NEW AUS VIDS: AGUNG MANGO, ELSY WAMEYO, DOMENGO

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Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best music videos from across the AU. Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our channel to be the first across the hottest new clips. Updated weekly, there are thousands to watch in our YouTube playlist! Which video are you into this week? Slam the comments with who we missed…

AGUNG MANGO
(Jaydan de Oliveira)

Agung Mango ramps up towards his upcoming album with new single ‘Gut’. Like a lot of the Picked Last crew, the Naarm/Melbourne artist has been responsible for some of the most intriguing hip-hop coming out of the city. Over hard hitting drums and a head-banging guitar melody produced by Sam Varghese Abraham, Mango delivers a bevy of energetic rhymes before coming through with the track’s simple and instantly memorable refrain “Watch out!”. The music video, directed by Jaydan de Oliveira, shows Mango’s isolated head in a sea of other versions of himself as well as others over time donning masks of grotesque faces. ‘Gut’ delivers the perfect burst of energy ahead of his upcoming album In Belly We Trust, due later this year.

ELSY WAMEYO – PINY LARA
(Danny Skilton & Elsy Wameyo)

Eerie and purposeful, Elsy Wameyo is surrounded by ghostly figures and shallow pools of water in the video for her new track ‘Piny Lara’. The chorus sung in Kenyan translates to “the world hates me, but the Lion of Judah interceded on my behalf”. The Tandaya/Adelaide artist ties in both cultural importance and message of a higher power in another powerful piece of music and video. A born performer with a story to tell, it makes perfect sense to have seen her winning Unearthed Artist of the Year in 2022, and even touring nationally with Hilltop Hoods for their Show Business tour shortly after. Elsy Wameyo is Adelaide’s next shining star.

DOMENGO – YKYK
(ARCO)

Eora/Sydney’s Domengo offers the inspiring track ‘YKYK’ as the first of his ‘10 videos in 10 weeks’ series. The fresh jazz-rap track begins with his story of “High school summer, blasting LUV IS RAGE 2, No Jumper landed in Sydney, LAROI. came through.” Domingo describes this as the moment he knew he wanted to do music. An innovative and inspiring track paired with impressive visuals, accurately depicting the ‘homegrown’ quality of Domengo while still possessing clean qualities, we see the young rapper monologuing to the camera like Kevin Abstract and hanging out the window on the highway. ‘YKYK’ is art-school rap with finesse, and draws all eyes on his upcoming releases in the next few months.

SHARKY43 – SOULJAH
(Redeemer Visuals)

Meanjin/Brisbane’s SHARKY43 arrives with energy and purpose on his first official release ‘Souljah’. After a two year hiatus since his last release ‘All Know Me’ on Youtube, the 19-year-old artist signs with Lisi’s Castille Records for his return. Wreckah’s production makes this one feel like the big deal it is, with crisp trumpets and a beat that you can’t help but bop to. SHARKY43 spits and sings with passion, putting the whole game on notice that his time is coming and there’s nothing his contemporaries can do about it. Handled by Ruff Pops and David Vaele, the visuals show him fighting his way around town berating all challengers, before finally losing. ‘Souljah’ is a vibrant track and the perfect reintroduction to the new and improved SHARKY43.

SAHXL – NEGLIGENT
(EMI Music Australia)

Despite his slow alt-R&B style, SAHXL is far from slowing down. Dropping his COME THRU EP late last year, Sydney’s enigmatic loverboy continues to delve deeper into his heartbreak narratives following previous release ‘TTUP’. Accompanied by an official lyric video, SAHXL echoes the sentiments of artists like PARTYNEXTDOOR, addressing the complexities of relationships with those who acknowledge their faults but believe their allure will absolve them. His steady stream of releases in 2024 reaffirms one thing: SAHXL is anything but negligent when it comes to delivering his music.

BEN JONES – OFF SOMETHING
(Nbreezy)

Ben Jones delivers the Afrobeat single ‘Off Something’ as his second offering of the year. Directed by Nbreezy as part of his ‘We Outside’ freestyle series, the music video captures Jones against the expansive backdrop of an open canyon, adding a picturesque dimension to the feel-good experience of the track. With lively, upbeat rhythms and infectious swaying percussion, Jones explores a carefree and celebratory lifestyle, capturing the thrill of the moment and the joy of living life to the fullest. ‘Off Something’ stands as a testament to his evolving style, following his previous release ‘Rambo,’ and highlighting the dynamic range of Ben Jones’s artistry.

Written by Tahlia La GaliaDeclan Bailey & Aidan Knight.

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