In 2012, rappers made great attempts to avoid making the stereotypical booty videos and create astounding visuals that offer more than just a cursory glance. Some offered a compelling story line like J. Cole’s 'Crooked Smile' and Kendrick Lamar's 'Poetic Justice.' Others opted for movie inspired treatments like Iggy Azalea’s 'Change Your Life' clip.
The release of Childish Gambino's 'Because the Internet' is around the corner, so of course we're going to see a bit more of him these next couple of days. The comedian-turned-rapper has just released the video to the album's single '3005,' and despite the upbeat track and romantic hook, we get visually striking yet somber clip.
The two songs Lauryn Hill released this year -- 'Neurotic Society (Compulsory Mix)' and 'Consumerism' -- have been met with a lukewarm response. The ill feelings are directed toward the overly esoteric nature of the lyrics, which has sometimes been described as gibberish. Her rapid delivery didn't help much either. It doesn't look like Hill is abandoning the songs, however, as she's just released the lyric video for 'Consumerism.'
In the wake of that inadvertent KONY claim (a Kurupt reference that was misinterpreted yet people still ran with it anyway) from Kendrick Lamar, and those not-so-subtle comments from Trinidad Jame$, you could say that New York hip-hop's been under a bit of scrutiny this year.
The sneak peek of Eminem's 'Rap God' video showed fans he was going the pop culture route -- although this one may feel a bit more esoteric if the viewer isn't up on the '90s references. The rapper stars as sci-fi host Max Headroom, but that's not the only role that's prevalent in the visual, which premiered today.
Ready to speak on why fans should look at her as a twerk-tastic expert, Miley Cyrus jumped on will.i.am's new pop-rap single, 'Feelin' Myself,' to put the word out: "I shake, shake that s--- like a, like a expert."
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