NEW AUS VIDS: ONEFOUR, ELSY WAMEYO, JADA WEAZEL

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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 music video are you into this week? Slam the comments with who we missed…

ONEFOUR – NATURAL HABITAT
(Matt Wilson)

Mount Druitt’s finest ONEFOUR enter 2024 in their ‘Natural Habitat’. This crew need no introduction, and they seem to know it, jumping straight into what fans want, with the first verse from Jemz over one of the group’s best beats since ‘Home and Away’. Centred around their ability and influence in the scene, the track tells a braggadocios story about just how well they are at what they do, with the hook stating “kickin’ in doors for kilos, not no motherf*ckin’ petty crumbs”. The visuals don’t stray from their usual style of video, different scenes of the boys rapping in the street, and warehouses, this time all separately, all smoothly edited together into a crisp high-budget production – because as audiences are increasingly aware, ONEFOUR do everything well, or not at all.

ELSY WAMEYO – UMVA
(Omoke Ogao)

Elsy Wameyo continues the build-up to her new album Saint Sinner with the bombastic ‘Umva’. The Adelaide-based artist has been known for her striking visual and music styles for years, particularly on her debut EP Nilotic. Over smooth self-production with booming bass and a drum beat that you can’t help but nod your head to, Elsy slides on the track with a veteran swagger, sounding polished as she moves between different flows. Directed by Omoke Ogao, the video has Elsy and the guys surrounding her dressed in black as she raps in several spots, with shot choice, lighting and effects all making for a distinctive visual to accompany the track. 

KAYPS, CALVIN BENNETT – BUON GIORNO
(Better Bread)

Boorloo/Perth’s Kayps returns with the bouncy collaboration of ‘Buon Giorno’ with Calvin Bennett. The two-time Unearthed High finalist has a rather impressive list of cosigns at only 18 years old, and his latest offering adds a surprising and welcome feather to his discography cap.  Usually working with a harder, speedy rap tone, best represented by his celebrated track ‘MIMOSA!’, Kayps opts for a more beat-prominent approach on this one, providing softer summery vibes and an effortless display of his ability. To go with the enjoyable tune is a bright MTV-style music video directed by Joel Baker.

OTIUH – DRUNKINSUMMER FT. ABRAHAM TILBURY
(al dente & Cesare Papa)

Otiuh link with Abraham Tilbury for ‘Drunkinsummer’, the latest addition to their hot streak of singles. The duo have spent the last couple of years carving out a distinct niche in the Australian scene, with their off-kilter blend of musical styles to make something uniquely their own. With ‘Drunkinsummer’, they bring a club influence into the mix over booming self-production that picks up the pace and the atmosphere as the song continues. As sounds fade in and out until becoming a fully formed club banger, Jahmiel spits with his usual laid-back style but there is a noticeable urgency in his verse. Abraham Tilbury’s airy hook forms part of the beat behind Cesare as he spits his verse that rises with the track before Tilbury’s outro with those same airy vocals. With in-house video direction, the video features Otiuh and Tillbury in simple locations with shot choice and colour making this video so visually impressive.

JADA WEAZEL –
(Killa Kreative)

Naarm/Melbourne artist Jada Weazel delivers her soulful dance track ‘Send My Love’. Jada’s profile has been rising in the last year, receiving praise for her luscious production and angelic vocals on her debut EP No Peace. She poetically sings about moving on from someone you know is not good for you, with Rudy Sandapa creating an endlessly danceable beat that keeps the track upbeat while complementing Jada’s emotion. Directed by Adam Saunders, the video has Jada Weazel as the centre of attention among dancers and models in a mostly blank set. ‘Send My Love’ is a groovy piece of R&B that doesn’t skip on the emotion, so don’t skip on this.

B WISE – HONEYCOMB
(YXNGDDG)

B Wise takes it back to the hive with his new single and music video ‘HONEYCOMB’. Following ‘CHAMPIONSH*T’, the Eora/Sydney artist provides exactly what you’d expect from him – a smooth delivery of celebratory raps over trap and R&B production by Chandler Jewels. Directed by YXNGDDG, the ‘HONEYCOMB’ music video shares visuals from an intimate live show at Alcatraz Sydney with appearances from Aztec Flow, Manu Crooks, and more. Having been in the scene for over a decade, and sticking with it all this time at a high level is a testament to the dedication and craft of B Wise.

Written by Declan Bailey & Aidan Knight.

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