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.
Unknown Mizery x NR – “My Best”
Acclaimed hip-hop artist and Babylon Warchild member, Unknown Mizery opens up our video list with his new release titled “My Best”. The soulful tune sees the rapper getting introspective as he runs through his journey from addiction and daily struggles with depression to getting back on his feet. He is joined by NR from the web3 super group Krime Fyter who helps with a chilled melodic chorus to complete the heartfelt tune. The accompanying visuals make use of dreamy and dark aesthetics with a blend of performance shots and cut scenes that capture Unknown Mizery in his element.
“My Best” is the lead single from Mizery’s highly anticipated upcoming album, Always Better Than Yesterday, produced by Axel from New Zealand.
SHOWTIME RAMON – “Spin Cycle”.
Hard-working underground emcee Showtime Ramon keeps his foot on the opposition’s necks as he returns with a new single titled “Spin Cycle”. Backed by a punchy and ominous soundscape, Showtime Ramon pulls out his trump card with off-kilter raps that pack wild references from NBA legend Shaq to Wrestling legend Bam Bam Bigelow. In a nutshell, he is giving the rap game a quick spin cycle with his unorthodox style. The visuals here are straightforward and use extensive shots of Showtime Ramon performing in front of his stomping grounds with an unassuming demeanour.
MoneySign Hines – “Misunderstood”
MoneySign Hines gives us something to ponder on in “Misunderstood”, a laidback and reflective track that dives into the topic of being misconstrued. Over the soulful and solemn backdrop, he gives his candid thoughts on the topic. The visuals makes use of psychedelic and eye-popping effects and a smooth mix of performance shots of the rapper.
Akira Gautama – “sightings”.
Indie rapper Akira Gautama makes rare “Sightings” in his new release. The boom-bap-infused track makes use of a traditional Chinese instrument laced with punchy drum grooves and moody textures and sound effects that all add up to a fiery aesthetic. Armed with a unique flow and cadence, Akira proceeds to drop some interesting bars that will keep ears locked in. The visuals are shot by his friend Cole Train, a local filmmaker who helps bring Akira’s vision to life with a performance-driven video.
RPXSB x Nomadic – “Red Eye”
San Francisco Rap Duo RPxSB (Roddy Picante and Stay-Bizzy aka Rock Plaid and Survive Bullshxt) make their entry on our list with “Red Eye”. The track has a moody and reflective vibe with its soft keys and solemn textures layered over soft drums provided by Nomadic. The duo trade bars blend insight, bravado and a whole lot of introspection. The accompanying visual has a cinematic feel and makes use of different set pieces and subtle storytelling that will keep viewers engaged from start to finish.
RYN SCOTT – “The Force”
Prolific hip-hip artist Ryn Scott help close out the list with his anthemic song titled “The Force”. The aptly titled song sees him embodying the spirit of a winner and go-getter who goes all out to achieve his goals regardless of the obstacles laid before him. The visuals also tap into the theme of the song with its energetic cut scenes and lively performance cuts.