NEW AUS VIDS: TKAY MAIDZA, MIC POMPEI, MS. THANDI

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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…

TKAY MAIDZA – WUACV
(Bel Downie)

Accompanying Tkay Maidza’s newest music video for ‘WUACV’ is a re-occuring theme throughout her career: if she’s gonna do something, she’s doing it to the max. A glimpse at her upcoming project entitled Sweet Justice, ‘WUACV’ (Woke Up And Chose Violence) is the third single following ‘Ring-A-Ling‘ and ‘Silent Assassin‘ with Flume. It’s a song that starts at full throttle and stays there for the full duration, with Tkay letting her dark side take over. The music video, directed by Bel Downie, finds her doing exactly what ‘WUACV’ encourages: choosing violence. Littered with worms, weapons, and uncomfortable camera shots all in B&W, this feels like Tkay’s ‘Yonkers’ moment.

MIC POMPEI & COLOURD NOYZ – SWERVE
(Yogabully)

Eora/Sydney rapper Mic Pompei and producer Colourd Noyz gear up for their upcoming project with their new track ‘Swerve’. Over Colourd Noyz’s haunting and hypnotising beat, Pompei drops classic gems about life on the streets with his off kilter delivery that gives his bars a ton of character. Director Yogabully follows the pair through Sydney with B&W visuals and uses some unique shot choices to give the music video the same intrigue as the track. Marking Pompei’s third release of the year, ‘Swerve’ will feature on his collaborative project 2000BC out on 14 September.

MS. THANDI – GET TO KNOW ME
(April-Rose Desalegn)

The talented Ms. Thandi captivates us with her first release of 2023, ‘Get To Know Me’. Produced by Chelsea Warner, this sensual track seamlessly combines futuristic pop and smooth R&B, showcasing Thandi’s unique flavour previously displayed on ‘Want It All‘ and ‘You Could Be‘. The official music video, directed and shot by April-Rose Desalegn, beautifully illustrates how a potential suitor can connect with her on a deeper level. The stunning visuals are set against diverse backdrops that perfectly complement Thandi’s velvety vocals. Heads up everybody, queen’s back.

RAJ MAHAL & BEDDY WHITE – WALK ON BY
(Jovian Ubukata)

Sydney based rapper Raj Mahal returns with his latest single ‘Walk On By’. Produced by Beddy White, the beat is brimming with soul and sounds like something you’d hear on A$AP Rocky‘s LIVE.LOVE.A$AP. Raj raps a pair of mammoth verses with a relaxed and confident delivery, spitting bars filled with deep introspection and expert wordplay. The music video, directed Jovian Ubukata, shows Mahal rapping in a picturesque Sydney alleyway interlaced with shots of the duo out and about in the city. ‘Walk On By’ is the first collaboration between Mahal and White, so let’s hope they’ve got more bangers waiting to be unleashed.

JEWEL OWUSU – B-DAY
(Dylan Guy)

Alternative R&B/pop fusionist Jewel Owusu brings all the 2000s nostalgia back with ‘b-day’. Owusu playfully invites us into the bittersweet dichotomy of pre-birthday emotions. With bright vocals, she blends happiness with melancholy amidst the traditional festivities. Filmed and edited by her go-to videographer, Dylan Guy, the music video showcases Owusu and friends celebrating her birthday in a neon wonderland, yet beneath the festivity, attire, and libations, lingers an enduring sense of unfulfilment. With eccentric graphics and addictive visuals, ‘b-day’ will always be a mood irrespective of the ambivalent narrative.

OSHUA – VEINS
(Rebecca McNamee)

Boorloo/Perth based Oshua releases the official music video for ‘Veins’. He’s been busy, having since released another two tracks since ‘Veins’ originally dropped on DSPs. The melodic rapper championed by Young Thug opens up about the pain from a failing relationship on his new track. Winning the Triple J and NIDA competition, the single is now accompanied with a music video directed by directed by Rebecca McNamee. From dramatic anime cutscenes and an overall feeling of a drug-induced dream, Oshua shows (once again), that he’s an artist who’s able to engage audiences in ways more than his music.

Written by Matt Slocum, Tahlia La Galia and Declan Bailey.

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