Music Video Roundup: DJ Khaled x Demi Lavato, Chloe x Halle, Twelve’Len, AUGUST 08, Khary, Lil Reek, Ycee, MC Bravado, Tobi Lou x Smino, Cezur
Featuring exclusive footage from “A Wrinkle In Time” and other fictional worlds.
DJ Khaled, “I Believe” feat. Demi Lovato
While DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato are currently keeping busy on tour, they couldn’t let their demanding schedules get in the way of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be included on the upcoming soundtrack for A Wrinkle in Time. The pair’s new collaboration, “I Believe,” was made exclusively for the movie, with the accompanying visual beautifully juxtaposing clips from the Ava Duvernay-directed film with an open field and various nature scenes, further alluding to the fact there are endless and glorious possibilities when you just believe. Plus, there are plenty of Khaled-ism’s thrown in the mix for an extra dash of positivity.
Chloe x Halle, “Warrior”
Chloe x Halle were also tapped to contribute to the soundtrack for A Wrinkle in Time, happily creating an original song titled, “Warrior.” The new music video, directed by Matthew A. Cherry, shows the Grown-ish stars showing off their incredible voices, weaving in scenes of perseverance from the film and an artistic interpretation of the song alike.
Twelve’Len, “Heaven is Only a Planet Away” feat. JK the Reaper
Twelve’Len returns with a new visual directed by David Wept for his track “Heaven Is Only A Planet Away” featuring JK The Reaper. Of the song, the Florida artist explained in a statement, “‘Heaven Is Only a Planet Away’ is my favorite song from Friends and although we’ve moved forward from that release, I feel bad neglecting it without a visual.”
AUGUST 08, “Funeral”
88rising and Red Bull Records artist AUGUST 08 has released the video for his debut single, “Funeral,” helping to better introduce the fast-rising Los Angeles artist to his growing fanbase. In addition to dropping the new Scott Cramer-directed cut, AUGUST 08 also debuted a new interactive site, (Say It To Me Now)https://sayittomenow.com/, encouraging fans to anonymous leave a message for someone as an opportunity to “embark on a journey” by “making amends with one’s past.”
New York City-based artist Khary shares a lighthearted visual for his track “Wifi,” during which he wonders about trading in a life of rhyming for one of beekeeping. The track is set to appear on his upcoming project, Captain, which is currently slated for an April 6 release.
Lil Reek, “Rock Out” feat. Brodinksi
Atlanta rapper (and student) Lil Reek has teamed up with acclaimed French DJ/producer Brodinski for his latest, with the accompanying visual showing an inside look of a day in the life of the high school senior. “Rock Out” marks the first single from Lil Reek’s upcoming EP, Graduation.
Ycee, “Say Bye Bye” feat. Eugy
Nigerian artist Ycee is currently buzzing with his latest release, “Say Bye Bye,” featuring Eugy. As the track garners upwards of 125,000 streams and counting on Spotify, it was only fitting to release a music video offering a trippy and cinematic glimpse into the creative mind and chaotic world of the UK-based artist. Ycee’s sound draws from his Nigerian roots, while weaving in elements of afrobeat, hip-hop and trap, with his new visual a perfect example of how he draws from his own experiences to tell a story, even though a disclaimer does warn that, in this instance, the characters are fictional.
MC Bravado, “Homegirl”
Baltimore’s MC Bravado has shared his latest, with the visual offering his interpretation of the track, “Homegirl,” which features the song’s main character falling in love with a young homeless woman and in turn, helping her back on her feet. The touching message is accompanied by an important call-to-action, with Bravado encouraging fans to donate to the charity included in the video’s description.
Tobi Lou x Smino, “TROOP”
Chicago artist Tobi Lou and New York-based director Glassface’s latest collaboration is already in the running for Music Video of the Year, and remember, it’s only just March. The new visual, accompanying the Smino-assisted track, “TROOP,” is a mixed-media offering that brilliantly brings Tobi Lou’s imagination to life. Let this one do the talking for itself, it’s definitely a must-watch.
Of his new visual, Brooklyn artist Cezur explains how his track “Stonesthrow” is “part of a larger story in which I feel like I will reanimate my life story.” Throughout the Jawney Quest-directed cut, which was produced by 58th & FAIR Studios, the 23-year-old spits hard truths, as a complex story involving his world seemingly falling apart (or coming together) comes to light once the smoke clears.