NEW AUS VIDS: LIL SPACELY, MAWULI, GUILD
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…
NOOKY – OCTOBER 14
Nooky responds to the disappointing referendum result with new track ‘October 14’. After playing Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’ on a continuous loop for the entirety of his Blak Out show on Triple J, the Nowra artist releases his own Indigenous protest song. Speaking on ‘October 14’, Nooky says “This is not for yes, this is not for no. This is for me. This whole shit got me torn, anxiety and adrenaline through the roof.” The accompanying night time-shot music video is nothing flashy, with the track’s focus remaining on Nooky’s powerful lyricism and activism, as well as the upsetting ‘No’ result.
LIL SPACELY – DANGEROUS
“After 10 months in lockup I found freedom within. I stripped away all the useless layers and shredded down to a laser focus on what really matters – family, health and self-expression”. These are the words that West Sydney rapper Lil Spacely leaves us with before his first tune in nearly a year. Over sparse production that gives Spacely room to drop lines full of wit and wordplay, he also makes it clear that his time spent incarcerated was not in vain and has given him the motivation to only go harder for himself and those he cares about. Directed by VisualsbyRazak, the music video shows Spacely the moment he was released being embraced by his daughters and friends forcing us to focus “on what really matters.”
MAWULI – RICH GIRL
Eora/Sydney R&B artist Mawuli sees dollar signs on new single ‘Rich Girl’. Following her return to the scene on ‘All I Need’ featuring Nes Afara earlier this year, she’s back with a hypnotic and understated release. Over bubbly production by Sowdy, Mawuli adopts the sparkling Beyonce aesthetic complete with the same assertive lyricism and honeyed melodies. Directed by Lucca Barone-Peters, the music video finds her in fashion photoshoots and luxury shopping, living out all her rich girl fantasies that are slowly but surely turning to reality.
MATTHEW CRAIG – SHIT THAT I’M ON
(You Do You Productions)
More times than not, people seem to forget what hip-hop is all about and the braggadocios, “I’m Him” sentiment gets lost at times. That’s unless you’re Matthew Craig, then it’s your duty to remind everybody who you are. Produced by dimslim, ‘Shit That I’m On’ serves as the first single from the second volume of his Pass The Lighter series. Directed by YDY Productions, he embraces significant moments from his career in music and media thus far, such as interviews with some of Australia’s and the world’s best, live shows, pool parties, and Hennessy. Lots of Hennessy. With more headline shows on the horizon, a tape dropping soon, and undoubtedly more culture shifting moments on the horizon, ‘Shit That I’m On’ flexes a resume better than the 95%, and serves as a reminder to come correct.
GUILD – GIMME UR LOVE FT. BAYANG, SEVY, UNCLE KAL & GRASPS
(Murli & Kalanjay)
Made up of Sevy, Bayang (tha Bushranger), Uncle Kal and Grasps, GUILD unveil their debut track ‘Gimme Ur Love’. The Eora/Sydney artists join forces for an abstract hip-hop offering, breathing fresh air into the scene. All distinguished emcees individually, the emcees unite to slide over the soulful and garage-influenced instrumental. Directed by Murli and Kalanjay, the glitchy and imaginative music video follows the quartet protecting a plant through the streets of Burwood and features appearances by Justine Youseff and Nerdie (1300). Their collaborative EP will be released on 19 October, don’t let this one slip by you.
OX4ORD – VISIONS
A member of Melbourne’s Hy-Lo Creative Studios, OX4ORD‘s new single embodies the aesthetic and feeling that you get whenever Hy-Lo releases. Somehow, the vibe is always right, as shown on ‘Visions’. Shot by Dylan Guy, OX4ORD stands tall in the colourful Naarm autumn, preaching a positive, self-reflective message about relatable struggles such as finding your place in the world. “That shoulder chip that you carry with, it’s written all over your face, keeping you stuck in your place. Say that you’re living your truth, but pray you ain’t stuck in your ways” echoes before an impromptu HOV comparison. ‘Visions’ is something you can ride to, and with backdrops of the city, it’s reminiscent of a timestamp record for Melbourne.