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The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

If anything big came out on Thursday evening, you’ll note that it’s not on this list. I wrote this yesterday afternoon, as I am now on a plane to Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival. If you see me there, say hi; I’ll be the tall guy. Even without any late-breaking additions, this was a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 17, 2015 - 11:54 am

Boosie Badazz – “I’m Sorry” Video

Boosie Badazz’s new album Touch Down 2 Cause Hell, the first album he released after serving a lengthy prison sentence, is a triumph in a lot of ways, but it ends on a note of regret. “I’m Sorry,” the song Boosie chose to end the album, is a mea culpa, with Boosie apologizing to all… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 13, 2015 - 3:26 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I’m sorry, guys, but I think the new Björk video is pretty boring. I was all set to love it, but I don’t love it. It’s not on this list. There were plenty of better videos that came along in the past week, and five of them are below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2015 - 12:02 pm

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Juicy J – “Ice” (Feat. Future & A$AP Ferg) Video

Yesterday, we heard “Ice,” the new conspicuous-consumption anthem from Three 6 Mafia veteran Juicy J. It has a beat from Mike Will Made-It and verses from Future and A$AP Ferg, and it’s kind of a banger. Now, it’s got a video, too. In the clip, we see all three rappers, along with Mike Will, shrouded… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2014 - 11:32 am

Jeezy – “Me OK” Video

When I was in New York a few weeks ago, I ended up at a listening party for Seen It All, the new album from Young Jeezy (or, as he’d now prefer to be known, just Jeezy). I happened to be wearing all black that day, and Jeezy told me I was “G’ed up.” If… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 4, 2014 - 2:25 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This column is a weird one because the quality of music videos tends to vacillate wildly from week to week. Some weeks, there are just no motherfucking good ones, so I have to go hunting through K-pop blogs to find something to fill out the list, or where I consider throwing a late-night performance into… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 28, 2014 - 4:10 pm

YG – “My Nigga (Remix)” (Feat. Lil Wayne, Rich Homie Quan, Meek Mill & Nicki Minaj) Video

There’s a classic format for an all-star rap remix video, one that probably comes from the classic Hype Williams clip for the “Flava In Ya Ear” remix: All the rappers, collected in one place, filmed in black-and-white against a stark background, projecting as much personality as humanly possible. Somehow, it works every time. Case i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 21, 2014 - 10:41 am

Joey Bada$$ – “My Yout” Video

In the video for “My Yout” from the new Summer Knights EP (not to be confused with the Summer Knights mixtape from earlier this year), Joey Bada$$ and collaborator Maverick Sabre traipse around St. Lucia, appropriate for a song built on syncopated island riddims. Motion Family directed the clip, which is a vibrantly colorful take… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 30, 2013 - 2:32 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were too many music videos this week. I had to devote a huge chunk to yesterday afternoon just watching all the ones I’d missed. And worse, there were too many good ones. How is anyone supposed to process all these entertaining music videos? It’s fucked up. When a K-pop boy band makes a music… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 1, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Jackie Chain – “Parked Outside” (Feat. Bun B & Big K.R.I.T.) Video

Motion Family’s new video for Jackie Chain’s Alabama trunk-rattler “Parked Outside,” like the song that accompanies it, works as a celebration of tricked-out ancestral American automobiles. As rap videos go, it’s not exactly revolutionary, but Motion Family know how to film the usual rap-video scenes with a narcotic sort of atmosphere that fits the track… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2011 - 4:56 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Not the most inspiring set of videos this week. Work harder, everyone! There were a few good ones, though, and we’ve got them listed below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2011 - 5:26 pm

T.I. – “I’m Flexin'” Video (Feat. Big K.R.I.T.)

Even though he produced the track, Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T.’s vocals barely appear on “I’m Flexin’,” the strong new comeback single from the just-out-of-jail T.I. So it’s cool to see that T.I. has granted K.R.I.T. a ton of camera time in Motion Family’s video for the track. Too bad that K.R.I.T. looks way, way too… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 7, 2011 - 11:59 am

Big K.R.I.T. – “Money On The Floor” Video (Feat. 8Ball, MJG & 2 Chainz) (NSFW-Ish)

Big K.R.I.T. may be an internet rap hero with a conscientious streak, but he’s also a man with a very ’90s set of rap values, which means he’s perfectly content to spend his entire music video throwing around money in some sort of strip-club/casino hybrid. It also means that Motion Family’s clip for K.R.I.T.’s slow-crawl… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2011 - 11:47 am

Yelawolf – “Up In The Club” (Feat. Lil Jon) Video

The new video from palefaced fast-rap machine Yelawolf indulges in a whole ton of club-rap video cliches: Butt shots, gratuitous alcohol consumption, random violence, Lil Jon yelling. But it’s a pretty good video anyway, mostly because it gives all those cliches a scuzzed-out white-trash twist. Yela and his friends pull up in pickup trucks and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2011 - 3:09 pm

The-Dream @ Good Units, NYC 6/29/10 & “Trilogy” Video

After a titanic weekend in NYC, the only plan I had for this week was to gently massage my legs and liver with a few days of maximum meditation. Then Wavves started tweeting about his scheduled appearance at last night’s FADER summer issue release party at Good Units in midtown: “special, special shit happening trustMore »

By: Amrit Singh / June 30, 2010 - 12:42 pm