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New This Week: “D A R L E N E” music video from WHYYOUNGN, plus new music videos from BEEWARE, Summer Rain, Jim Waneka, and Damon Little

No matter where they’re from, good musicians know how to put it all on the line and bear their heart and soul in their music and in their videos. The latest HIP Picks – Weekly Client Roundup is here; take a look at the videos, and learn more about the clips by reading below.

“D A R L E N E” Music Video: WHYYOUNGN (Rap)

Hardcore hip-hop and the MTA: both are quintessentially New York. Brooklyn rapper WHYYOUNGN shot the “D A R L E N E” video (which was directed by Max Hilva) at the Grand Army Plaza station, aligning himself with the city at its most elemental. It follows this summer’s “Hip Hop Booty”, which earned airplay on BET Jams – and “D A R L E N E” is poised for the same success.

“IT IS” Music Video: Beeware feat. Angel-A (Rap)

Chicago has brought us artists like Kanye West, Common, and Curtis Mayfield – and its newest export is BEEWARE. After living through a pandemic, everyone feels hopeless and burnt out. But is it possible for things to go back to normal to enjoy life again? BEEWARE says “IT IS” in his new song, which features Angel-A, from the album After Carbon. The “IT IS” video was directed by Bria Bridges.

“Let Me Tell You” Music Video: Summer Rain (Pop/rock)

From Qualicum Beach in Vancouver Island comes Summer Rain. Though inspired by old school music, Summer Rain have maintained a youthful outlook and exuberance in their songwriting. “Let Me Tell You” is a warm embrace of the urgency of now, and the video (directed by Logan Hale) portrays a dream-like state where nothing makes sense.

“Two Angels” Music Video: Jim Waneka (Country/rock)

Compared to a young Johnny Cash, Jim Waneka sits at the crossroads of Americana and country. Two years ago, he decided his dream was too bright and – after putting it all on hold – picked up his guitar once again. With a heartfelt acoustic guitar and classic country twang, “Two Angels” is uplifting and pure at its core.

“Stand Up” Music Video: Damon Little (Soul/R&B/Gospel)

Grammy-winning Inspirational and soul singer Damon Little has always put advocacy at the heart of his music. He’s invited the members of the United Ostomy Association of America to march in his clip for “Stand Up” (directed by Damon Little and Bryan Leonard). And they’re taking us to one of the most famous sites in Civil Rights history: the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in March 1965, peaceful protesters were attacked by police engaged in the enforcement of segregation.