NEW AUS VIDS: YOUNGN LIPZ, SWIDT, POOKIE & KUZICH
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…
YOUNGN LIPZ – NEXT TO ME
Youngn Lipz pays tribute to his significant other on his newest track ‘Next To Me’. Produced by Colcci, the Sydney artist once again proves his pedigree as one of Australia’s best melody-maker. The latest release is his second track this year following ‘Amazing’, and proceeds his jam packed 2022 in which he dropped his debut album Area Baby. ‘Next To Me’ is a wholesome, somber song that embodies the simple things in life — something that becomes more and more appreciated amongst the chaos of Lipz’ everyday life. The music video by Noah Elijah is YL’s most personal, following him and his partner enjoying each other’s company around Sydney.
SWIDT – NOT 4 $ALE
Five-piece collective SWIDT announce their 2023 arrival with new single and music video ‘Not 4 $ale’. For their first track in eight months, the polished production and relaxed tempo raps sounds like it could be straight from Larry June and The Alchemist’s The Great Escape. Shortly after the release of ‘Not 4 $ale’ earlier this month, the Auckland-based group (with members including SPYCC, SmokeyGotBeatz, INF, Boomer Tha God, and JAMAL) shared the title track to their upcoming sophomore album Hocus Pocus. The accompanying music video, filmed and directed by Esta McCarthy, matches the track’s gorgeous aesthetic with overlapping coloured and B&W visuals of the crew driving around and breaking bread. NZ’s best boy-band is back.
JALMAR – MOROCCO
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Through captivating bilingual lyrics and seamless melodic transitions, Jalmar skilfully delivers palatable verses in his latest single ‘Morocco’. The accompanying visualiser showcases stylish shots of him enjoying a luxurious lifestyle, aligning with the track’s narrative of tasting exotic cuisines in Morocco with a girl who guarded her energy but couldn’t resist the seductive allure of his love. With his smooth and sultry vocals, complemented by lustrous trumpet sounds and a blend of Spanish and English, Jalmar effortlessly stands as a prime example of a young artist possessing remarkable and impactful talent. We eagerly anticipate the captivating journey ahead as this South American Loverboy continues to mesmerise our hearts and delight our ears.
POOKIE & KUZICH – FEEL IT IN THE BLACK
Multi-disciplinary artist Pookie boldly asserts herself with her witty and highly anticipated single ‘Feel It In the Black’. Making her comeback after a slight hiatus from the scene, she stays true to her trademark Pookie style with this bold statement piece produced by Kuzich. Recorded live at Melbourne’s Northside Studios, the nostalgic 90s-style record store setup sees this unique lyricist rap spoken word rap backed by R&B instrumentals. She delves into the societal dynamics where self-care is emphasised, contrasting with men’s predominant focus on sexual desires. Captured at the centrefold by Will Hamilton-Coates, she further showcases her narrative reclamation and the shift in power dynamics. Her poetic bars, always sophisticated and sharp, leave a lasting impact, leaving us craving more of her classy tongue-in-cheek sound.
INDIGHOST – ’94 RAIDERS FT. JIMMY PIKE & SHAKA J
On his first track in three years, Indighost enlists fellow Canberra heavy hitters Jimmy Pike and Shaka J on ‘94 Raiders’. Over shimmery hip-hop production by Delicasteez, the emcees deliver a homage to the country’s capital and their 1994 premiership winning NRL team. The track is paired with an animated music video by Tenth Dan who displays their cartoon counterparts backdropped by footage from the grand final. Marking Jimmy Pike’s first appearance this year, and following Shaka J’s Soul Tapes from April, ‘94 Raiders’ offers the first taste from Indighost’s forthcoming five track EP. Berra boys up.
DREDUB – ROLL WITH THE PUNCHES FT. JK-47
‘Roll With The Punches’ sees North Coast’s DreDub team up with one of the country’s most polished spitters, JK-47. After a solo hiatus that lasted over two years, DreDub ended the drought and has returned with a bang. The pair are meticulous in their approach, going back and forth to appreciate their grind and work ethic, and the mental challenges of believing in their dream over the Jay Orient produced beat. The music video shows them in the gym, with Dre as a fighter and JK as his cornerman. This duo has given us frequent songs together, but at this point we need a whole project from them.