NEW AUS VIDS: JEIDA WOODS, ISADORA, TOMMY GUNN
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…
JEIDA WOODS – ACQUIESCENCE
(William Ashcroft & Jeida Woods)
Jeida Woods may have dropped the smoothest song of the year with his newest release ‘Acquiescence’. Produced by Matthew Cicero, Jordan Panasewych and Nic Martin, he delivers a dreamy, dark R&B performance for his first release of 2023. The music video, co-directed by William Ashcroft, follows a couple on a night out soundtracked by Woods’ sensual lyricism. If we’re being honest, ‘Acquiescence’ could be a song by The Weeknd, and for Woods to be putting out quality like this, seemingly often, conversations about the best male R&B artist in the country needs to mention his name.
TOMMY GUNN – SACRIFICE
Dropping his debut mixtape BET ON ME last year, Tommy Gunn has stayed relentless in 2023 with ‘Back In My City’, ‘Dancing In The Rain’ and his latest track ‘Sacrifice’. Produced by his brother 99hurts and Luci, the Hong Kong-born artist continues to carve his own lane of dance-infused trap singles. ‘Sacrifice’ is accompanied with a music video shot and directed by Navsrevenge, switching between professional dancers in the studio to Tommy and his mates turning up in a liquor store carpark. People really need to start recognising the run the Eora/Sydney hitmaker has been on since his 2021 debut.
ISADORA – WORSHIP ME OR DIE
Isadora continues to grace our ears and the Australian R&B scene with her fervent performance on Australian Made. When we’re talking about an R&B sensation from Sydney, it’s hard not to draw comparisons to Kehlani with her ethereal vocals and eloquent words. The Egyptian-born artist performed her profound single ‘Worship Me or Die’, the first track off her debut 6-piece EP Dear New Girl. It serves as a metaphor for her not accepting anything less than unconditional love from a partner otherwise the relationship will ‘die’. The performance clip for ‘Worship Me or Die’ is awe-inspiring; Isadora’s performance with her at the centrefold allows viewers to focus entirely on the message being conveyed, and get lost in the gorgeous melodic runs. The transportive harmonics, truth-telling poetics, and heartfelt delivery declare the fearless queen she is and stands for.
SMAK – SMAK TALK
Meanjin/Brisbane’s SMAK comes with energy and something to say on ‘SMAK TALK’, enlisting producer credits by one of Australia’s best, Nerve. SMAK attacks the track straight away, with a message to his peers and competition within the rap game, ever so fitting in accordance with the title. Setting the tone for what’s to come, he raps “they want that slick that smack talk, never had the keys so we coming in the back door.” There’s a lot going on production wise, but it’s a focused lane that SMAK takes up on this track, waving his braggadocio throughout the two and a half minute run time. Following his South Pine Road EP earlier this year, the new release is accompanied with a Ezy Mart set music video by Joey Bailey.
JAKEY KRUMM & MASON DANE – PROJECT X
Whether it’s a showstopping solo performance or incredible collaborations with local and global artists, every week Mason Dane has a new smash. The Newcastle-raised artist links up with another US artist, this time alongside 17-year-old Jakey Krumm on ‘Project X’. A true homage to college and university parties, the two vocalists sing about the “nights like these that we won’t forget.” In the music video, shot by Cam Videos in 48 hours, Krumm and Dane recreate scenes from the iconic 2012 film that inspired the track. ‘Project X’ marks the first collaboration between the pair but you can expect to hear more from them in the future.
Nezzy24s – BL@CKBOX
(Hannah Edmonds & Slippn)
Big stepper Nezzy proves that raw talent and skill is not confined to an age. Debuting new singles ‘Hard Knock Life’ and ‘Where It Started’ on BL@CKBOX, the 16-year-old Luton-born and Naarm/Melbourne-based rapper cements his status as one of the most promising young talents in the UK drill scene. Produced by TMK and AYP, the unapologetic artist reflects on his personal experiences growing up in Luton and the struggles of coming of age in the modern world. His raw lyrics, hard-hitting beats, and powerful delivery are accompanied by an intimate music video directed by Hannah Edmonds. With the first two heavy-hitting drops of 2023, the impactful lyricist hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down as he continues to make a name for himself within the AU/UK grime and drill scenes.