “Cuckoo’s Clock” prod. by Studs Ramrod
WOLFMAN JECKYLL closes out the list with the animated visual for his song “Cuckoo’s Clock”. Over a pounding and hard-hitting soundscape produced by Studs Ramrod, the rapper delivers graphic and vivid warnings of past events that lead to planetary catastrophes. The animated video by MIDIchlorian is the perfect companion piece to the song’s grittiness and fully encapsulates the dark foreboding lyrics with its moody animation and engaging aesthetics.
“Cuckoo’s Clock”. is the lead single taken from the upcoming project THE DUST OF WHAT ONCE WAS… (Pre-Order now, dropping 12/9).