NEW AUS VIDS: MATTHEW CRAIG, JEWEL OWUSU, DSP
Presenting our favourite adds to our 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. Here are a few of our weekly favs but there are thousands to watch in our Youtube playlist! Which video are you into this week? Slam the comments with who we missed…
MATTHEW CRAIG – LET IT BURN FT. JEREMY BENNETT
Matthew Craig unveils new single ‘Let It Burn’ featuring Jeremy Bennett and announces his debut project, Pass The Lighter Vol. 1. The Northside Melbourne figure has become a staple in the Australian hip-hop scene as co-founder of AUD’$ and a notably Burn City emcee. Over nostalgic 90s drums and piano runs produced by JUJO, Bennett assists the hook with his soulful vocals while Craig raps on “Bits of knowledge I wish I could share with my younger self.” The mob-cinema visuals encompass this sentiment with a young boy shadowing him throughout the music video by 76m Films.
DSP – FALLBACK
(Directed by Kev Blindside)
DSP delivers ‘FALLBACK’, an Afro-infused club anthem, as his first official single this year. Building off of his 2021 breakout, the Sydney-based artist featured on Jaecy’s Movin Groovin mixtape and recently shared an exclusive New Jupiter freestyle. Produced by DatsGrinny, Dombatheproducer, and Déjà Miru, DSP’s baritone vocals drive the infectious energy emanating from ‘FALLBACK’. He positions his Nigerian heritage at the forefront of his music, both through the sonic influence on the new release and the inclusion of the country’s flag and colours in the cover art and visuals. Directed by Kev Blindside, the music video includes appearances from Jaecy, Raf Receipt and more.
JEWEL OWUSU – AFLOAT
(Visualiser by Dylan Guy)
Melbourne-based artist Jewel Owusu shares ‘afloat’, her second last single for 2022. Following ‘American Honey’ and ‘ur not my friend’ with Mali Jo$e and NAMESAKE, the half-Filipino and half-Ghanian singer presents another ethereal solo performance. As Owusu immerses herself in the lo-fi pop production by Swimgood, she profoundly ponders “Will you love me when I don’t stay afloat?” in the single’s chorus. The visualiser by Dylan Guy sees Jewel laying on a cloud as love-heart emojis and pixelated fish surround her. While a mellower and more understated draw out of the R&B artists in Australia, Jewel Owusu dominates a unique space with her pop and indie influences.
INDIGOMERKABA – MAMA FT. GRCO
Indigomerkaba drops debut album Manifestation along with visuals to its most poignant moments, ‘Mama’ featuring GRCO. From Tupac to Ye, every great rapper has a song dedicated to their mother. As Indigo’s own, ‘Mama’ is produced by Nebs and guided by the powerful vocals of fellow Adelaide artist GRCO. The music video by Deeza blends his mother’s first reaction to the song along with footage and photos of the two. Through introspective themes and detailed storytelling, Indigo spends the majority of Manifestation proving his place in the top echelon of emcees. While ‘Mama’ may not be home to his most complex bars, it’s undeniably one of his realest releases.
SA!TXERO – DINERO
(Directed by Navsrevenge)
Sa!txero teases the beginning of a larger project with new single ‘Dinero’ released via IVRY Records. The Sydney-based artist makes his return after dropping a series of melodic trap singles throughout 2021. Produced, mixed and mastered by Sid Mallick, Sa!txero brings a barrage of energetic flows over the strings and drill percussion of ‘Dinero’. The dark and cinematic accompanying visuals are directed and edited by frequent collaborator Navsrevenge, who worked on previous music video ‘Ghosts’ and will likely be involved in more to come. As stated via his Instagram, ‘Dinero’ has officially ended his hiatus so we expect more to come soon.
BBGB – PERFECT TIMING
BLESSED, B-Wise, Kwame, Manu Crooks and Lil Spacely unite again as BBGB on their third offering together, ‘Perfect Timing’. Unleashing ‘Tough Love’ and ‘Knock Knock’ in quick succession, the Sydney-based collective have moved one step closer to their EP with this new release. B-Wise braves the hook between verses firstly from Kwame and Spacely, then BLESSED and Crooks. Shot vertically, the photoshoot visualiser showcases their fashion and stays consistent with the B&W visuals from previous works. While this take could change with every new release – Spacely is arguably having the favourable moments across them all.