Ric Hassani – Gentleman
Singer Ric Hassani is slowly unfolding as one to watch. We have to admit, despite his unique voice, it was hard to take his mainstream sound from older singles seriously. Gentleman strays away from his prior releases with better songwriting, minimalist production and a video that tackles an the weighty issue of domestic violence.
Chardonnay Music (feat. Poe, Chyn) – Falz
We don’t know if Falz has more videos to come from his Stories That Touch album, but it would have been unforgivable if we didn’t get a video for this Jazz-fused highlight on the album. Flanked by fellow rappers Poe and Chyn, Falz delivers a classic video crammed full with cameos of all your favorite celebrities in suits and dresses. Trust us, it probably won’t get more Lagos high-class living than Falz makes it out to seem.
Fun Mi Lowo (feat. Sir Dauda) – Aramide
Aramide first premiered this song at Adekunle Gold’s album listening party in August. For its video, Aramide uses animated effects and bright colours. And oh, Frank Donga features too and he got enough screen time to do Frank Donga things.
Burna Boy – Pree Me
Burna Boy is a lot more silent than we’re used to these days but nothing has changed about the man who blessed us with Soke last year. He is still as conflicted and hurt as he is somber and wary of his relationships. Pree Me comes on the heels of his return to the UK after a rumoured 5-year ban. The dance-hall singer released this video on Noisey’s YouTube channel as part of promotions for a concert he’s billed to perform at The HMV Apollo in London next month.
Oya Come Make We Go (Sauti Sol) – 2Baba
2Baba and Sauti Sol team up to make Africans dreamers again on Oya Come Make We Go as a young girl’s dream to become an astronaut becomes reality (or something of the sort, they never really tell us what happened after she got into that rocket-fridge). This is the crispiest video we have seen from 2Baba lately, and unlike many others in his recent catalog, this is a good one.
Cupid’s Crooked Bow – M.anifest
Ghanian rapper, Ma.nifest released his fourth studio project titled, Nowhere Cool earlier this month to much critical acclaim from all circles. Cupid’s Crooked Bow is the first video off his latest project and we have nothing but love for its African noir style.
Bang Bang – Timaya
There are no more doubts about Timaya’s ability to create catchy melodies out of the most basic expressions. Bang Bang and its accompanying video are late entries into our summer playlist, but Timaya’s music is not bound by seasons anyway, so who cares?
In A Benz (feat. YCEE)- DJ Consequence
In this video filmed by Director Q, ‘Spring Break’ the movie, meets Panda the music video. YCEE and Consequence pull through the city in Benzes, then pull masks over their faces as they converge in a convoy to rob a gas station’s store. The story is slightly choppy and some scenes could have been left out, but the end result comes together smoothly anyway.
One Time – Lola Rae
If you have not listened to Lola Rae’s One Time before, this accompanying video will change your mind. The video for One Time fully embraces it’ audio’s dancehall aesthetic. Lola Rae marries Ciara’s flirtations with androgyny with Rihanna’s thuggish sex appeal. Shots of unclad bodies grinding under chrome lighting and a set painted almost identical to Rihanna’s Work take most of the video’s screen time, but Lola Rae is nuanced enough to carry the weight of every scene convincingly—even when she butches up Rihanna’s chair-in-the-room scene from Pour It Up.