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[Video] Manicanparty – Rebels in the Light

Manicanparty is a new group that I’m really excited about. We’ve featured them a few times on Sunset so far, first for their production on Oncue’s mixtapes and more recently with their own solo stuff, and now we get a new music video for their single “Rebels in the Light.”

Their music has a really interesting, ambient undertone to it that combines beautifully with their eclectic rhythms and singing.

I think they have incredible potential as a group–it will be interesting to see what direction they take their music in, because I don’t think it would be a difficult stretch for them to go in an increasingly poppy direction to find serious success.

For now, though, enjoy the music video and keep your eye out for this promising new duo.

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[Video] Oncue – Rich Kid (prod. Brenton Duvall & CJ Luzi)

Very, very rarely do I ever find myself blown away, or even truly impressed, with music videos nowadays. Rich Kid, directed by Adam Ross, is an exception to that.

When I first heard the song, I wasn’t particularly blown away. But this video brings it all together for me and makes me realize just how important this song is, how real Cuey’s words are.

The visuals are stunning, both due to on-point framing and incredible after-effects treatment.

The best quality of this video is that it accentuates Cuey’s emotions, brings out the straightforward honesty in his words and works to further his point–it is not simply a cool looking visual accompaniment to the song.

It’s more than that.

I never was a rich kid, but best believe  I’m dying one

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[Video] ASAP Rocky – Goldie

A$AP Rocky just dropped the much anticipated visuals for his new Hit-Boy produced single “Goldie.” I’ve been pretty disappointed with the quality of popular hip hop music videos (with the exception of anything Jason Goldwatch has touched), but I was really pleased with this.

The video depicts Rocky and the A$AP mob rolling through Paris and their native Harlem. Rocky easily has some of the best fashion sense in the game right now. He’s rocking Raf Simmons, Jeremy Scott, and Martin Margiela at various points throughout the video, and it’s cool seeing a rapper with his style rocking some of the most refined fashion houses.

This song is easily my favorite song right now, it’s been tough recently to listen to anything else, and this top-notch video makes it all the better. Seriously crispy visuals and I love the framing of the shots, especially the driving shots throughout Pareee. Enjoy.

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[Video + MP3] Radical Something – You Feel Amazing

We’ve been rolling with the crew of Radical Something since they first started, and it’s always great to get new material from them. They’re a unique group, fusing together hip hop, pop and acoustic roots into their very own sound.

They recently released their video for You Feel Amazing directed by @JoeBusy_, which chronicles what it’s like being on tour for them. They’ve been killing it on the road, and I suggest you go to see them live if you ever have the opportunity–I have yet to be able to do so myself, but I’ve heard nothing but great things.

Check out the video below, and download the free MP3 while you’re at it.

Radical Something – You Feel Amazing || Download

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[Video] OnCue – Kinda Late

Wow. Going into this, I was excited because this is one of my favorite OnCue songs and I knew that it would be Just Blaze’s directorial debut. Needless to say, my expectations were huge.

Shockingly, the finished product blew my expectations out of the water. This is just too good.

Cuey told me they’ve been sitting on this for a couple months as it was filmed a long time ago, and finally decided the time was right to drop it.

Initially, Cuey was going to play the lead role, but his creative director Adam Ross played it as the team decided he was better suited for the role. I don’t know if he did a better job than Cuey himself would have done, but he definitely kills the performance.

The great thing about the video is that it isn’t just visually really well done–well framed shots, crispy pixels, one beautiful bit of facial hair–it’s got it all.

Cuey killed it, Just killed it, that beard killed it.

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[Video] Radical Something – Wash Away

After their recent success with their “No Sweat” EP release, released on 2/26, which reached #6 on the iTunes Overall Albums charts and #11 on the Billboard Heatseeker Album charts, California’s  Radical Something is back at it, releasing a new video.

The California trio of Loggy on the rhymes, Josh Cocktail on the pipes, and Big Red on the beats has already begun working on over 15 new tracks in their home studio at the RadPad in LA. “Wash Away” is the first release of the new tracks.

The video was directed, shot, and edited by JOEBUSY, and I really dig the mellow vibe of the visuals and the music.
You can catch Radical Something on the No Sweat tour–check for dates in your area here!

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[Live] Yasiin Bey in Paris

Yasiin Bey Mos Def recently made a stop at Parisian radio station Nova Radio to promote his upcoming show with Talib Kweli in Paris.

I’ve never seen Mos Def live, but he is easily one of my favorite emcees and it is clear from these videos that his live shows must be amazing. Just look at how he rocks “Sunshine Screwface” over a beautiful Dilla beat…the guys personality and charisma ooze through that fat red microphone. Plus the man just has indubitable style, almost Kanye level on that tweed jacket.

But I digress. Below are three videos of him performing at Nova, first Sunshine Screwface, then a “Quiet Dog” freestyle, and finally Niggas in Poorest.

Yasiin goes hard. That name though? Not sure it’s gonna stick. Sorry Mos.

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[Sponsored EP] Radical Something – No Sweat

The guys from Radical Something have been waiting for this moment for a long time–and, if you’ve been following their music, so have you. Today, we are proud to be sponsoring the release of their new EP, “No Sweat.” It’s been great seeing them progress over the past year or so, and the trio of Loggy, Josh Cocktail, and DJ Big Red has really been working to curate a sound that is uniquely their own.

Along with an exclusive stream of “Waterfalls,” one of the best songs off of the EP, we also have a video of the guys themselves providing some background on Waterfalls and the EP in general.

Waterfalls in many ways showcases what’s great about Radical Something–Josh Cocktail shows off his unbelievable voice, Loggy goes in hard with some heartfelt verses, and Big Red produces a really cool, unique instrumental behind it all. The emotion Radical Something puts into their music is tangible–you can hear it, and you can feel it. To me, that’s the best thing about their music, how much they care about it, how strongly they believe in it, how deeply they feel it.

Some of it, as you would guess from their discussion of the EP in the video above, is melancholy or stressed out.  But the overall tone is perseverance, maintaining a “No Sweat” attitude no matter what challenges or struggles may come your way. “You Feel Amazing,” while definitely having a theme of lost love at the core of the song, is a perfect example–even while it talks about missing a girl, it retains an upbeat, catchy attitude throughout.

There’s a little bit of everything here. Catchy, hooky guitar riffs are found on “Valentine” and “You Feel Amazing,” “Say Yes” almost turns into a club banger at some points, while “Acid Rain” is more of a laid back, pensive track.

Overall, Radical Something has put together a really great, versatile project.

Today, head over to iTunes to support Loggy, Josh, and Big Red. More than that, though, head over to iTunes to support talented, heartfelt, independent music. That support will cost you less than $3. Tell me that’s not a steal.

“No Sweat” on iTunes

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[Video] Hodgy, Domo Genesis And Tyler, The Creator- Rella

So it’s safe to say Tyler and the guys from Odd Future are pretty damn stoked about this video–Tyler’s been mentioning for days that it’s amazing, and leading into it today he said that it’s the best work he’s ever done. So, when Kanye West tweets your “Yonkers” video saying it’s the best video of 2011 and you go and say “Fuck that video, this is the best shit I’ve ever done” ya know, sets some pretty damn high expectations.

So yeah, big expectations. And then to say that your video ought to get you to the level of Spike Jonze? Hmm. This must be good right? (PS, too many tweet screenshots…doing it anyway. Fuck it.)

So this one’s going to be big. Still haven’t actually watched it yet…we’ll get to that later in the post. But anyways, to preface the video for those of you unaware, this is the first music we will hear from Odd Future’s upcoming OF Tape Vol. 2, a collaborative effort from the rap collective. We’ve seen pictures of Tyler with Pharrell, Kanye, etc. so it should be pretty crazy to see what they release as the first single. Also, the possibility of hearing new, polished music from Earl Sweatshirt (not that shitty “Home” he released the other day…sorry Thebe, that just doesn’t cut it for me) is really exciting to me. Oooohhhh the possiblities.

I’m going to watch the video now! Yippee.

Oh, wow. This is absurd and extraordinary, in a way only Odd Future can ever be. Absurd as in Tyler is a centaur and extraordinary as in “goddamn that production is unbelievable and Hodgy, Domo and Tyler, the Centaur just killed that.”

In terms of this being the first single, I couldn’t be more excited to hear what I’m hearing and see what I’m seeing. Odd Future has progressed, certainly, but they have not changed what makes them them.  They are still Odd, and their music is still the future of hip hop.

Ludicrous video–shouts to Luis Perez on the camera and Tara Razavi with the production, and of course the glorious Wolf Haley with the direction.

Question–how do they cast people for roles like this? Like “your daughters got the role! They’re going to play Hanky Panky and then Hodgy is going to ejaculate a lazer on her and turn her into a cat! It will be great and really advance their careers, I promise!”

I’m not sure this touches Yonkers, but I love this. Can’t wait for the album to drop.

Money in my pockets like I’m 45, Hodgy Beats recording live

March 20!

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Radical Something – “Valentine” Music Video, Acoustic Video

Radical Something is back at it again, this time with their “anti-Valentine’s Day” song. Valentine’s Day seems to be a really polarizing holiday–for those in strong relationships, it’s a great day to celebrate your relationship. For those who have recently gone through breakups, it’s a pretty tough day to deal with as you’re constantly confronted with thoughts of your ex.

For Radical Something, this is about all of them having to leave significant others in order to pursue music full time, a struggle a lot of artists (and everyone, really) has to face at times throughout their life.

Along with the official music video, they provide us with a video of the acoustic version, which, in my mind, might even sound better.

GOT DAMN Josh Cocktail has pipes is the first thing I thought of listening to the videos–DJ Big Red comes up huge with the production, and Loggy, as always, lays down a couple smooth verses.

They have a new EP, “No Sweat,” set to drop in the near future, and stay posted for SITR for everything Radical Something as we will be working with them extremely closely with the release of their new project. We’ll have exclusive videos, drops of songs, behind the scenes footage and photos…all of it.

#NoSweat

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[Video] Rick Ross – Yella Diamonds

Bawse. Rugged.

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Wiz Khalifa’s Bing Commercial

Here’s Microsoft’s new Bing Commercial, featuring Wiz Khalifa.

I was surprised to see Microsoft go with a spokesperson such as Wiz for their brand, but hey, can’t say I’m not a fan.

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