Music Videos

Aug
11
Video: K. Michelle – ‘Damn’

K. Michelle

Bad romance. K. Michelle falls for the wrong man in the dramatic video for “Damn.” The “Love & Hip Hop” star finds out that she’s being played, but she still can’t let go of the relationship.

“I just want him so bad that I take what he’s giving,” she sings.

The video features scenes from “K. Michelle: Rebellious Soul – The Musical,” premiering August 19 at 10 p.m. on VH1. Directed by Idris Elba, the “hip-hopera” includes eight songs from her album Rebellious Soul.

Watch love get the best of K.

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Aug
11
Video: Fences f/ Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – ‘Arrows’

Fences

The rise and the fall. Macklemore chronicles his journey in the cinematic video for “Arrows,” the lead single from Seattle artist Fence’s upcoming debut Less Oceans.

Directed by Jason Koenig and award-winning photographer John Keatley, the visually-stunning clip was shot in Seattle over the course of a week.

“From a day dream to a warehouse. This is video is my entire aesthetic embodied,” said Fences’ Christopher Mansfield. “I lost a friend and found love and was killed by an arrow. I hope you all get lost in the world we built.”

Macklemore added, “This music video was our baby. And we raised that baby. We put hella time, love, and energy into that kid of ours. Dozens of all-nighters and studio sleep overs to make sure that kid was the best it could be before we put it out into the world, gave the kid some shoes and told our child to run. Run into the world. Show them who you are. You deserve to be free, baby.”

Lesser Oceans arrives October 14.

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Aug
11
Video: Rae Sremmurd – ‘No Flex Zone’

Rae Sremmurd

After spawning remixes from Juicy J, Pusha T, and Nicki Minaj, Rae Sremmurd gives its Mike WiLL Made-It-produced anthem “No Flex Zone” the visual treatment. The Mississippi duo, comprised of Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee, gets a visit from Mike Epps, who tries to flex on them in his Ferrari. That’s when they activate the no flex shield.

They invite their friends over for a house party and cruise down the block in an old school BMW while keeping the posers away.

Signed to Mike WiLL’s EarDrummers label, the young MCs are readying their Sremm Life EP.

Enter the “No Flex Zone” below.

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Aug
11
Video: DJ Khaled f/ Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, & Jeremih – ‘Hold You Down’

Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, Jeremih, and DJ Khaled

Just hours after the song hit iTunes, DJ Khaled rolls out the video for “Hold You Down” starring Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, and Jeremih. Shot in the Hollywood Hills, the Gil Green-directed clip is a tribute to the ladies who hold it down for their men. Breezy salutes his ride-or-die chick, while Future puts his lady in the Bentley truck.

But it’s Khaled who steals the show with his acting skills.

“You’re smart. You’re loyal. You’re grateful. I appreciate that. Go buy your mom a house. Go guy your whole family houses,” says the We the Best chief as he hands his girl stacks of cash.

Watch Khaled’s Oscar-worthy performance and look out for his upcoming album I Changed A Lot, due this fall.

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Aug
11
Video: Lupe Fiasco f/ Ty Dolla $ign – ‘Next to It’

Lupe Fiasco

Place your bids. Lupe Fiasco hits the auction block in the materialistic video for “Next to It” featuring Ty Dolla $ign. The Chicago MC auctions off products, from cars to microwaves, but the goods don’t sell themselves. As soon as one of the scantily-clad models poses next to the item, the bids start soaring.

Lupe’s fifth album Tetsuo & Youth is due later this year.

Watch Lupe share his commentary on culture.

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Aug
11
Video: Lil Wayne – ‘Krazy’

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne has lost his mind. The Young Money boss unleashes the wild video for his Carter V single “Krazy.” While wearing a strait-jacket, Weezy is dragged through an insane asylum in the Colin Tilley-directed clip, which was inspired by the 1975 film One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

“This is the first video from Carter V. It’s not about anyone being crazy, although I guess some people think the things I do are crazy,” said Wayne. “I thought the idea of being in a strait-jacket would work for this song, so that’s what we did.”

Tilley added, “We talked about putting Lil Wayne in a psych ward and I definitely took some inspiration from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, just as far as the look and feel for it. It’s more of the psychological trip that Lil Wayne’s going through in this place.”

The song is set to appear on Tha Carter V, due later this year. Just last week, he debuted his new single “Grindin” featuring Drake.

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Aug
6
Video: Destructo f/ YG – ‘Party Up’

YG

Fresh off his set at HARD Summer, Destructo teams with YG in the debaucherous video for “Party Up.” In the cinematic clip, the L.A. producer-DJ and Compton MC hijack a party bus and a raucous night ensues, complete with girl-on-girl action, pole dancing, and plenty of scantily-clad women.

Destructo is gearing up for the release of his West Coast EP. He and YG will both play the Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on August 30.

Buckle up for the wild ride.

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