Another month, another roundup of the hottest new hip hop clips that have dropped over the past four weeks. Here are our picks for September’s edition:
Fancy location? Check. A bevy of good-looking extras? Check. Famous friends? Check. “Hot Girl Summer” ticks all the boxes for a 2019 hip hop music video, but what sets this visual apart is the endearing opening skit, the irrepressible personalities of Megan Thee Stallion and Nicki Minaj, and the fun-loving energy the whole production exudes.
It’s an all-day dance-fest in Duckwrth’s quirky video for “Crush.” The singer-rapper breaks out groovy moves in the vibrant visual, tangoing his way across town with several different love interests. But his flirtatious ways come back to bite him when one of his lovers catches him red-handed.
Acclaimed rapper by day, idiosyncratic New York City taxi driver by night: Danny Brown lets us in on his side hustle with this oddball video for “Dirty Laundry,” the first single off his new album, uknowwhatimsaying¿. Follow Brown to the laundromat, bodega and jazz club in this hilarious clip.
After the cinematic treatment “Old Town Road” received, Lil Nas X couldn’t possibly drop the ball with second single “Panini.” The rising rapper brought the futuristic cover of his 7 EP to life for this video, which stars Disney actress Skai Jackson and showcases Nas X’s dance moves.
What would Oprah Winfrey do? Rapsody and Leikeli47 answer that question in the music video for “Oprah,” their collab from the former’s latest album, Eve. The pair make like the celebrated billionaire, teaming up to help the homeless and supporting black-owned businesses. Make sure to stick around ’til the end for a triumphant speech from spoken word artist Reyna Biddy.
We love a juicy, multi-video saga, especially one that spans multiple albums. For “Half Manne Half Cocaine,” Freddie Gibbs and Madlib continue—in characteristically hilarious fashion—a bloody narrative that dates back to their 2014 joint album Piñata, the predecessor of 2019’s highly anticipated Bandana. Offbeat comedian Eric Andre cameos.
It’s not a Tyler, the Creator music video if it isn’t somewhat dramatic. And the rapper’s latest visual from IGOR is nothing but over the top—but in the most Tyler fashion. The idiosyncratic rapper reprises his role as the record’s blonde-wigged titular character, whose romantic relationship unfolds, well, rather dramatically, throughout the clip.
Think beauty pageants are outdated? Princess Nokia is inclined to agree. In her charming video for “Sugar Honey Iced Tea (SHIT),” she subverts the catty and superficial competition format by befriending the other contestants and winning with a contemporary dance routine.
TI and Teyana Taylor take justice into their own hands in the two-part music video for Tip’s Dime Trap cuts, “You” and “Be There.” The action-packed visual, directed by Taylor herself, casts the pair as vigilantes who hunt down sexual predators in their city. But their crime-fighting escapades come to an abrupt and violent end that you’ll have to see for yourself.
French Montana, Post Malone and Cardi B are really, really tall in their video for the Rvssian-produced bop “Writing on the Wall.” The rappers are transformed into giants by the social media app TikTok, and wreak havoc on New York City: Montana tips over a building and Posty takes a nap in Central Park, while Bardi uses the reflective surface of a skyscraper as a full-length mirror.
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