NEW AUS VIDS: JK-47, OTIUH, MOG.Y & BENNY ZENN
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…
MOG.Y & BENNY ZENN – WEST HOLLYWOOD
(Keiren Baber Wilson)
Mog.Y and Benny Zenn give us their crown jewel in ‘WEST HOLLYWOOD’, securing their spot as one of 2023’s best rapper/producer pairings. Coined as a ‘break-up/make-up/walk-away and wake-up’ anthem from the heart, Mog’s distinct vocals dance across Sydney-based Zenn’s production, complemented by the musicianship of Garnett Glaeseman on trombone and Jimmy Harwood on guitar. The LA-noir style music video by Dynamic Visuals finds the Naarm/Melbourne rapper turn from sweetheart to stalker with a guest appearance from Misfit Minds’ Enschway. Mog and Benny’s stacked catalogue this year has featured the likes of Shadow, Isaac Puerile, and Mali Jo$e, but ‘WEST HOLLYWOOD’ might top them all.
JK-47 – GOOD FEEL
Alongside his sophomore album Revision For Regrowth, JK-47 shares visuals to ‘Good Feel’. Produced by his right hand man Jay Orient, the Indigenous artist reflects on his come-up and commitment to the craft on the second track of his new project. Filmed and edited by FEVER Media, the music video compiles footage from the last three years, spanning various cities, studios and festivals across Australia with appearances from Allday, Adrian Eagle, and more. JK-47’s debut Made For This was one of 2020’s standout projects, and it’s safe to say he’ll be returning to most AOTY lists in 2023.
ECB – GET THE MONEY UP FT. NERVE
(Joey Bailey & Nerve)
ECB drops ‘Get Your Money Up’, alongside Meanjin/Brisbane’s Nerve for their third single of the year. Brothers Chiggz, Nate G and Will have established themselves this year as one of the best groups in the country through their BIGSOUND performance and previous releases ‘For The Taking’ and ‘By The Way’. The visuals for ‘Get The Money Up’, directed by Joey Bailey and Nerve embody Australian hip-hop: from the POSSESHOT reference to the BBQ in the sunshine. Both acts have been on an incredible run recently, making ‘Get The Money Up’ an explosive combination of two forces within the Australian scene.
JAAL – GUALA FT. MALI JO$E
New visuals for the steezy interstate collab ‘Guala’ shows two of Australia’s premier emcees. Pulled from his sophomore album You Only Die Once, South-east Melbourne favourite Jaal has no problem effortlessly switching flows over the steezy bounce of OGK’s production. Never losing his pacing, Jaal passes it to Boorloo/Perth rapper Mali Jo$e who continues his run of killing every verse he touches this year. The music video by Dylan Guy shows the guys in spots through Melbourne, basking in the sun’s glow as they cruise down the Yarra with Jaal’s subdued but catchy hook inducing your head bounce till the very end.
OTIUH – GONE FT. CHARBEL & DREA
The artistic direction of Perth duo Otiuh has been second to none this year. As one of the more unique acts in the scene at the moment, their love for blending genres and finding new flows continue on their latest track ‘GONE’. Over self-production that gives a funky blend of hip-hop and Latin instruments, the pair spit about love and loss with sung vocals from Charbel and Drea to give the song a heap of added emotion. With group member Cesare Papa handling the visuals, the boys can be seen in and around a garden bed of roses like any good love song. With 2023 winding down, let’s hope that Otiuh keeps the 6k heat coming.
CHURCH – JUAN FT. ENO
‘Juan’ by Church and ENO may be one of the cleanest songs you’ll hear in 2023. If you’re familiar with Church, (one half of Church & AP), it’s not shocking to hear more of his vocals transport you to a cloud, as he sings his way to future legendary status within the New Zealand music scene. Directed by Burundi native and now Auckland local Frandson Bahati, the visuals tie the song together with grainy visuals honing the aesthetic of the song home. Arriving after Spring ‘21, his solo project debut in June, ‘Juan’ only adds to an impressive solo year for the Auckland based artist.