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.
YfnVon – “No Feelings”
YfnVon returns to our visual playlist with “No Feelings” which sees him displaying his vivid story telling skills. Over a sombre vocal sample-driven backdrop, he details his life struggles and the many events that shaped him. From the urban violence, personal loss and coming out the bottom, YfnVon gives listeners something to ponder on. The video clip is crafted by shotbyxpress who makes use of special visual effects and YfnVon’s laidback performance style.
KANDA – “Bottom Of The Bottle”
Rising UK artist KANDA takes us to the “Bottom Of The Bottle” in this heartfelt and reflective tune. Over Harri Georgio and Maniscooler‘s sombre soundscape made up of lush guitar licks and airy horns with punchy drum grooves, KANDA takes a harrowing look into mental health, self-isolation and liquor dependency. It’s quite relatable as KANDA digs deep into the delicate matter with a passionate grip. Armed with his distinct melodic style and candid songwriting, he sure puts listeners deep into the mix of the action. The song is accompanied by a set of powerful visuals that are centred around the abuse of Alcohol, we follow Kanda as he attempts to have fun with his friends meanwhile his thoughts are elsewhere. Finding it hard to speak his truth, he falls into bad habits before suddenly feeling the consequences.
Deizal Nuncio – “That X-Ish”
Baltimore Maryland-based rapper Deizal Nuncio pays homage to the late DMX in his new single titled “That X-Ish”. The cinematic production is menacing and punchy and sets the perfect backdrop for Deizal’s candid lyrics that pours adulation to the late Earl Simmons. The track is also an uplifting anthem that reminds us that resilience and a strong will always take you further than anything else.
Steven Malcolm x LZ7 – “Monster”.
Bolstered by thick 808 kicks and synthesizing bass lines, rising duo Steven Malcolm and LZ7 detail the disruptive forces aiming for his flesh in their new collaborative single “Monster.” “Monster” serves as a rallying cry for everyone who s feeling conflicted and ultimately it aims to fire up the inner warrior in all of us to come out and defeat our personal demons. The accompanying visual captures te performance style of both artists in their real-life concerts and also some quick performance shots.
Laura Roy – “Lucy – Stripped (Live)”
Two-time Grammy-nominated, Canadian, UK-based artist, producer and songwriter Laura Roy gifts us with the live performance of her song “Lucy (Stripped Live)”. The guitar-laden track has a soul-gripping aesthetic that is warm and solemn while her commanding melodic runs seamlessly cascade the backdrop. The visual is as natural as they come and we see Laura doing her thing in an apartment with her 2 man band. “Lucy – Stripped (Live)” is a bonus release follow-up from Laura’s recent 2023 Odyssey EP.
1Rich Park – “Practice” (feat. Swooty Mac)
1Rich Park is a Cincinnati Ohio Artist/Musician who has appeared on our site and his new release “Practice” sees him teaming up with Swooty Mac. The track has a sombre and reflective element that blends with the rapper’s laidback flow and bravado-laden raps. The visual makes use of the infamous traffic stop of Boosie and the hilarious diatribe that ensues.
Black Sherif – “Oh Paradise”
Ghanaian superstar, Black Sherif, releases a heartbreaking, emotionally charged music video for “Oh Paradise,” which is taken from his acclaimed debut album, The Villain I Never Was. Based on Sherif’s real-life experience of the passing of his high school sweetheart, the video is a powerful reminder to cherish the time we have with the ones we love. The release bookends the groundbreaking success of Sherif’s debut album, The Villain I Never Was, and closes out this chapter before he begins rolling out new music.