Mac Miller : 100 Grand Kids (Official Music Video)

This video may have dropped nearly 9 months ago, but it was easily one of the best music videos of 2015 in my opinion.  Mac Miller has been in the rap game for quite sometime now, and like wine, he is only getting better.  He has come a long way from being easy mac with the cheesy raps.  To be honest, I was far from a Mac Miller fan when I first heard him in 2012.  Since then, he has really matured as an artist and made a lane for himself.  100 Grand Kids is track straight off his most recent album, GO:OD AM.

The video starts off with Mac Miller’s face rapping as the moon, to what we can only assume is a children’s play of Romeo & Juliet.  The juxtaposition of Mac rapping some questionable lyrics with a bunch of school kids is an interesting concept.  It is hard to not Mac after seeing how genuinely happy he is when filming with his posse of child actors.

When I first saw this video, I was not a fan.  I was annoyed by the play and thought it was a lame video… I misjudged this video terribly.  The first and second part of this track might as well be two totally different tracks but he executed it perfectly.

I am a huge fan of this song because of how the beat seamlessly transitions into one of the hardest verses of 2016.  It also pays homage to P Diddy & The Bad Boy : Bad Boy For Life (one of my favorite tracks of all time).  It transitions with Mac Miller leaving the theatre to the school parking.  Once in the parking lot, Mac doesn’t hold anything back.

The damp parking lot with the lighting makes an ominous vibe followed by some mad inspiration bars.  Whats more classic than an old school car hooked up on some crazy hydraulic lifts?  For anyone out there chasing their dream, its hard to not relate to this track.  My favorite, stand out bars were:

“Cause fools worried about a wave, I’m a NAVY seal
Come with me, I can make your life change for real
Always had a dream of stuntin’
It ain’t nothing unless we runnin’ sh**
Just a young motherf***** with a plan
Thought I was the man”

Be sure to check out Mac Miller’s other tracks here:

Website: http://www.haveagoodam.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/MacMiller
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/larryfisherman

 

 

Chance the Rapper : Angels (Official Music Video)

 

Chance the Rapper is one of the biggest rappers on the planet without an album or support from a major label.  I have always joked that Chance the Rapper is the superhero that Chicago needs, and after the Angels video my dream, came true.  In the video, Chance the Rapper is literally flying through the windy city.  This song was a collaboration among Chance and The Social Experiment and directed by Austin Vesely.  

If you know a lot about Chance the Rapper and his extracurricular activities, then you know how true the song title “angel” is.  Besides being a rapper, Chance has done more philanthropic acts for Chicago than people would think from a rapper.  Chance is more than just a musician, he is an activist that genuinely wants to improve the lives of people in Chicago.

“I got my city doing front flips,
When every father, mayor, rapper jump ship
I guess that’s why they call it where I stay
Clean up the streets so my daughter can have place to play.”

Chance started #SaveChicago in an effort to curve the constant violence in the city.  The campaign resulted in 42 hours without a gun related murder which really says something about Chicago.  In addition, Chance raised $100,000 to help improve technology in Chicago’s public schools.  I feel as though this song and video really embodies everything Chance has worked towards.  There are a lot of Chicago rappers that leave the city the minute they get a check but no Chance.  Chance is one of the most genuine and lovable rappers in the music industry today.  In fact, calling him a rapper is discrediting him, he is an artist with a vision and a plan to make this a better planet.

With Chicago’s staggering violence rate and poor conditions, Chance is a real outlier.  He constantly preaches positivity rather than promote violence like most of the music from the south side.  

My favorite scenes of the video where Chance rides on top of the Chicago Transit Authority train.  It was like Chicago gave Chance the key to the city for the music video.  My second favorite scene was the ending with the choreographed dancing between him and Saba.  Hip hop has become so dry lately, it is great to see actual dancing in videos rather than whole crew too intoxicated to move.  Chance the Rapper is a force to be reckoned with, and I believe he will accomplish a lot in his lifetime in both music and philanthropy.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/chancetherapper?lang=en
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/chancetherapper
Website: http://chanceraps.com/

Chavis Chandler : TLOTLB (Official Music Video)

This is a little bit of a throwback, but on Sept. 3 2014, Chavis Chandler released the visuals for his flame track, The Legend of the Leather Britches.  This track was produced by Stereo Symphony and shot / cut by Fresh Flix TV.  Ever since this came out, this has been my personal anthem and a great confidence boost.  This is the type of song that you listen to while working out or approaching that honey you have had your eyes on for a couple weeks.  

This video was shot extremely well, there are so many distinct scenes that all flow together seamlessly.  One of the most distinct scenes to me, is where he is rapping with nothing but a beautiful Michigan sky in the backdrop.  It really creates a drastic shot with such vivid colors.

My favorite scene, hands down is at 0:25.  If you look closely, there is an older woman smoking a cigarette in the background.  This left me with more questions than answers.  Who is this woman?! How is she in a rap video?  Why is she in a rap video!?  It is very rare in the hip hop world to see a rapper kicking it with a “distinguished” women in a music video.  It is a definite change of pace from the typical rap videos jam packed with video vixens.  

If The Legend of the Leather Britches does not get you amped up or feeling a little bit too confident, then I do not know what to tell you.  Chavis Chandler’s tightly worded lyrics accompanied by his melodic flows create a very pleasurable auditory experience.  This is the type of music you can crank up to 10, bump your head, and forget the world.  My favorite line is hands down,

“Chavis f***ing Chandler that’s my government name,
Nothing made up, no one made us,
b**** we bout to change the game
And i ain’t waiting on hands out,
I’m still gon get it.”

Every time I hear those lines, it sends shivers down my spine.  This is embodiment of true, genuine hip hop.  Hip hop has become a staple to today’s youth because it preaches messages of that independent, do it yourself spirit that anyone with a dream can relate to.  In the words of Kanye West, “Is hip hop just a euphemism for a new religion, the soul music for the slaves that the youth is missing.”

If you have ever met Chavis Chandler or seen him perform, he does not have a persona, he is simply just Chavis Chandler.  I saw him perform at The Pyramid Scheme over the summer and he is just as high energy in real life as he is in this video.  He gets real animated and active when telling a story nearly exactly like the video.  If you were a fan of this track be sure to follow Chavis Chandler and check out his other tracks.

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CHAVISCHANDLER/about
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/chopchophoe
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CHAVISCHANDLER

Skizzy Mars : I’m Ready (Official Music Video)

On March 11. 2016 Skizzy Mars debuted his official music video for “Im Ready” featuring Olivver the Kid produced by none other than Michael Keenan.  This previously unreleased track is fresh off Skizzy Mars debut album “Alone Together.”  The music video was filmed on the rooftops of NYC and directed by Daniel Regan.  The album dropped April 11th and has been on repeat ever since.  Having spent some time in NYC, this video really nails the New York Fuckin’ City vibe!

To anyone who hasn’t hear a Skizzy Mars song before, this is a great introduction to his library of music.  Skizzy and Olivver have collaborated before, on the track Time with G Eazy from “The Red Balloon Project.”  Their sounds flow perfectly together creating the perfect mood to vibe with some honeys.  I am praying for an entire collaboration project between them.  You can dance to this album in the club and stumble home to this album.  If you’ve ever been in love or had your broken (probably the latter) then there is no way you can’t relate to this.  If you don’t think about the girl that got away after this track, you’re missing your heart.

Alone Together is the harlem rapper’s first album.  This album encompasses all Skizzy Mar’s misadventures and heartbreaks into one catcy and melodic project.  Skizzy Mars can seamlessly switch from rapping to singing which is a great bonus when listening to it with the honeys.  This album tells a story of a lonely stoner looking for love while also avoiding in none other than New York City.

I have been a huge fan of Skizzy Mars since a friend recommended me “Douchebag” way back in 2012.  That song caught my attention immediately, creating a fan for life.  I even had the opportunity to see him in Lansing last spring.  It was his first headling tour in his career.  He has come a long way from “being G Eazy’s lil bro.”  Every single project Skizzy releases has gotten better and better.  He has really found a unique sound that no one can replicate.

This is only Skizzy Mars third video, Skiz has mentioned in previous songs how he feels about videos.
“I wanted people to hear me, way before they saw me.”
I find it interesting that an artist that has been around so long has so few videos.

Skizzy Mars is a great example of an independent artist making waves without a label.  With over 240,000 Soundcloud followers and 171,000 Twitter followers it’s obvious he’s got mad support.  Skizzy learned to use social media to gain momentum and fans rather than signing to a major label.  He’s been racking up a million views in less than 24 hours for the past year.  Seeing as he has his own label, Penthouse Music (PHM) the sky is the limit and there is no limit on his creativity.  Skizzy Mars believes that he has the potential to change the music industry and I have to say that he might just be that man.

 

Triple Threat Militia : I Need It Now (Official Music Video)

On March 29th, Grand Rapid’s very own Triple Threat Militia released their debut visual, “I Need it Now.”  This is the Triple Threat Militia’s first official music video.  This iconic video was directed by David Brooks & the video stars Shabazz, Prophet, and Tas the Rebel with a cameo from the whole militia as well.  Triple Threat Militia has definitely stepped up the visual game with this one.  With everyone making videos these days, they really set the bar on the production value and quality.

My favorite scenes in this video are Shabazz wilding out in the smoked out car.  There is also a long detailed story about the trouble shooting the smoke scene if you ever get the chance to act Shabazz.  The lighting with the smoke looked truly cinematic.  After talking with guys, they said they hauled a smoke machine all the way to the shoot.  They were not playing games on this video.  The beat flows effortlessly with the visuals, so there is never a dull point through the entire video.  With each location and scene, so unique and striking, it paints a picture of a day with the militia.

I cannot praise these guys enough. I met the Militia through Shabazz around August this summer and we’ve been collaborating ever since.  The Triple Threat Militia initially got their start performing in the underground punk / rock scene as the only hip hop group.  They were performing in basements and punk shows a couple years ago.  Nowadays, Shabazz is a regular opener and performer at the Intersection and won Mike G’s “Hip Hop Heavy Weights.” Needless to say, Shabazz and the Militia have been making a name for themselves in recent months.

Interestingly enough, the “party scene” was after a summer show at The Upper Room.  I was at their show at the Upper Room and after the show was over, we had an impromptu video shoot at our house.  It was half an after party and half a music video shoot.   There are a couple shots that made the edit and if you look really hard you may just catch ya boy in it! I am in the background in a black long sleeve when Shabazz raps in the house. I have always wanted a cameo in a music video, and I guess I can scratch that off the bucket list!

To other musicians and artists trying to get their name out there, I highly suggest you don’t skimp on the visuals and follow suit! Videos are everything and this video a testament to that!  You need to tell a story with the visuals that cannot be told with simply an audio track.  You need to paint a picture! That is enough preaching for one blog post.  If you enjoyed this video be sure to check out Triple Threat Militia in the links below.

Follow them here:

Triple Threat Militia:
https://soundcloud.com/triple-threat-…

http://www.vimeo.com/davbrooksiv