Another month, another roundup of the hottest new hip hop clips that have dropped over the past four weeks. Here are our picks for November’s edition:
Vince Staples’ video for “Sheet Music” is less a music video and more a comedic short—but we say it counts regardless. The clip opens with the rapper making a frantic getaway from his enraged girlfriend and gets weirder from there, with pointed commentary on 21st century technology and a hilarious cameo from Ray J.
“Hot,” the Gunna-assisted cut from Young Thug’s latest album So Much Fun, has received a remix courtesy of Travis Scott. It was accompanied by an equally blazing visual that finds the rappers in bizarre fiery situations. Gunna is trapped in a burning house while Thugger tries his best to rescue him. Scott, on the other hand, catches fire as he dances on a football field. As the trio simply put it themselves, everything about the clip is downright “litty.”
G-Eazy takes inspiration from ’40s film noir in the visual for his Scary Nights cut, “Hittin Licks.” Young Gerald does his best Philip Marlowe, a private eye who’s hired to investigate the mysterious death of a rich businessman. The rapper eventually discovers that the man’s wife was behind his murder, but instead of putting her behind bars, he helps plot an escape and runs away with her.
Doja Cat’s fast becoming known for great videos, and the clip for “Cyber Sex”—the opening track of her sophomore album Hot Pink—is no exception. Doja dominates the visual with her charismatic presence, playing a camgirl, a scientist and a cyborg. Feast your eyes on the creative costuming and the visual puns (including the shot of the rapper stroking a virtual cat).
Danny Brown returns to his hometown of Detroit for the video for “Best Life,” a highlight from his latest album uknowhatimsayin¿. Directed by Augustin Vita, the clip centers on four young black men from their early years to adulthood as they face different hurdles such as heartbreak, family disputes and run-ins with the police. Their scenes mirror Brown’s witty yet poignant verses about his own rough upbringing.
In the brilliant dance-heavy video for “Bop,” a standout cut from his Kirk album, DaBaby runs amok with a flash mob in Paramount Pictures’ studio lot in Hollywood, California. The rapper dubs the Reel Goats-directed video a “hip hop musical” as everyone breaks out into synchronized dance moves. The clip also includes a special guest appearance from popular masked hip hop dance crew the Jabbawockeez, who flex their dance moves effortlessly.
Who needs Freddie Gibbs, gangsta rapper, when you have Freddie Kane, slick R&B showman? The video for “Gat Damn”—a track from Gibbs and Madlib’s album Bandana—captures a Soul Train-esque performance by Freddie Kane and the Lords in all its chaotic glory, from the matching zebra outfits and indiscriminate pre-show drug use to internal squabbles about late payments.
Denzel Curry comes through once again with gritty visuals for “Speedboat.” In the video for the standout cut from his album ZUU, the Florida native channels his inner hustler. Curry quickly goes from working a dead-end job at a convenience store to dealing drugs and making dough in no time. The clip is a cinematic experience from start to finish, and alludes to an overarching storyline that will hopefully continue in future videos from Clout Cobain himself.
One way to look at the use of claymation for 03 Greedo and Kenny Beats’ video for “Disco Shit” is that it’s a solution to the problem of Greedo’s ongoing incarceration. But that would be to shortchange the creativity of the clip, which casts the duo and guest artist Freddie Gibbs as characters in a semi-fictionalized Colombian drug-dealing saga. “Disco Shit” is taken from Greedo and Kenny’s recently released joint album, Netflix & Deal.
The concept for CHIKA’s “Can’t Explain it” video is simple: two people meet at a party and chemistry ensues. What makes this visual stand out is the rapper’s charisma, wholesome vibes from the clip’s retro stylings, the Tamia sample and the contributions of the velvety-voiced icon Charlie Wilson.
Check out previous hip hop MV roundups.