Posts Tagged ‘video’


You had to have known this was strategically designed architecture… architecture that only I have the Pinkprint. Nevertheless, you took the bait.

The queen isn’t ready to give up the crown just yet. After much anticipation, Nicki Minaj is hitting fans with a double feature of visuals for latest singles “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz.”

“Chun Li” pays homage to its Street Fighter namesake with some of the martial arts elements, but retains a sadomasochistic feel via Nicki’s revealing spike and leather-clad outfits.


While “Chun Li” is to remind rivals that she’s ready for war, “Barbie Tingz” is a throwback to the zany, Beam Me Up Scotty era Nicki. Still, you’ll note some very clear shots in the opening bars. On another, Nicki’s hips deserve their own zip code and National Treasure status.



Who says the young guys don’t appreciate their music history? The Migos and Drake pay homage to Soul Train with their new video for “Walk It Talk.” This is one of those tracks where a good, fun video really goes a long way to enhance its appeal. And as much flack as some modern emcees gets for their fashion choices, this is a good reminder they’d fit right in during the 70s and early 80s.


Kendrick Lamar and SZA capture the dignity and beauty of black culture in the stunning visuals for “All the Stars.” In the various scenes, Kenny takes on an “anointed one” role as he literally navigates over a sea of followers and later holds court as a street leader of a Trenchtown-style neighborhood. SZA’s presence is more mystical as she navigates through the stars as a distant observer. You’ll notice the elegant, larger than life presentation of the black women as gatekeepers.

The Black Panther OST hits streaming outlets on February 9.

[Video] Dave East ft. Nas – “The Hated”

Posted: January 17, 2018 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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For his latest video, Dave East looks back to 2017’s Paranoia EP for a tale of friendship, murder, and betrayal on “The Hated.” The 10-minute clip tells the story of two hustlers named Anthony and Cory. Once close friends, their bond is forever altered by the unforgiving realities of the streets.

Dave East’s latest body of work, P2, is available on all streaming outlets.

[Video] Eminem ft. Beyonce – “Walk on Water”

Posted: December 24, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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The creative process is agonizing. From the self-doubt to writer’s block and fan expectations, Eminem lays it all bare in the video for the Beyonce-assisted “Walk On Water.” The reception was mostly negative when the audio dropped a few weeks ago, but the visuals, which show Eminem trying to find that creative spark in desolate conditions, aptly conveys the pressure Em goes through with every album. Which persona do I use this time? More accents? Am I too old for “Slim Shady” Eminem? It’s reminiscent of Nas’s “Book of Rhymes” and Em finds his inner confidence in the final classroom setting (“Bitch I wrote Stan!”).

Revival is available now.

[Video] Rapsody ft. Lance Skiiwalker – “Power”

Posted: October 28, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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“The power of the spirit makes the old heads holler.” Rapsody and Lance Skiiwalker muse on the many levels of strength in these new visuals for “Power.” Unfortunately, Kendrick couldn’t make the video so his part was cut. However, you should still be satisfied as the video jump for beautiful images of power (children growing, women celebrating each other, man working out/sparring) to some that are more destructive (guns, alcohol self-medication etc.). Rapsody’s excellent Laila’s Wisdom album is available now.

[Video] Mya Returns with the Sensual “Ready for Whatever”

Posted: October 20, 2017 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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We missed you, Mya. The veteran singer is jumping back in the spotlight with her new sultry visuals for “Ready for Whatever.” The song is in the vein of what you’re hearing on the radio these days, but it’s executed well. If you listened to this blindly, you’d assume you’re hearing a new or younger artist (I’ll concede that may be a bad thing depending on your musical tastes).

Mya is just one year removed from her Sweet Jones EP. Do we have another project on the way?