Two Tiffanys celebrating what they love by giving it a stage and using their voices to spread the word.


Aesop Rock – “Rings” video

Aesop Rock is preparing to drop a self-produced album, called The Impossible Kid, at the end of April via Rhymesayers. I’m sure you’ve already heard about that, though. We haven’t seen a solo project since 2012’s Skelethon, so I’m extra pumped for this one. “Rings” is the first single and music video to drop, and Aesop said the following regarding inspiration for the song: “Rings reflects on my failure as a visual artist, and some of the regret I’ve experienced in regards to not pursuing it further.

Blackalicious – “On Fire Tonight” (Ft Myron) video

Straight from their 5th studio album, titled Imani, Vol. 1, one of my long-time favorite groups Blackalicious dropped a NSFW video for “On Fire Tonight”. Featuring singer Myron (of Myron & E) on the soulful hook, the rapid-fire spitting wordsmith Gift of Gab shoots off straight-for-the-jugular raps, over Chief Xcel‘s hard-hitting, horn-blowing, boom bap funk beat. Directed by James Connelly, the music video switches between color (during the hook) and stark black-and-white coloring (during the verses), with beautiful women moving and dancing, while naked and free. It’s strong, sexy, and so dang good. Watch now, and grab that album!

Onry Ozzborn – “duofilm” video

Leading up to Onry Ozzborn‘s highly anticipated DUO album, releasing March 25th via Fake Four Inc., he has released a few singles. As of a few days ago, though, he dropped a short-film of sorts that acts as a cohesive music video to a 15-minute mix of the album. Directed by Soundlapse, we see almost every guest from the album participating in the visual (such as Kimya Dawson, Aesop Rock, P.O.S, Sadistik, Terra Lopez of Sister Crayon, Theory Hazit, Rob Sonic, Nathan Quiroga, and others), in a get-together environment where they are either occupying various rooms with Onry Ozzborn or are seen projected on walls and screens. Similar to the album itself, the visual captures a lot of diversity, moods, and gives you something unique to absorb in each scenario. I enjoyed the cinematography and editing, too; it’s all visually intriguing and executed awesomely. Check it out below, and make sure you pre-order the album for $10-$15, depending on what you want (or grab it when it drops).

Equipto & Otayo Dubb – “Yuk The World” video

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From their collaborative Baby Steps album, released mid-last year, California emcees Equipto and Otayo Dubb dropped a music video for the song “Yuk The World”. Produced by Bean One, the song finds the two rapping about ignoring propaganda while acknowledging the real positive contributions, standing up for what’s right, and celebrating life’s good moments, even through adversity and the bad times. “Life’s a struggle, yet I still laugh // Can you feel that?

The video was filmed by Bambu, at a Free Breakfast event put together by the duo, at The Black & Brown Social Club. Watch the video below, and then check the maxi single below, which comes with a Digital Martyrs remix (free downloads on Soundcloud).

Adeem – “Looking For A Window” (ft Blueprint) video

New Hampshire emcee Adeem, whom some might be more familiar with through his hip hop group Glue, has just released a brand new song, called “Looking For A Window”. This was a bit exciting for me to come across, seeing as how it’s been quite some time since I’ve heard/seen his name–I think the last time that I saw his name somewhere was on a Mike Relm song in ’08 (and before that, it was the Catch As Catch Can Glue album). He’s been gone for a long time, but not forgotten…and I sure am happy to see him back.

Ripsy May – “Black Wine” video

I stumbled upon this Ripsy May song when I was listening to music on JONESSoundcloud page, as it was one of the recommended songs. She caught my attention with her “da-da-da-da“‘s vocals posing as a catchy beat, but what captivated me the most was when I heard the Los Angeles-based singer’s cool, jazzy vocals drag out along the ambient Vud-produced electronic beat led by mellow drums, haunting vocal arrangements, and a sweeping breeze. So hypnotic and lovely, especially with such strong, thought-provoking lyrics that are rooted in media manipulation and racial divide.

Zerolex – “Twofold” EP

The last time that I wrote about French producer Zerolex was over a year ago, when he released an EP with Holy Two. Since then, he has dropped the Volutes EP with his Cotton Claw producer collective, and has released his second solo EP, titled Twofold, which is also the most recent. Composed of two new songs, and a dazzling remix by Nikitch, we hear Zerolex exploring a more evolved electronic path, where he has constructed futuristic-type beats that are ultra rich in synth textures, percussion samples, underlying jazzy tones, and melodic movement. I like them both a lot, as well as the remix. Watch the animated music video for the title track, done by Dylan Cote-Colisson and Pierre Lafanechère, and then stream the EP. Then, purchase for $2 via Parisian label Cascade Records.

Dregs One & Ill Sugi – “Emotion” (ft Gas Mask Colony) video

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From Dregs One and Ill Sugi‘s Universal Language album, the music video for “Emotion” dropped a few days ago. Featuring Gas Mask Colony, we see everyone roaming throughout San Francisco, kicking introspective raps about coping with the highs and lows of life, while also reminding us that everything isn’t as bad as it could be. Watch the video below, directed by Kolepa.

Credit: Chris Muir

Fritz Helder – “Force of Nature”

Canadian vocalist Fritz Helder was 1/4th of the electronic-house music group Azari & III, and he recently released the title track from his forthcoming solo EP, called Force of Nature. New to his music, I clicked play on “Force of Nature” and quickly vibed with the energy of the bass-thumping, worldly electro thrill that guides his fierce vocals and enchanting delivery, as he sings about self-confidence and power to be reckoned with (“No one can take away my fire – force of nature // My enemies have fallen before“). I liked the song on Soundcloud, hit the repeat button, and came straight to CB to share it. I feel like this is one of those anthem songs that will be taking over your playlist in no time. Listen to the single below, and then watch the music video for the b-side “Force Of Nature (The Bad Seed Manipulation)“.

Robot Koch – “Dark Waves” (ft Delhia de France) video

Berlin-based electronic musician Robot Koch‘s “Dark Waves” song relaxes me, as does the slow-motion movement of the ocean waves in the music video. Delhia de France‘s mellow and hauntingly pop voice floats over the dark and uptempo atmospheric tune, as she sings about loneliness and struggling to stay afloat, while we see surfers Ryan Gast, Elija Bustos and Michael Ralla paddling in the Central Coast of California. Shot entirely on an iPhone 6s Plus by Sven Dreesbach.

I thought this song sounded vaguely familiar, too, and then I read that it was featured in the winter finale of the “How To Get Away With Murder” show–yup, why it sounded familiar! Very cool. Find this song on his Hypermoment album, via Monkeytown Records. Watch the video below.

Photo Credit: Mark C Austin

MUTEMATH – “Monument” video

I’m a sap. I’m one of those people that cries at something beautiful (or sad, obviously), and I definitely teared up while watching alternative rock band MUTEMATH‘s latest music video, for their song “Monument”. Actually, you’re probably an apathetic robot or an alien, if you DON’T get a little bit teary-eyed watching it (unless you have a case of dry eyes, then I don’t fault you for that). Directed by Israel Anthem (for Science Lab), the visual is centered around a charismatic and humble man from Starkville, Mississippi, named Charles “LaLa” Evans.

Rey Resurreccion – “Leaving On A Jetplane” video

Last month, San Jose-based rapper Rey Resurreccion dropped a music video for a song, called “Leaving On A Jetplane”, from his forthcoming album. Co-produced by Rey Res and J.Sana, Rey approaches the song like it’s do-or-die, with a good energy, some social commentary on the media’s trickery and California’s drought, a promise that he’s got something fresh coming, and a catchy hook that you’re going to sing along to. The music video is cool, too, with a black-and-white color treatment and a bunch of cool animation effects. Directed and animated by Ratha Nou, and shot by Daniel Ortiz. Check it out, and look out for Sweet Tooth Tony soon.