Saskatoon-based emcee Dayda Banks recently released his music video for the song “Thanataphobia” featuring DillyBat. Throughout the video we see Dayda Banks and DillyBat taking us to their favourite spots in what I’m assuming is their hometown of Saskatoon. The video itself is pretty simplistic, with Dayda rapping along to the lyrics while sitting at a bar with friends sharing drinks or walking through a local park. The simplistic theme works in this case because as the hook states, “This my life and I’mma show you how it goes, this my life and I’mma show you how I roll.” Dayda is just letting us witness a day in his life, it’s not necessarily the funnest life or even the most exciting video out there, but it does give us somewhat of an idea as to who Dayda Banks is as a person which, by the looks of the video, makes him seem like a really laid back, mild mannered and respectable guy.
The video is intriguing and the song itself will leave you wishing that this was not just a single. If you’d like to know more about Dayda Banks, make sure to read the interview we were lucky enough to conduct with him or you could just read the full video breakdown after the jump.
This Behind the Beat concept by The Drum Broker is pretty cool. Producer extraordinaire Jake One breaks down how he put together the beat for Chance the Rapper’s “Acid Rain,” one of the best beats off Acid Rap. For those unfamiliar with Jake One, he’s worked with a veritable who’s who in hip-hop (Snoop Dogg, G-Unit, T.I., De La Soul, Freeway), including many of Rhymersayers’ best emcees (Brother Ali – with whom he made the incredible Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color, Slug, and Evidence). If you were a fan of Acid Rap and like creation process of songs, you’ll enjoy this. Watch below.
Canadian Hip Hop phenomenon Shad released the video for the song “Remember To Remember” featuring Lights off of his latest album Flying Colours. The name of the album is quite fitting because there are a ton of vibrant, colourful, flashing lights throughout this whole video. I think having the addition of Lights helped to steer this music video in a direction that we have never seen Shad in before.
On the whole, this was an entertaining music video and even more importantly an amazing song in general. For more on Shad, make sure to read our interview with him. Read the full video breakdown after the jump.
This has to be one of the most creative music videos I’ve seen in a while. California heavyweights Evidence and Alchemist (together known as Step Brothers) recently released the visuals to “Step Masters” in anticipation of their upcoming Lord Steppington album, and in the video, the two compete against each other in a number of different challenges, including everything from playing air hockey to seeing who can catch the biggest fish. Their debut collaborative album is set for release on January 21st, 2014, through Rhymesayers. Check out the visuals to “Step Masters” below.
TDE stays winning. SZA, the recent addition to their roster (along with Isaiah Rashad), teams up with 50 Cent for “Teen Spirit”. Although I liked 50′s maturity on this track, it was SZA who really captured my heart. The dreamy beat gently complements SZA’s dreamy, melancholic crooning while 50′s presence anchors her meandering and lost soul. The video also explores this concept, with SZA drifting through a dilapidated, empty house that symbolizes her life. She is almost completely dependent on a dominating male figure to provide her life with some meaning or context and she hates herself and everyone because of this and inevitably pushes them away. She clings on to her childhood/simpler times (shown by the Nerf gun scene in the bathtub). She puts on many different fronts hoping that someone will accept one of them but beneath the veneers is just a cold emptiness.
Modern relationships in a nutshell. What y’all think?
A$AP Mob recently dropped the visuals for “Trillmatic,” the first single and video from their forthcoming EP, L.O.R.D. Directed by Jonah Schwartz, the track also features A$AP Nast and Method Man. In the video, the collective stroll through the streets of NYC before connecting with Wu Tang Clan’s Method Man. The song brings back memories of 90′s Hip-Hop by offering gritty lyricism and raw production provided by A$AP Ty Beats. A$AP Mob will be releasing their compilation album on March 4, 2013.
It’s always an interesting experience watching a music video that has a lot of thought put into it as well as a story line. Any musician can create a music video of themselves in a room lip syncing along to their lyrics, but it’s a completely different case when musicians take up the acting role and introduce us to a story.
Wale decided to take this route with the song “Golden Salvation (Jesus piece)” off of his album The Gifted which was released June 24th of this year. The music video starts off with a pastor giving his sermon to church attendees, but the environment quickly changes and the camera becomes distorted, as though we are looking through Jesus’s diamond eyes on a chain pendant. We are introduced to a young black man who leans over a counter studying his newest Jesus piece. After the purchase we are introduced to this man’s life through the eyes of the Jesus piece. We see that this man is a recording artist who cherishes his religion, but not enough to keep himself the from temptation of his unmarried relations.
I don’t want to ruin the whole video because watching this is almost like watching a movie, and I know better than to give away the endings in cinema. However I will say this, the owner of the Jesus piece runs into some problems on account of his shiny pendant and Jesus gets placed into the wrong hands. While listening through the song, people might not grasp the concept that Wale’s first verse is in the perspective of Jesus and that’s why I find this video fascinating and unique, because it forces the viewer to see through Jesus’s perspective instead of just assuming we know what Wale is speaking of.
The main message behind this song to me is that even though entertainers might be able to spend a ton of money on their religious pendants, it does not necessarily means that they are higher spiritual beings that the rest of us. Anyone can be religious and they do not need an expensive chain to show for it. Check out Wale’s “Golden Salvation (Jesus Piece)” visuals below.
This came out of nowhere. The Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar secret meetings haven’t really been much of a secret as of late but it’s still a great surprise any time the public is given a sneak peek into the workings of this undeniably great team. In this commercial for the aesthetically questionable Beats Pill, Dre and Kendrick are working on what sounds like a straight up banger. Dr. Dre proves once again that he’s the god of on-point drums and Kendrick (unsurprisingly) snaps on the track. Listen/watch below.
He gives us what we need; it may not be what we want
Mr. Kanye West. Let’s take in that name for a minute. What does it mean to you? What do you see in your head when you think of this name? Some people see the genius behind The College Dropout and Late Registration who lost his way. Some see an arrogant prick. Some are wondering why we should even care about him and his antics. I see one of the most daring and misunderstood minds of our culture.
To say Kanye is a controversial figure is a massive understatement. The guy can’t seem to open his mouth without polarizing audiences. After the recent PR debacles at Sway’s Universe and The Breakfast Club, a lot of people had their preconceived notions about Kanye being a total douchebag confirmed. Some of these confirmations manifested themselves in the world outside of social networks, with the turnout at his recent Kansas City date being embarrassingly small. But as I perused Youtube comments and tweets, another thing become increasingly clear: a great number of people became convinced that Kanye is actually a genius; something he has been proclaiming from the start of his career. This, along with the fact that Yeezus has surprisingly landed on a lot of people’s “Best of 2013″ lists (after being called Ye’s worst album when it came out), tells me that the world is finally realizing Kanye’s incredibly bold thought process.
I promised myself before writing this post that I wouldn’t get up on my soapbox and preach to the world about Ye’s genius. And I won’t have to. A few days ago, I found a surprisingly intimate Kanye interview on Vimeo. I’m not talking about a Zane Lowe level of intimacy either. The interview, conducted by Tomas Koolhaas, allows us to sit back and let Kanye speak his mind about design, inspiration, innovation, failure, being pigeonholed, and the creative process. I used to think Kanye was the most unfortunately inarticulate artist in interviews but he has proven me wrong once again. I’m very interested in what people will have to say about this so please leave a comment below.
mndsgn has been a key player in the beat scene for a minute. Since 2009, he’s been putting out records and doing/hosting Boiler Room sets but it seems like 2013 is really when it kicked off for him, with the Danny Brown collaboration and the release of his best work (and one of my favourites of 2013): Breatharian. When a video was announced, I became (physically) excited because a) it was the first mndsgn video and b) I was curious to see the music be given another dimension of expression and creativity. I was not disappointed.
The video is split into 2 parts, connected by the beautiful protagonist, Laura Song. The first part, “Hiking”, perfectly illustrates the melancholic aimlessness of waking life, interspersed with flashes of what it could and should be. The second part, “Fif Dim”, plays out like a psychedelic club jam. Bouncy and floaty, the beat is personified by Laura as she sways to the beautiful rhythms of music and revelry. The overlaying geometric and swirly patterns hark back to her wishful thinking in the first half. As the song draws to a close, she is finally in her element. She is finally free.
Today is the day we have been waiting on! Sese’s second album of the year, Sayzor Ramone is finally out for all to hear! If you missed it yesterday, The Come Up Show did a track by track review of the album, and not only do we get Sayzor Ramone today, but Sese also dropped a fresh new video for track number three, “Light It Up” featuring Hardbody, produced by UTVMG producer, Jmakbeatz. Directed by So Tee Oh, this flashy video with images appearing randomly, all fit together with different shots blended in brings life to the song, giving it that live performance feel almost. If you haven’t heard any of the album yet, “Light It Up” is more than enough reason for you to go purchase the rest, it’s only eighth dollars! I have the hard copy and I’ll still go get the digital just to have both. Especially if you’re a fan of WWE, Sayzor Ramone is for you! Take in “Light It Up” featuring Hardbody and go get that album!
Purchase: Sese – Sayzor Ramone