Lifesize Teddy, the newest signing to Africa’s No.1 record label Mavin Records has released her self-titled debut EP alongside a visual for its lead track ‘Hypnotic’. A self-assured and boldly audacious declaration of Lifesize Teddy’s talent and artistic vision, her debut EP is a project that sees the 23-year old rapper, singer/songwriter and poet announce herself as a complex and layered young woman with various multitudes and a penchant for clairvoyance. The project’s first single ‘Hypnotic’ is a decadent and fearlessly expressive club track about being the life of the party and reveling in the freedom that comes with feeling comfortable in one’s body and sexuality. Produced by Andre Vibez (Rema, Ayra Starr, Omah Lay), the track’s off-kilter production is a melting point of Afro-inspired Hip-Hop swaggering. Underpinned by dancehall-infused rhythms that are tightly peppered with arabic and middle eastern sensibilities. Speaking on the track, Lifesize Teddy said: “Writing this record was a thrill. I want whoever listens to feel the rush and embody being THE MOMENT. Being the driver of your own vibe and staying turnt. Hypnotic is all about freedom in the utmost way”. Directed by Jyde Ajala (Asake, CKay, Don Toliver), the accompanying visual brings to life the song’s hedonistic and pleasure-seeking aura. The concept’s narrative centers around Teddy as she leads the crashing of a lackluster school party with her crew of outcasts. Upon her arrival, Teddy’s boisterous and rebellious attitude gives way to the party transforming into an energetic and bustling occasion. The video experiments with supernatural and spooky undertones that at once is an homage to her hometown of Port Harcourt, while also presenting Teddy as a confident, fashion-forward and futuristic artist.
After releasing two new singles last week, ‘Birthday Girl’ and ‘SHOT O’ CLOCK,’ Saweetie has returned with an official music video for the latter song. Featuring production by London on Da Track, the single samples Suzanne Vega’s 1987 original song ‘Tom’s Diner,’ which appeared on her platinum album Solitude Standing. “Tonight we gettin’ white girl wasted / Clique full off baddies, no basics,” Saweetie raps over the beat. “This gon’ be an icy girl favorite / Shots got me leanin’ like The Matrix.” True to its title, the music video, directed by Lauren Dunn, sees Saweetie and her friends take shots in between montages of them dancing to Bollywood-inspired hip-hop choreography. [via Hypebeast]
Doja Cat has heard everything that her haters — and her fans — have said about her, and she’s ready to fully accept that she is whatever they say she is with ‘Paint The Town Red.’ The official video features Doja engaging in all the typical “satanic”-type imagery that gets social media speculating about Illuminati and other beings. She dances with the Grim Reaper, rides a goat-like mythosaur, and even poses with chunks of meat meant to look like human flesh. And she seems to also take direct aim at all the recent criticism about her and her life choices when she raps, “Yeah, bitch, I said what I said / I’d rather be famous instead / I let all that get to my head / I don’t care, I paint the town red.” Classic R&B fans, too, will take notice that Doja Cat does this all over a chopped-and-screwed sample of Dionne Warwick‘s ‘Walk On By’. [via HipHopDX]
Sexyy Red has had a great year as one of rap’s newest breakout stars. Now, in her latest video, ‘I’m The Sht,’ Red is looking back on her epic summer, reflecting on her year as one of the most exciting newcomers. The video for ‘I’m The Sht’ kicks off with Redd opening up various online news headlines (including one from Uproxx), her Instagram followers growing, and a bunch of concert and festival performances. Juxtaposed with the montage is Red twerking inside her home, with stacks of cash in hand. [via Uproxx]