NEW AUS VIDS: HP BOYZ, GHO$TMAC 400, VOLDY, IJALE & OX4ORD
Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best videos from across the AU. Don’t miss out! Subscribe to our channel to be the first across the hottest new clips. Updated weekly, there are thousands to watch in our YouTube playlist! Which video are you into this week? Slam the comments with who we missed…
VOLDY, IJALE, OX4ORD – OKOK (WORK)
Naarm/Melbourne’s most stylish trio on the mic, VOLDY, IJALE and OX4ORD, link together for ‘OKOK (WORK)’. Produced by IJALE and YAAK, the Afro and Jersey Club infused hip-hop track marks the first collaboration between all three of them, but certainly not the last. For fans of Saba and Mick Jenkins, ‘OKOK’ is paired with a music video filmed and directed by Dylan Guy. Speaking on the record, VOLDY says “it’s self empowerment in a cool and confident way. We know who we are and what we bring to the Melbourne scene. It’s okay if you don’t recognise it. We’re still here and ain’t anywhere anytime soon.” All eyes should stay glued to whatever comes next from them both together and separately.
HP BOYZ – REMINDER
(Alvin Dang & Penny)
Hp Boyz refresh their presence in the scene with their latest single ‘Reminder’. Bar after bar, strength to strength, the lyrics are infused with profound meaning, highlighting their unwavering commitment to their craft. This is further emphasised through an accompanying music video to the UK garage track, directed by the talented Alvin Dang and Penny. Following ‘Let It Go‘ and ‘Tell Me How‘ with Larissa Lambert, the pair acknowledge that their journey to success is a process filled with challenges, but they refuse to let anything hinder their progress. Amidst the allure of financial success, Onit and YJ remain grounded and genuine, lamenting that money holds no power to change who they are as they simply “had to remind them who’s boss.”
GHO$T MAC®400 – NERVE FT. WESLEY BLACK
After weeks of being teased across his socials, GHO$T MAC®400 delivers his long-awaited new single ‘Nerve’ featuring Wesley Black. Compared to 2022’s R&B focused offering ‘Like That‘, the Boorloo/Perth-based artist has taken a liking to more anthemic and punchy raps evident in his last release ‘Whatever It Takes’ and this Lloui-produced track. Directed by c4leb400, the ‘Nerve’ music video follows GHO$T, Wesley, and a bunch of other 6k creatives playing golf and tennis, driving and jet-skiing around. Following some impressive solo songs, and features on Sowdy‘s Paint The City Purple, the 23-year-old is now gearing up for his debut project Blu Hills landing later this year.
MOG.Y – IRMA VEP
Mog.Y has proven time and time again that he’s in a league of his own but if you needed any extra convincing, here you go. Performed under his new alias Coupe Devil, ‘Irma Vep’ is stripped from his five track EP You’re Gonna Die On That Hill. On the upcoming release, Mog describes it as “a slow walk through a shadowy place. A long cold gaze through the eyes in the back of your head.” The Melbourne rapper’s new release is paired with a music video from Tomise who draws influence from the horror film genre. His delivery and willingness to experiment drive this video forward, as does his detailed lyrics and approach to the track.
VV ACE – MOOD SWINGS (BAND EDITION)
If you’re looking for smooth vocalists, look no further than Melbourne’s VV Ace. His latest track, ‘Mood Swings’, is nothing short of polished, and somehow he stepped it up even further in the Band Edition video. VV Ace continues to display the years of work that’s gone into perfecting his effortless showmanship thus far. In the James Bondole-directed live performance, he transitions from sombre keys to an intimate vocal performance backed up by live instrumentation – just another day in the office for Ace as he switches from spitting a verse to passionately singing his heart out.
LIH STEEZO – WANT 8 FIGURES
(Ax Visuals & ThatGuyBugs)
Emerging from Meanjin/Brisbane, Lih Steezo proves his potential on debut single ‘Want 8 Figures’. Armed with raw lyrics, hard-hitting beats, and a powerful delivery akin to the likes of Lil Baby, he has swiftly positioned himself as one of Aus rap and trap scene’s brightest prospects. The addictive music video, shot and edited by Bugs, showcases Lih Steezo and his circle of friends revelling in their version of a high life, surrounded by luxury, all while steadfastly pursuing their aspirations of reaching that elusive 8-figure milestone. With the first heavy-hitting drop of 2023, the impactful lyricist leaves an indelible mark, setting the stage for a promising journey ahead within the Aus rap and trap scenes.