Do you remember when you had to wait for MTV’s The Lick or Yo MTV Raps to see the best new videos? We do! Kazabon even had a VHS of the her favourite videos, from a time when Hype Williams was behind nearly every great video and when artists tried to out-do themselves and their peers with the hottest new video. We have decided to dig into the HDD video vault to bring you some of our favourites.
This week’s Video Vault selection is 808 by Blaque. After hearing the sad news that the group’s rapper Natina Reed passed away in a car accident earlier this week, we wanted to pay tribute by celebrating the group’s music. 808 was Blaque’s first single and featured their mentor Lisa Left Eye in the video, it sounds just as good today as when it was first released.
As you know we like to support new music at HDD HQ and we were recently put on to this new gem from UK tropical producer The Rum Baba. The Rum Baba likes to experiment with lots of different sounds from moombahton to dnb but for her debut single she has concentrated on her first love – dancehall. Inspired by Jamaican block parties, dancehall riddims and rum, you can definitely hear that she has been influenced by her Jamaican and British heritage when listening to her double A side 80s Animal/Stop Talk. 80s Animal is our favourite of the A sides as it mixes thats 80s sound with dancehall snippets and percussion and has an almost eerie quality to it in parts. The single drops on November 5th.
Terro 3000 recently released the video for Imagine, which is the first tune to be released from his upcoming mixtape T3K Vol 1.0. On Imagine we hear Terro showing his softer side, speaking about wanting change and a peaceful Jamaica. As with a lot of Terro’s tunes Ballaz productions are on production duties, but Terro has been producing riddims of his own lately too. Watch out for his mixtape dropping soon!
Every week the excellent So Shifty guys will bring you a performance that they deem #unf*ckwithable. You can give them suggestions on twitter just using that hashtag but ultimately they will decide. This week’s edition is Project Pat’s Chickenhead – which is also one of the tunes featured in Hootie Who’s mix for the HDD House Party Bridges & Hooks Podcast
We were first introduced to Roses Gabor on this smasher from Redlight, since then we have also loved her vocals alongside Blaya’s on Buraka Som Sistema’s Up All Night. Stars is Roses debut single on Toddla T’s label Girls Music and we are loving her smooth vocals over Redlights eclectic production. It’s a modern RnB ballad, a little one drop, and a little chopped and screwed, rolled in to one big debut single. Its available now here and here
We love a good riddim medley video here at HDD HQ nearly as much as we love some of the faces that Beenie Man pulls in this video. Hustlas riddim has been around for a few weeks and the three cuts on the riddim from Lisa Hyper, Kantana and Beenie Man, and Jah Vinci are all strong. We especially like Jah Vinci’s Weezy impression.