NEW AUS VIDS: ELIJAH YO, KYE, MENACE
Week 39 of our New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus wrap is here; bringing you the latest and best videos from across the AU. Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our channel to be first with all the newest visuals from down under. Which are your favs? Drop us a line in the comments with your most fire clip this week!
ELIJAH YO – GIMME THE LOOT
(Link Up TV)
After relocating to the UK, Western Sydney’s Elijah Yo returns with his first single in two years titled ‘Gimme The Loot’. The NZ-born artist made his debut in 2018 and quickly rose through the ranks of Austalia’s local hip-hop scene with popular hits including ‘Pullup’ with Hooks and ‘Westcoast Party (Remix)’ featuring Biggs, Enzo and Pistol Pete. Now based in Birmingham, the Polynesian rapper enlists fellow NZ producer SmokeyGotBeatz for the neck-snapping trap production of his comeback track. Premiered on Link Up TV, Elijah Yo reveals the first page to an exciting new chapter, equipped with his signature clean delivery and a repertoire of new sounds.
BABYFACE MAL – MEEKO PT. 1
66Records‘ resident smooth talker Babyface Mal drops an effortlessly cool new single, ‘MEEKO Pt. 1’. Produced by SLothy & Ish Quan, the understated guitar instrumental is directed by the track’s enticing 808 drums and bass that the Melbourne-based lyricist effortlessly flows over. Mal cruises through his area in the FunFilms music video with their glitching VHS visuals providing some clean edits. ‘MEEKO Pt. 1’ is his third release of the year following on from Mal’s earlier 2021 hit ‘Superhero’, produced and featured by Brisbane’s Nerve. Babyface Mal and the rest of the 66Records crew have been on the rise in recent years, this year being their best yet, with every release feeling like a new viral and charting moment.
KYE – TUESDAY FT. JEROME FARAH
(Directed by Sanjay De Silva)
KYE shares the springtime magic in her third single of the year, ‘Tuesday’ featuring Jerome Farah. The Zimbabwe-born and Melbourne-based artist has become an intoxicating voice in Australia’s R&B scene and with her latest neo-soul offering, KYE’s warm vocals dance across the funky guitars, soft keys and lush production of 18YOMAN. Alongside the colourful music video directed by the ARIA-nominated Sanjay De Silva, the smooth vocals of Jerome Farah make a short guest contribution drawing us closer to the blissful world that KYE creates with every release. Following on from ‘Gold’, an earlier collaboration with 18YOMAN and Sampa the Great, ‘Tuesday’ shows KYE firmly establishing herself in the top echelon of R&B in Australia.
MENACE – DEMONS
(Animation by Chris Zagas)
Mitchos Da Menace unleashes on his sophomore single of the year, ‘Demons’. There’s an unforgivable force behind every track between the Western Sydney artist and his frequent producer Kela, and ‘Demons’ doesn’t fall short of that. In fact, it might best them all. With a Mortal Kombat styled animation music video by Chris Zagas, Menace slices through his enemies with a guttural delivery and cut-throat lyrical ability over the rumbling drill instrumental. From the signature “dickhead” call to his forever menacing energy, Menace continues to adapt and thrive with the changing sonics of hip-hop in Australia – rapping “fuck this culture, the culture’s a target. They gassed it up but I sparked it.”
JEWEL OWUSU – BLUE
(Say Nothing TV)
Jewel Owusu latest track ‘Blue’, is a mellow indie-soul ode to intense love-longing. Across pop, hip-hop and R&B and more, the Perth artist has quickly established herself in the past 12 months since her debut single, ‘SUSIE’ and February-released mantra EP. With co-production from fellow WA producer NAMESAKE, Owusu sprinkles elements of bossa-nova atop her mesmerising melodies attributing her SO to the colour blue. In the grainy Say Nothing TV music video, the 21-year-old singer is dressed in blue as she moseys through vibrant fields of yellow and green. Though a relative newcomer, Jewel Owusu proves she can excel in multiple genres and demands to one to keep a close eye on in 2022.
TRILLA VENUS – BLACK BOY MAGIC (FREESTYLE)
(Directed by Kota Sato & Markus Sternecker)
Perth-based artist Trilla Venus drops one of his strongest releases to date in his first solo single of the year, ‘Black Boy Magic’. The young trap hitmaker has continued to shine his star power across atmospheric trap instrumentals, most recently alongside Young6ix on ‘Different Environments and ‘Pop It’ with Kado Woods. The freestyle track might not pack the same club-ready intensity as previous releases but Trilla Venus is really falling into his own as he croons melodies over the dark production of Colcci. The flashing music video by AJR Films/Kota Sato shares a barrage of edited footage of a night in the life of the young rapper.