Jay Rock – “OSOM” (Feat. J. Cole) Video

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J. Cole & Jay RockThe past few days in rap music criticism have been consumed with conversations about Nas’ new album and JAY-Z and Beyoncé’s new album and the death of XXXTentacion. It’s been a lot, and it hasn’t left much room for conversation about the real rap album of the week: Jay Rock’s Redemption. More »

SZA – “Broken Clocks” Video

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Since her Ctrl album came out last year, SZA has become a star, which means that she’s getting the chances to make the same kinds of eye-popping music videos that her TDE labelmates usually get. And since pretty much every song on Ctrl seems to demand a music video of its own, it’s good … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2017

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In this space in past years, I’ve usually written about which music-video directors had the best years. It’s a variation of the auteur theory, as visionaries like Nabil and Hiro Murai have used artists as vehicles for their ideas and approaches. This year, though, it feels like the artists themselves who are driving things, and … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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We got a good Halloween album this year, but we didn’t get enough good Halloween video. There were plenty of good music videos this past week; they just weren’t Halloween-specific. I was looking forward to seeing more bands eaten by zombies or whatever. Try harder next year, music video directors! This week’s picks are … More »

Rich The Kid – “New Freezer” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video

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Kendrick Lamar has gone guest-verse-crazy in recent months, and the best song with a Kendrick feature might well be “New Freezer,” the track that Atlanta rapper Rich The Kid released last month. Today, we get a video for “New Freezer,” and it’s a fun one. The hyper-stylized clip features cars too fancy to function … More »

The 50 Best Music Videos Of 2016

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business, technology and office concept - smiling business team with laptop computers and coffee having discussion in officeThe music-video event of 2016 was easily the HBO premiere of Beyoncé’s Lemonade — inarguably one of the best albums of the year, and maybe one of the best movies, too. Lemonade was a leap — an indulgent artistic vision that could’ve easily fallen flat on its face and somehow instead transcended the music-video form, … More »

Lance Skiiiwalker – “Toaster” (Feat. ScHoolboy Q) Video

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Lance Skiiiwalker - "Toaster" (Feat. ScHoolboy Q) VideoTDE’s most eccentric, Lance Skiiiwalker, recently dropped his debut full-length Introverted Intuition out of the clear blue sky. It’s pretty fitting because dude’s head is pretty much permanently in the clouds. A song that reiterates that sensibility is the woozy, ScHoolboy Q-assisted marijuana ode “Toaster.” … More »

Lance Skiiiwalker – “Attraction” Video

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Lance Skiiiwalker - "Attraction" VideoThe enigmatic TDE sing-rapper Lance Skiiiwalker dropped his debut album, Introverted Intuition, out of nowhere a couple days ago. It’s a deeply arcane collection of songs that take you by the ear into the middle of a haze and leave you there to make whatever you want of it. One of the most abstruse … More »

Isaiah Rashad – “4r Da Squaw” Video

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Isaiah Rashad -"4r Da Squaw" VideoIsaiah Rashad just dropped his full-length debut, The Sun’s Tirade. The TDE Southern rep came correct with a varied mix of aesthetics — traversing several eras and regions of rap — that is still distinctly his. To coincide with the release of the album, he shares a video for its first proper song “4r … More »