NEW AUS VIDS: GENESIS OWUSU, TAHDIG, ZOO JAMES

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Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best 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…

GENESIS OWUSU – LEAVING THE LIGHT
(Lisa Reihana)

Talk about raising the bar. Multiple ARIA-Award winning, internationally acclaimed, and all round-good dude Genesis Owusu blesses us with ‘Leaving The Light’ the first single from his freshly announced sophomore album ‘Struggler’ due this August. The AUD’$ Power Rankings King continues to do things different but with an unmatched level of artistic vision and quality. Fusing elements of Rap, Soul, and Alt-Rock, Owusu combines with world-renowned artist and producer Lisa Reihana to bring the visual elements to life – a partnership that will be fully unveiled across the forthcoming album. It’s dark, it’s otherworldly, and it looks like something straight out of a Hollywood blockbuster. An “exploration of the chaos and absurdity of life, and our ability to endure”, we stay locked awaiting the next chapter from the AU’s answer to Donald Glover

TAHDIG – IMMIGRANTS
(Tahdig)

Emerging from Meanjin / Brisbane is rising emcee Tahdig, with a unique, honest narrative of culture and overcoming adversity. Though her new single ‘Speechless’ is a recent drop to check out, her most recent visual offering is for ‘Immigrants’; a vulnerable tale of her family’s journey as refugees from Iran to Australia. Tahdig’s approach is raw and gritty, it’s authentic to the very origins of rap; utilising the artistic medium to communicate important social messages from marginalised communities. The handy-cam footage of Tahdig as a young Iranian girl in traditional dress, who has now evolved into a rising recording artist, should empower anyone from an immigrant background with a dream to create.

ZOO JAMES – BROKEN PROMISES
(Kidd Suave)

Featured in our Introducing series for his previous release ‘Ride Or Die’, Zoo James reflects on ‘Broken Promises’ in his second melodic rap offering for 2023. Hailing from Naarm / Melbourne’s northern suburbs, the 23-year-old has been on a hot streak of singles since his debut as Zoo James last year. Speaking on the new track, he said “‘Broken Promises’ is about the ongoing betrayal and lies that are present in an ongoing cycle of toxicity throughout a relationship.” Celebrating the release, Zoo James’ debut headline show will be held at Bad Decisions Bar on May 26th. For every merchandise purchase on the night, $5 will be donated to the Black Dog Institute to raise money for mental health.

PANIA – ALL MINE
(SNDR Films)

The face of Australian R&B PANIA returns from her trip in London and Paris with slow jam single ‘ALL MINE’. Produced by her go-to producer HAMLEY, the Melbourne artist delivers her first taste of new music since P Pack earlier this year. Edited by SNDR Films, the song is accompanied with a music video shot by Irfaan, Wolfy and PANIA that follows her throughout her Europe visit. While maybe not the anthem that ‘P Stands 4 Playa’ and ‘tiki’ is, ‘ALL MINE’ feels like a heartfelt deep cut that will only grow on listeners as she continues to rise.

HP BOYZ – LET IT GO
(A Saint Studios Production)

HP Boyz have been testing the waters with new sounds this year, and they’ve nailed it with ‘Let it Go’. Following ‘Tell Me How‘ alongside Larissa Lambert, the duo switch it up again from what listeners might expect, approaching their latest track with a mature eye, talking about hardships and their perseverance. It highlights their come up, and what it took for them to get there but equally focuses on their status now, and how their early life and eventual fame has shaped them into the people and artists they are today. Directed by Alvin Dang, the music video for ‘Let It Go’ shows Onit and YJ teaching the next generation of HP Boyz’.

SOUTHSIDEFREDO – OUTSIDE FT. VELLY
(Unfocal)

Brisbane’s Southsidefredo returns with ‘Outside’ featuring Velly. After four releases in 2022, it’s his first drop of the year, and it’s a statement. ‘Outside’ is catchy, energetic, and sets the tone for further music from Fredo this year. The beat, produced by Dapanda, is simple-yet effective by flipping a sample, and then adding the sauce. It’s a formula that’s almost unbeatable, and combined with Fredo and Velly’s performances, it’s a smash. 

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