Here’s a list of the best mainstream and international videos of the week, in my opinion. It consists of music by Bunji Garlin, Tarrus Riley, BlocBoy JB, and much more.
Bunji Garlin – Big Bad Soca (Remix) featuring Shenseea (Submission)
Recently debuted at the Trinidad Carnival show, Bunji Garlin and Shenseea has unleashed the fiery remix of the groundbreaking Caribbean record, “Big Bad Soca”. The video shows women dressed in traditional garb, dancing with famed choreographer, Blacka Di Danca. Check out the updated direction by Tom Swindell. According to the information I have, an official video will come out soon.
Tarrus Riley – Grave Yard (Personal)
The Jamaican star gives the song the visual it deserves. Starting off with young men in a boat, you’d think he was living a clean life. However, the lyrics to the song says it all. What the fishermen’s friend feared, happened. Watch the chilling video for the record below.
Busy Signal – Stay So (Personal)
You’re never the same after you date a Jamaican man. I mean that in the most respectful way. The amount of passion they speak with is hilarious and admirable. Check out the raw video. I haven’t stepped foot on the island’s soil, so I don’t have my account yet of what it’s like there. However, I’d like to think Busy Signal leaves little to the imagination concerning what occurs in the streets of the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean. Watch until the ending. You’ll understand why it is important to never underestimate women.
Popcaan – El Chapo (Personal)
How could you not fall in love with the Saint Thomas Parish, Jamaica-bred vocalist? Popcaan has an endearing voice that will make anything sound sweet—even if it is about evil men and murder. Watch the cinematic video for “El Chapo” below.
Leikeli47 – Attitude (Personal)
I can hear all of my friends screaming ‘Go off’ right now. Watch the attractive man, sometimes in high-heel boots, clear the room. Leikeli47 is known for making bubbly pop records consisting of edgy lyrics, with dance themes. “Attitude” is a mood. Kelis is God, so is Beyoncé, Don’t you ever forget that.
Trippie Redd – Dark Knight Dummo featuring Travis Scott (Submission)
Trippie Redd, Canton, OH recording artist, teamed up with Travis Scott for the gory “Dark Knight Dummo”. I think to release such a video five days after the Parkland shooting is brave as hell, but it is what it is. Nonetheless, I think the song is catchy and if our President has it his way—this is an advanced look at what our country will be.
Ms Banks – Come Thru (Personal)
Back at it with a new video for “Come Thru”, Ms Banks gives us several looks for The Fanatix-produced track. It’s a party. Join the fun with the South East London recording artist.
Yxng Bane – Corner featuring Maleek Berry (Personal)
Hearing Yoruba words that I grew up hearing and saying in a pop song makes me relate to the song on another level. As far as the other lyrics of the record, it begs that you do not snitch. No matter what. Leave it to the streets to influence the rest of the world.
Towkio – Symphony featuring Teddy Jackson (Personal)
Towkio gets on it with several women in his new video for “Symphony”. The Chicagoan artist has experimented and progressed as an artist over the years. I remember seeing him perform for the first time at SXSW with Chance the Rapper in 2015. On a personal note, he appears to be gaining weight. It looks good on him.
On another note, I wonder what HXLT is doing these days.
BlocBoy JB – Look Alive (Personal)
The shots on the court with Drake and the Memphis, Tennessee newcomer BlocBoy JB are lovely. I could watch the “Look Alive” video all day. It makes me laugh and smile.
Mc Fioti, Future, J Balvin, Stefflon Don, Juan Magan – Bum Bum Tam Tam (Submission) (Bonus)
Do you want to know something? “Bum Bum Tam Tam” was sent to me via email. I agreed to premiere the audio, but I never heard from the person again. We, as human beings with communication backgrounds in the industry, have to get better at communicating. Anyway, the song is attractive. Stream the audio for the Latin rap track below.