NEW AUS VIDS: NICO GHOST, JEWEL OWUSU, ROPS1

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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…

NICO GHOST – FOSHO’
(Jordan Devlin)

One of the AU’s biggest creative enigmas, Nico Ghost has blessed us with his first offering of 2023 in the mysteriously cool ‘FOSHO’. South African-born, NZ-raised, and now Sydney-based, the Ghost wears his heart on his sleeve reflecting on his inability to feel a sense of belonging among his peers. Assembling an all-star cast including regular collaborators Jordan Devlin on visuals and GXNXVS on production, Nico Ghost not only sounds and feels like a Playboi Carti-influenced alien, but slides in fresh fits among extraterrestrial locations. Stay tuned for the full-length project 4EVA due for release May 26th. 

ROPS1 – SILVER SPOONS
(Shot By Estevan)

Stripped from his latest album Music Saved Me, Rops1 shares visuals to ‘Silver Spoons’. The Macquarie Fields rapper reaffirms his position as the gutter rap prodigy, three years on since his debut project Youngest In Charge. Accompanied with a music video by Shot By Estevan, he reflects on his come-up and the hustle it took to bring him to where he is. Having sharpened his rap skills and Sefru similarly refining the production, Rops1 is still in charge. Music Saved Me includes previous releases like ‘Heartless’ and ‘Need Your Love’, as well as some new highlights like ‘Memories’ and this. 

JEWEL OWUSU – MY MIND FT. ELLA GILBERT
(Dylan Guy)

Jewel Owusu and Ella Gilbert connect on ‘my mind’, one of the two new releases from the Naarm/Melbourne-based artist. The two elegant vocalists grapple with their racing thoughts and substance use over the aqueous production by Dylan Guy, who’s also responsible for the music video shot on Super 8 film. The new two piece improves upon Owusu’s biggest year yet following a successful string of R&B and pop singles in 2022. ‘My mind’ also offers the first appearance of Perth-raised and currently LA-based singer Ella Gilbert this year.

HP BOYZ & LARISSA LAMBERT – TELL ME HOW
(Aaron Bull)

HP Boyz and Larissa Lambert work well together on ‘Tell Me How’ despite being an unexpected collaboration. ‘Tell Me How’ is a track for radio with its upbeat, happy vibe, and Larissa’s smooth hook paired with HP Onit and HP YJ‘s verses about love, sacrifice, and camaraderie. Shot in Townsville by Aaron Bull, it shows the amount of love the boys get from fans in 2023 in a year of change and adjustment for the duo. 2023 will be a big year, but regardless, they still have the streets’ love.

MELODY NAPOLEON & DENZEL LE GRAND – TIME
(Vision Production)

One of the catchiest drops of the year to date, Northside Melbourne creatives Melody Napoleon and Denzel Le Grand have combined for ‘Time‘, a unique fusion of House / Dance, R&B, and Latin / Afrobeats. An early pioneer of melodic drill domestically, Napoleon continues to innovate with his angelic falsetto floating on a pulsating instrumental which should ship direct to local club DJs. The visuals are clean. The vibes are up. And while the Honestly, Nevermind comparisons will naturally be drawn, make no mistake, this is the very top tier of the electronic / hip-hop crossover happening down under.  

BLESSED – INHALE EXHALE
(Matt Dempsey)

Blessed’s ‘Inhale Exhale’ is powerful. He dives into his coping mechanisms, reminding listeners and himself that in the midst of the hardest times, you need to stop, think, reflect, and take time for yourself. It’s peaceful and filled with hope, offering a vulnerable, comforting message, which is shown in the Matt Dempsey visuals. The video ends with Blessed hovering above a skyline, symbolising that tomorrow is a new day.

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