6 videos you should see this week

Look what Taylor Swift, Wizkid, Mr Eazi, ASAP Rocky and more are doing in these videos

Wizkid – Missing “One Dance” Vocals

The biggest debates after Drake’s “One Dance” peaked at #1 on Billboards was why Wizkid’s cut was relegated  into a barely audible vocal sample. . Nonetheless, we’ve grown to accept the song for what it is—a casual shoutout to Afropop , nothign more—and just enjoy the monster hit. But since South African DJ, DJ Maphorisa played the clean version of Wizkid’s at One Africa Music Fest in New York, it’s starting to look like Drake has a fresh set of question to answer for why he didn’t use Wizkid’s cut.

Yo Gotti – Rake It Up Feat. Nicki Minaj

Yo Gotti’s collaboration with Nicki Minaj off his recent tape with Mike WiLL Made-It, Gotti Made-It has received a video treatment despite Nicki’s troll on her twitter; “We decided to not put the #RakeItUpVideo out anymore so that ppl can stop twerking and start reading. Let’s change our world 1 book @ a time”. So either the world turned down Nicki’s help or like you can’t street out of the hustler, presumably, you also can’t take the trap out of the rap. The suburban set for the video is directed by Benny Boom who shots Nicki in her classic pink latex dress, twerking, Lamborghini racing against Blac Chyna and literally raking money falling from trees.

DJ Consequence – Blow The Whistle Feat. Mayorkun

Mayorkun and DJ Consequence head to China Village, Ojota in their video for “Blow The Whistle”. Directed by Twitch Visuals, the pair reach for a culturally relevant location though the song’s lyrics explicitly places them at a club in Ikoyi. The location is however far from glamorous with the fading paints and moss growing on the walls. Still, the Asian insignias and roofings give the video some of its most effective exoticism, especially given that Odunsi’s “Desire” video was shot at the same location with no touch up to the location’s worn out walls.

Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do

Just as the song already suggested, Taylor Swift’s video for “Look What You Made Me Do” takes more than a few subliminal shots at the Wests, Calvin Harris and Katy Perry who damn near ended her career after her fall out with them. While her lyrics weren’t crude or direct enough to call the song a diss track, the video certainly aims for the controversial as she attempts to turn her bad publicity to good music. She moves from grave yard to diamond filled bath tub, to a snake throne in a dream like narrative directed by Joseph Kahn . Though the intent is clearly to mock her bad reputation, the dreamy narrative and lyrics makes us wonder if she’s having a case of the Jacob Ladders.

Dotman – Afro Girl Feat. Mr Eazi

Music has always been one of the most unifying cultural traits in Africa. Dotman proves this on “Afro Girl”, a song that features Mr Eazi and is produced by Tanzanian producers Simba Tagz and Mr. Kamera. The mid tempo dancehall number’s adjoining video is also directed by a Tanzanian director, Teekay who casts Ugandan, stars Sheebah Karungi as Dotman’s love interest in the melodramatic romance themed video. It’s sort of like Romeo and Juliet with a happy ending.

D. R. A. M. – Gilligan Feat. ASAP Rocky, Juicy J

D. R. A. M. continues his reputation for bright, colourful and creative videos continues on “Gilligan”, a new single expected to feature on his eventual follow up to his debut LP, last year’s Big Baby D.R.A.M. With guest features from Juicy J and ASAP Rocky, D. R. A. M. plays wacky weatherman on television to the announce of white families before heading to the street where he and the featured artists show off his super powers—shooting out beams from their eyes that expose women’s butt.

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Watch Odunsi’s video for “Desire” here