English singer-songwriter George Ezra has had an incredibly successful year. The 22-year old songwriter seemingly came out of nowhere and stunned the world with his strikingly big voice. His triple platinum album, Wanted on Voyage has yielded hits “Budapest” and “Blame it on me”. For his latest single, “Barcelona”, Ezra has created a stunning music video in which he is seen performing the track in the middle of a rainforest. The clip was shot at the Eden project in Cornwall and was directed by Ben Reed, who has worked with Blur and Placebo, watch it below.
Bugzy Malone – “Pain”:
In recent months, Bugzy Malone has taken shots at the likes of Chip and built controversy and hype around warring and clashing, he then followed that up with hard hitting freestyles across the internet, including the memorable Daily Duppy and Behind Barz sessions, now the Manchester rapper is celebrating the release of his brand new EP Walk With Me with a brand new video for one of the tracks off the EP titled “Pain”.
Bugzy continues his buzz on the streets with the heart felt track “Pain”. Bugzy is never one to shy away from his feelings, this time he is back and bears his soul to his fans, painting them a picture and giving them a hard hitting insight into his thoughts and emotions. Do you feel Bugzys pain? Watch the video below, and buy his Walk With Me EP here.
Rayven Justice – The Cassette Playlist (Mixtape):
After dropping some bangers such as “Hit Or Nah” or “Moved On”, R&B artist from Oakland, Rayven Justice returns with a new mixtape, called The Cassette Playlist. DJ Charisma, a Young California DJ, is hosting the project, which consists out of twelve tracks and quite a few guest appearances from the likes of Keyshia Cole, French Montana and Iamsu. Production-wise, DJ Mustard, Jazz Lazer and some more helped out. Listen and download the mixtape here.
Joe Budden – “Broke”:
New Jersey rapper Joe Budden, one quarter of hip-hop super-group Slaughterhouse, today released the second single from his upcoming fourth album. “Broke” is taken from the album All Love Lost, which is scheduled for release on October 9 through eOne Music. This will follow 2013’s No Love Lost, and last year’s seven-track EP Some Love Lost. The track premiered on New York radi statio Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning yesterday (July 20). You can stream the single below.
2 Chainz – “Watch Out”:
In the last few months, it has been pretty quiet around rapper 2 Chainz. However, now he is back with “Watch Out”, the first official single off his upcoming mixtape Trapavelli Tre, to be released on August 13. Over a Fki-produced sound that contains some strong piano chords, the hip hop artist is warning his haters to better ‘watch out’ (“Watch out, lil’ b**ch / You gettin’ mad, b**ch / I’m gettin’ rich”), and doesn’t give a damn about his girl suing him (“Shorty say she want five million / Cause I told her to leave and called her a thot”). Listen to it here.
Post Malone – “White Iverson”:
Up and coming artist Post Malone already dropped his single “White Iverson” back in February, and until now it has reached an incredible amount of listeners, about 17 million to be exact. The track even made it onto Jay Z’s summer playlist on Tidal. Yesterday (July 18), the singer premiered the Van Alpert-directed music video for his successful hit on MTV. In this one, he hits the desert in a white Rolls Royce and sings his heart out, as well as being equipped with a white basketball. Watch it here.
Dâm-Funk – “We Continue”:
Modern-funk superstar Damon Riddick, better known as Dâm-Funk, has unleashed a new video for his latest track “We Continue”. The single will be released September as part of Riddick’s long awaited third studio album Invite The Light, a follow up to 2009’s Toeachizown. The vocalist has however been busy between releases, recording a collaborative album entitled 7 Days Of Funk with Snoop Dog’s alias Snoopzilla in 2013. The record ranked on HipHopDX’s list of the top 25 albums of 2013 and received praise from critics. You can check out the new video, which was directed by Jeff Broadway below.
Avelino – “M.O.E (Money Over Everything)”:
One of our picks of the last week comes by the way of North London rapper Avelino. “M.O.E (Money Over Everything)”, the first release from his F.Y.O project now has a visual to its name. Released earlier this month, the track “M.O.E” samples Wretch 32’s historic SBTV F64 session, the official video to the track was premiered on Link Up TV earlier this week and is just as good as the track.
Avelino, who recently received praise from the likes of Etta Bond and Jacob Banks, said about “M.O.E” in a recent interview with Complex: “‘M.O.E’ is a song that, hopefully, you can turn up to but lyrically, it’s me admitting that I’m aware of our ignorance but it’s just the way it is”. Avelino has been enjoying an eventful year thus far after laying some necessary foundations with the release of his Iconic Ambition mixtape at the back end of last year. Could we have another legend in the making?
The highly anticipated video sees a small extract of Wretch’s classic F64 at the beginning of the video, before then switching up to Avelino spitting his bars on a carpark rooftop. The delivery and flow is impressive, demonstrating the talent and ability that this young man from Tottenham has, you can clearly see similarities between him and his musical influences in Wretch 32. Look out for Avelino’s forthcoming mixtape F.Y.O and check out the video for “M.O.E” here.
Words by Lisa Matlin, Kenny Leavett, Antonia Künzel, Sam Bennett and Kieran Harris