NEW AUS VIDS: 360, TOKYO VENDETTA, KIAN & BECCA HATCH
Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best videos year-round 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…
JUWAN – VENT
Making his debut under Forever Ever Records, Juwan returns with a candid new single ‘Vent’. In his first appearance since his mixtape late last year, the Gold Coast raised rapper teams up again with Western Sydney multi-hyphenate SOLLYY for the production. Over piano keys and the chilled hip-hop beat, Juwan’s effortless flow carries his raw storytelling as he shoots “unapologetically straight from the heart”. Less is more for the music video directed by Tonyteni Taulaga, who captures him in the back of a ute as they drive around Picton. If you’re a fan of this, his Let The Story Begin… mixtape is one of the more underrated releases from 2022, check it out.
FROSTY – HER STORY
Frosty tells ‘Her Story’ of drug addiction, depression and suicide in his long-awaited latest release. The Naarm/Melbourne rapper presents his raw lyricism and stumbling but precise flow over slow-strung and atmospheric production by George Armstrong. The refined gutter rap track is his first single of the year following the handful of features on the colossally collaborative project The Roster by Slothy (who also mixes and masters ‘Her Story’). Co-directed and filmed by Brayden FunFilms, Frosty’s storytelling narrates scene by scene in the accompanying BODYBAGMEDIA music video.
TOKYO VENDETTA – TIMES UP (FREESTYLE)
(Purple Ape Films)
Hold the phone. Remember where you are as you read this. Because Tokyo Vendetta has arrived. “How the f*ck she from Australia yet rap like she from Brooklyn?” Two minutes of straight bars on this one-take, in-studio freestyle has us asking the same question. The production sounds like it’s straight from early 2000s Roc Nation, while the flow, presence, and punchline-heavy verse would make Remy Ma proud. Two days since ‘Times Up’, the Sydney-based kept her foot on the scene’s neck with its follow-up ‘Whoa’. Houston, we have a problem.
KIAN & BECCA HATCH – ALL OF ME
20 year-old regional Vic sensation KIAN kicks off his 2023 via a tasty collaboration with Kamilaroi talent Becca Hatch. Mixing pop, R&B and UK garage sounds, ‘All Of Me’ is full of youthful, upbeat energy as the pair display wispy vocal runs over delicious Lucy Blomkamp instrumentation. Bright colours and summer poolside antics are the backdrop for the engaging Matt Wilson clip. We could be in for a big year from the 2018 Triple J Unearthed High winner.
DEXTER SEAMUS & JIMMY HARWOOD – TRAFFIC LIGHTS
Dexter Seamus and Jimmy Harwood connect on their latest track ‘Traffic Lights’. Produced by Jimmy and Dom Cork, the Melbourne-based artists perform over warping synths and sporadic keys. With assistance from Brayden FunFilms and 76M Films, the fittingly coloured music video by Nick Rae brings together some of the 3k’s best videographers. While ‘Traffic Lights’ is Dexter’s debut single of 2023, it marks Jimmy’s first release since his collab EP +jimmy with BANTA.
360 – MIRRORED
(Blacklisted Visions & Aloshfilms)
On another bull run 15 years after his debut album, 360 reflects on his time in the scene through latest track ‘Mirrored’. The Melbourne artist is embracing his Jordan year off the back of two collaborative heavy hits with Gossling and Joel Fletcher respectively. Produced by Ty Beats, he now delivers the first of many videos as part of a new series, with his next single ‘The Truman Show’ already on the way. Released alongside the announcement of his tour in June, 60 and his new management company Lucky Ent and Teamwrk Records are wasting no time in 2023.