NEW AUS VIDS: KOBIE DEE, KAIYA, ZOO JAMES
Our weekly picks from the New Hip-Hop Videos From Aus playlist; as always, highlighting the latest and best music 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…
KOBIE DEE – STATISTIC
Gomeroi/Wodi Wodi artist Kobie Dee commands attention with the timely lyric video to ‘Statistic’. Renowned for his powerful and compelling lyricism, Kobie articulates bold truths over an initially simple piano loop by Jaytee Hazard. A beat switch swings the track in a more personal direction, with him chronicling his own experience as a First Nations person before finding cause for optimism in his culture and history. Paired with a lyric video by Elliot Grancha with artwork by Oumoula McKenzie, ‘Statistic’ serves as a rallying cry for justice. Sovereignty was never ceded. Always was, always will be.
ZOO JAMES – SOLDIERS
(Park Avenue Media)
Zoo James, the king of balancing bars and his melodic ability, returns in 2024 with new track ‘Soldiers’. Planned as the first of many for the year, the Naarm/Melbourne artist continues his hot streak of singles from last year including ‘Ride Or Die’ and ‘Only One’. Parkavenuemedia’s visuals depict him in the middle of a suburban gang conflict, moving to a booming piano-led beat while looking as if Sons Of Anarchy was filmed in North Melbourne. Visually and vocally refreshing without reinventing the wheel, ‘Soldiers’ is a prime example of how Zoo James repeatedly outputs tracks that are both smooth and gritty, without seemingly breaking any sweat in the process.
KAIYA – BLUE MOON
Kaiya continues to grace our eyes and ears with a stunning blue-themed visualizer for her latest single, ‘Blue Moon’. Celebrated for her mesmerising vocals, the Naarm/Melbourne born artist showcases her talents flawlessly in this new release. Against a backdrop of soulful keys and melodies expertly crafted through her own production, Kaiya paints a portrait of a woman who prioritises consistency and respect in her relationships, refusing to indulge the fleeting desires of a man who only seeks her company when it suits him. Directed by Antonio Milevcic, the accompanying visuals are a seamless match to the transcendent vocals and overall energy of the track, bathed in shades of blues and whites that complement the song’s ethereal essence.
INDIGOMERKABA – 5PM IN SYDNEY
Indigomerkaba delivers his first single of the year with the sombre and introspective ‘5pm in Sydney’. After a big 2023 with the release of his Bushido sequel, the Tarntanyangga/Adelaide based artist has wasted no time picking up where he left off. Taking a leaf out of Drake’s timestamp series, Indigo raps over production from Nebz using expert wordplay and punchlines to retell his own struggles, frustrations with industry, and his ultimate legacy as an artist. Directed by Slippn, the music video fittingly and pensively captures him near two of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks.
THE KID LAROI – HEAVEN
Global superstar The Kid LAROI dives yet again into his crooner side with the reflective single ‘Heaven’. Off the back of his latest project THE FIRST TIME, the Sydney-raised artist continues to display his emotional side similar to tracks like ‘Where Does Your Spirit Go?’ Accompanied with an x-ray style looping visualiser, the artsy B&W, camcorder footage blends with the sonics of the track without distracting from the story of the lyrics. Speaking on the track, LAROI took to Instagram to say “it’s about evolving and leaving the past behind. changing the way you once thought and perceived the world. growing up!” A beautifully strong and nuanced track, this one that will give you chills to hear sung with a crowd one day on future tours.
GOOBSY – 24 TOMMY
(Top Rope Footage)
Adelaide’s next big name Goobsy shares ‘24 Tommy’ as a teaser to his Brunch sequel. Produced by frequent collaborator Kirby, Goobsy boasts his confident raps over vocal sample chops and lush hip-hop drums. ‘24 Tommy’ is equipped with a beachside music video by Top Rope Footage, with Goobsy in all black from the bucket hat to the Mog.Y merch tee. Throughout the track, he details his focused mindset and hunger for success since young, motivated by his final line: “That lad put a gun to my head on that cold night, so maybe this is my life flashing before my eyes.”