NEW AUS VIDS: JAECY, SOLI, RAY PELKA
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…
RAY PELKA – NOBODY KNOWS
There’s something different about Ray Pelka’s music. And it’s got nothing to do with the sonics. Yes, he has an incredible vocal range which varies between a harsh gritty timbre and an angelic falsetto. Yes, the spacious instrumentation feels both modern and classic. Yes, he arranges his work to always keep you guessing and interested. But it’s the storytelling. The narration. The pain in his voice which is so authentic and relatable that you can’t turn away. Dark, moody, ganged-out visuals with a cast cloaked in black fits and balaclavas appropriately set the scene for an AU enigma to shine like a diamond in the rough on ‘Nobody Knows’. Get on board now.
JAECY – DOIN’ TOO MUCH
Bankstown based Jaecy is ‘DOIN’ TOO MUCH’ with his third release in five days. Debuting new singles ‘Dola’ and ‘Toast Up’ on BL@CKBOX earlier this month, the African Australian rapper keeps his foot on the gas for another heater. Produced by Aywy and Déjà Miru, The Area Movement artist taps into the chip on his shoulder and shuts down any ‘next up’ talk. Eight years in the scene and the Sydneysider still impresses with every new release. ‘DOIN’ TOO MUCH’ is also accompanied with a B&W music video directed by Ljn16.
SOLI – TEMPORARY LOW
There’s not many things certain in life. But this is: Soli is about to take over. When we’re talking an R&B Queen emerging from the bountiful POC artistic community in Naarm / Melbourne, it’s hard not to draw comparisons to Kaiit. And while that trajectory is well within Soli’s grasp, she’s her own woman. Her art is beautiful. The vocal control, gentle songwriting, and references to love and faith give you Erkyah Badu feels, all the while wrapped in this talent that is still in the infancy of her career. The clip for ‘Temporary Low’ is simple; grayscaled street scenes allow viewers to focus entirely on the message being conveyed, and to get lost in the gorgeous melodic runs.
NERVE – KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID
Nerve doesn’t waste a single bar on his first solo effort of the year, ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’. Following his verse on Zia Jade’s ‘High’ and reuniting with Babyface Mal on ‘GUMBOOTS’, the Meanjin/Brisbane top dog returns over something you’d hear on the US charts in the early 2000s. Packed with punchlines and delivered with steeze, the self-produced single feels like an unofficial part 5 to his ‘Walk & Talk’ series. Shot by Onlyodd, the music video stays true to the track’s sentiment with Nerve spitting straight to camera with subtitles ensuring you don’t miss a thing.
RIBBY247 – EVIL TWIN FT. KZ DA BANDIT
We already gave you a heads up that Gold Coast emcee Ribby247 was one of the best performers of 2023. Now he’s put the pedal to the floor and taken it up another whole notch on new drop ‘Evil Twin’. This SLAPS. The beat sounds like it comes straight out of 50 Cent‘s early catalogue and Ribby slides on it laconically, but swiftly as if he’s dipping out of sight of the authorities. KZ Da Bandit closed out last year with ‘Ready’, one of the most banging joints of ’22 and this link-up feels like the Power Rangers combining to create the Megazord. The visuals are clean and crisp, enabling the stars of the show to perform with seamless chemistry as they rap about their exploits in a very if-you-know-you-know manner. This one will no doubt heat the streets and hopefully make its way to the clubs. And at this rate, before long, the red carpets.
DIBZ – G LIKE ME
A year removed from his debut single, DIBZ unleashes another energetic drill anthem into 2023. Produced by Anyvibe, the Sydney rapper juggles the lifestyle of the streets and delivers an ode to getting your money up. Released via Anchor Baby Records, the new single arrives two months after his last track ‘Missed Opportunities’. ‘G Like Me’ is equipped with a music video directed by Slippn who captures DIBZ in his element – mullet, matching tracksuit and all.