NEW AUS VIDS: MIKO MAL, ARIG, KEITH KUGO

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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…

MIKO MAL – #ONLINE
(Cam Serpell)

If you thought Miko Mal would drop a music video and not rep Melbourne, check yourself. Continuing the momentum after last months ‘Erling Haaland (Eted Adab)’, Mal solidifies himself once more as the hottest rapper in the country. As usual, he doesn’t mess around on ‘Online’, establishing his presence on the mic from the first bar, and letting his personality and charisma shine. Taking a note out of Drizzy‘s book, Mal sits atop various landmarks and high-rise buildings throughout Melbourne in the Cam Serpell-shot visuals, overseeing the city that he has on puppet strings with each release.

TAKTIX – GET AWAY
(Zacobro)

New Wave‘s Taktix is back with his third solo release of the year ‘Get Away’. Quickly growing into his own as each of the New Wave members have both individually and collectively, Taktix continues to prove why he’s one of the most watched up-and-comers in the country. The new single combines everything Taktix shines in: catchy hooks, hard hitting verses with witty lines, an impeccable flow, and clean visuals. That’s the M.O, and it works every time, especially when combined with visuals from ZacoBro who captures Taktix and the New Wave members posting up in Melbourne sneaker store, Leerdo. He’s proven to intimidate with an aggressive drill track, or get you out of your seat at the BBQ to dance, now kick your feet up and vibe out with ‘Get Away’.  

ARIG – HIS NATION
(Cleo Baldwin)

ARIG arrives in 2023 with unbreakable confidence on her latest single ‘HIS NATION’. Following her R&B offerings from the last few years, the Eora/Sydney based artist invites more pop and hip-hop influences into her new sonic era. Directed by Cleo Baldwin, the auto shop set music video is inspired by the gatekeeping she’s experienced within the music industry and sees her living out ‘what if’ scenarios with the same aggressive energy. It’s been five years since her debut EP, and if ‘HIS NATION’ is any indication of Arig’s artistic growth, her next full-length project will be one to tune into.

KEITH KUGO – ON MY MIND
(Keith Kugo)

Keith Kugo moves one step closer to the final chapter of his CURIOSITY EP trilogy. We introduced you to the multi-hyphenate artist earlier this year after the second instalment, and he’s since shared ‘SYNC’ and his new single ‘On My Mind’. Evident now more than ever, the Adelaide based singer and rapper has nearly perfected an addictive and unique blend of R&B, hip-hop and electronica. His artistic vision continues through the trippy aesthetics of his music video, in which he’s credited as the director, editor, VFX artist and more. Having only debuted last year, Keith Kugo is fastly becoming Adelaide’s next big creative. 

GOOBSY & KIRBY – AUSTRALIAN ME
(Terrace Co)

Here’s another rising artist we introduced you to earlier this year, if you’re not following us on Instagram yet it’s not too late. On ‘Australian Me’, Goobsy embraces authenticity and effortlessly slides over the soulful hip-hop production of fellow Adelaide artist Kirby. Following ‘Dirty Dancing’, the nostalgic rap track is stripped from the pair’s project Brunch, set for release Friday 29 September. The music video for ‘Australian Me’ adheres to the song’s raw energy, with him rapping to camera in shots from the backyard to the back of the car. This is Goobsy’s favourite track off their upcoming project but safe to check it out and make that call for yourself. 

KENNYON BROWN, DJ NOIZ & DONELL LEWIS – ISLAND GIRL
(Myka Alesana Stanley)

One of the best R&B pairings in the country, Kennyon Brown and Donell Lewis have consistently given us summer anthems for years. They’re back, just like they never left with ‘Island Girl’, an ode to their culture and roots. Shot in Western Samoa by Myka Alesana Stanley, Donell shows off his two daughters and pens his verse to their mom Kennyon talks about seeing the world but finds nothing compared to home and the women from there. Taking us to the motherland, the scenes are stunning and they both portray the infectious positivity that radiates from anywhere in the Pacific, letting listeners know what it’s like to visit and be apart of their welcoming culture. 

Written by Frank Tremain & Matt Slocum.

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