This week we’ve got an interesting array of different music videos for ya. From icons like The Rolling Stones, Green Day, Alicia Keys, and Mary J. Blige to up and comers like Max Wonders, Bas, and an unexpected video from Chocolate Droppa AKA Kevin Hart’s alter ego. Check em all out below and let us know what you think in the comments.
John Legend – Love Me Now
John Legend continues to gear up for his next album, dropping the video to his lead single. It’s his typical sappy, heartwarming fare but it works because it’s got just enough pop to be played in the clubs and on the radio. The video is pretty unoriginal, with shots from people around the world showing affection while the song plays in the background. But the clips of him with his wife and child are cool though.
The Rolling Stones – Hate to See You Go
The Rolling Stones dropping a new song in 2016? And it’s blues? Didn’t see this coming but it’s dope either way. They actually sound really great on a blues song. I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a cover. The video consists of various shots of New York and them in the studio. Not groundbreaking but seeing them still at it is always cool.
Mary J. Blige – Thick Of It
Mary J is undoubtedly one of the greatest modern day R&B singers and minus whatever the fuck that was with Hillary Clinton (lmao), she normally has pretty good judgement (when it comes to her music). It’s another strong song from her; the video however, should’ve stayed in the 90’s.
Green Day – Still Breathing
I like Green Day. They have their ups and downs like most bands but American Idiot will always be one of my favorite albums and to me “Still Breathing” is one of their best songs since then. The video is not though. A bunch of slow shots of people in deep thought. I feel like there’s supposed to be a deeper meaning but it’s not clear.
Max Wonders – Grow Up
Max Wonders is part of this new wave of Chicago rappers and he put out one of the dopest projects this year and it gets its first visual treatment with “Grow Up.” The song is hard as hell, but the video is all over the place. One second he’s in a desert, then at a concert, then there’s shots of riots and police. Yeah, nothing added up here.
Alicia Keys – Blended Family
Alicia Keys just dropped one of the best projects of the year with HERE and it gets it’s first true music video. Off top, the song is damn good. Her voice is fantastic as always and the rhythm and melodies really bring this to life. The video is beautifully shot, all in black and white, and with shots of different families bonding (including her own). Not spectacular but it fully embodies the song.
I’ll admit it, I’ve never been a Mac Miller fan but I’ve always respected his grind. “Stay” is a cool little song. It sounds like something I’d hear from Chance the Rapper but it doesn’t sound too out of place with him. The video is about as bare bones as can be. Him at a lake(?) of some sorts rapping along to the song solo. There’s some good drone shots though.
Bas – Clouds Never Get Old
Bas is super super dope and Too High to Riot gets continuous replays from me. He definitely feels like just an average dude that happens to rap and the video gives off that feel too.
Chocolate Droppa (Kevin Hart) – Push It On Me
For those that don’t know Kevin Hart has done various skits as his rapping alter ego, Chocolate Droppa for the past few years now and it looks like he’s going all in on it now. Now if you ask me, I’ve always found Kevin to be corny as fuck (give me Chappelle over him any day) and this does nothing but enforce that feeling for me. But I know a lot of people still love him and he’s still good for a chuckle here and there as he goes full on cliche rapper here.
So what’d you guys think about this weeks music videos? Which ones were your favorites? Did I miss any I should be checking out? Let me know in the comments below and be sure to subscribe to our weekly mailing list for exclusives.