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.
Big Willie B – “Fastlane”
Big Willie B and Ace Lex team up on some Bonnie and Clyde-type stuff in this new collaboration titled “Fast Lane”. The R&B-infused record starts with Ace Lex’s sultry melodic runs and a ride-and-die attitude. This is followed by Big Willie B’s laidback flow and adulation-filled lyrics showing loyalty to his girl who has his back from the jump. The visual is as cinematic as they come and capture both artist as they back each other up in this cold world.
Illy Ali – “Blood Wit My Brothers” (feat. Anthymonthetrack)
Illy Ali‘s single “Blood Wit My Brothers” features his lifelong friend Anthymonthetrack and it’s a reflective and insightful piece that explores the concept of being his brother’s keeper and the true meaning of loyalty and friendship. Backed by the soulful and punchy soundscape, both emcees deliver candid and vivid bars on the topic at hand. The visual makes use of performance shots of the rappers in different spots, from the studio to their block.
Trizz – “A Letter To Santa”
Inland Empire/Los Angeles rapper Trizz closed out 2022 with a 6-track EP titled TRIZZMAS and follows up with the music video for the song “A Letter To Santa”. The track produced by Cas1 flips the classic Jingle Bells song into a dark brooding beat that Trizz uses to paint engaging pictures of his own version of Christmas filled with drama, struggle and a dash of hope. The visual follows Trizz as he traverses several streets filled with Christmas decorations and ends with him chilling and reflecting on life.
Manu Singh Gill – “Childline 1098” (feat. VJ Paul)
Manu Singh Gill’s “Childline 1098” is a heartfelt and vivid account of child abuse in Indian schools based on his own personal experiences. The sombre tune features VJ Paul and it explores how the school system and teachers stifle childhood dreams of growing children. The artist however looks past the trauma and abuse to implore listeners to break free of this abuse and stigma to achieve their full potential. The visual truly depicts the hardship children face in schools run by overtly strict teachers who exert their powers on helpless children who are just trying to learn. It’s quite touching and soul-stirring to watch.
M-Dot x Lateb – “Christmas Trippin” prod. by M-Dot
Boston veteran MC/Producer M-Dot drops off an early holiday gift in the form of his new release titled “Christmas Trippin.” The self-produced tune has a punchy drum break with funky elements and a humorous vibe as he links up with fellow emcee and EMS affiliate Lateb as they both share some holiday memories with their family and all the shenanigans they always get up to.
Sargeant X Comrade – “Call You Back”
Eclectic music duo Sargeant X Comrade is working on an upcoming album titled Lo Fi Future but in the interim, they share the visuals for their single “Call You Back“. The laidback soulful offering is a blissful tune ripe with mellow sultry melodic runs and distinct songwriting that explores blossoming love and how it blends with self-love and positive affirmation. The visual style has a retro feel and makes use of different off-kilter motifs and warm aesthetics with an eye-popping costume to match. The video was produced, directed and edited by BrownBoys.