HIP Picks: New Videos from Michael Lanza, De Royce, and more | 4/5/2021

New This Week: “Friend” music video from Michael Lanza, plus new music videos from De Royce, Hi Love, Wé McDonald, Feriano JX, Kooly Bros ft. Young Thug, and Ugotaya

Spring has truly sprung, and April showers are upon us here at HIP HQ! Our newest HIP Picks – Weekly Client Roundup is here; take a look at the videos, and learn more about the clips by reading below.

“Friend” Music Video: Michael Lanza (Pop)

Bay Area singer-songwriter Michael Lanza‘s music has been featured on MTV, shows like Keeping Up With The Kardashians and has been given full recognition by The Chainsmokers – not to mention, he’s hit #23 on Billboard’s Dance Charts. “Friend” is his new single off the Open Up album, and this song and video (directed by Nanako Fukui & Yuito Kimura) pay tribute to the greatest friend of all: man’s best friend.

“XCAPE” Music Video: De Royce (Pop/dance/R&B)

De Royce is a groove catalyst with a seductive R&B voice paired with modern dance moves with a timeless flare, and his classic style has gotten love on BET Jams and MTV Spankin’ New. His newest single and funky music video “XCAPE” (directed by Damien Sandoval) provide a technicolor, kaleidoscopic escape from life’s monotony,

“Queen & Slim” Music Video: Hi Love (R&B/soul)

Chicago’s Hi Love has already worked with Kanye as well as Grammy-winning producers Needlz and NO I.D. “Queen & Slim” is the second single from her album Cold Wind. The video (directed by Cholette) finds her straddling two worlds – the high-rises along the iconic lakeshore skyline, and an ordinary neighborhood playground – and feeling equally at home in both.

“Head up High” Music Video: Wé McDonald (Blues/soul/pop)

Innovative jazz vocalist, pop singer, and gifted songwriter Wé McDonald has brought memorable performances to global audiences: Los Angeles, San Diego, Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., New York , Miami and Atlanta stateside; internationally to countries including Amsterdam, and most uniquely Rwanda with the Christian humanitarian agency World Vision, whose mission is to provide clean water to every person everywhere they work by 2030. She’s performed at high-profile events, like The Trumpet Awards in 2018; at legendary venues like The New York Philharmonic; and she even played Young Ella in the Celebration of Ella Fitzgerald. In her new music video for “Head Up High” (directed by Andre Betts), she faces some tough battles and shows brilliant aspects of her artistry.

“Night Fall” Music Video: Feriano JX (Hip-hop)

Feriano JX is the newest start to emerge from the city of Angels via Cameron, Africa and Maryland. His buddy Jeremiah Bland relentlessly pushed him, and now he’s finally taken the time to grace the world with his music. The video for “Night Fall” (directed by Purpose Driven), his new release, is short and sweet, just like the song itself.

“Drunk Mess” Music Video: Kooly Bros ft. Young Thug (Hip-hop/pop)

Singer G Fresh and rapper Sanders – who together perform as the pop-rap due Kooly Bros – are undoubtedly fun, but they’ve put in the work too. G Fresh has done production for Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Future, and many other prominent hip-hop artists; his latest production is Lil Durk’s recent track “Not the Same” from the album The Voice. Nard & B (Migos, T Shirt) provide the brothers with the ideal musical backdrop on “Drunk Mess”, and the track also features the vocals of Grammy-winning artist Young Thug. The “Drunk Mess” video (directed by Bank!) is pure Atlanta magic, paying homage to the streets that they’ve adopted as their own.

“No Dey Lie” Music Video: Ugotaya (Pop/dancehall)

From Lagos, Nigeria to Atlanta comes afrobeats, hip-hop, and reggae artist Ugotaya. His new track “No Dey Lie” is pure island thunder, and the video (directed by Ugotaya) pays homage to the black independent business owners that are the backbone of the city.


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