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#IndieSpotlight: Kaiju The Unconquerable Releases New Short Film

One part MF DOOM, one part living breathing Anime story line, Southwest Miami, rapper Kaiju The Unconquerable is in a…

One part MF DOOM, one part living breathing Anime story line, Southwest Miami, rapper Kaiju The Unconquerable is in a lane all his own. A glorified, self-identified nerd, he started rocking stages at comic conventions — and even has the credit of being the first Hip-Hop artist ever to be featured in Shonen Jump, which has been the (print) ground-zero of all things Manga since it was launch 49 years ago.

Kaiju differs from other “weirdo” rappers, though — unlike an act like DOOM, he isn’t a character (per say). His songs and his image don’t hinge on each other to coexist. I mean, he uses a healthy amount comic and anime references, but no more than your average nerd-core spitter. He thrives on a wave-appropriate trappish vibe.

Case and point is his newest release, “CYBERPUNK 2050.” Over a bouncy trap tinged instrumental, he criticizes artists who create fake personas via social media that they can’t necessarily live up to in real life. “I’m the kid with the new option, fans waiting like a shoe dropping,” he raps amid a laid back, well-paced barrage of straight bars. Like, this kid can rap!

Where the nerdery comes in is his visual treatment. In this case, “CYBERPUNK 2050” serves as the sixth installment of an ongoing series of self-directed videos that Kaiju has been dropping over the past year. It’s a complicated storyline to explain, buy in this episode; Kaiju has used a portal to the future, and — to keep it simple — is engaged in some dope martial arts hijinx that make for an entertaining and engaging 6-minute watch.

Artists are NOT putting this level of original thought process into their shit — don’t @ me!

“I love embracing who I am that’s why I respect Wu-tang so much,” he told Lisa Ford Blog last year. “Because even though they’re from the streets, they embraced the fact they were fans of martial arts movies.” It’s easy to make stylistic parallels to the dedication they have to their respective overarching themes.

Kaiju has a great back catalog, with a full-length LP, ONI, and then all the material used for his video series following. It’s not clear if there is an actual project lined up that will house records like “Forbidden” and “Note 7” ( a banger, BTW) and this new one, but get acquainted — and get ready.

You’re welcome.

Riley here — father, artist, videographer, professional writer and SERIOUS hip-hop head. I'm a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, and I think everything is better on vinyl. Add me on Twitter! @specialdesigns
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Vevo just released a live performance from their newly announced LIFT artist YK Osiris. The 2019 XXL Freshman from Jacksonville, FL artist performs an intimate version of his Billboard Hot 100 hit “Worth It.”

The premiere of “Worth It” is the first of three pieces of content Vevo will release as part of YK Osiris’s LIFT campaign. Vevo’s LIFT initiative connects today’s up-and-coming artists to audiences around the globe through video content. Launched in 2011, Vevo’s artist development program shines a spotlight on the world’s freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Sam Smith, Halsey, Khalid, Jorja Smith, SZA, Julia Michaels, Billie Eilish and CNCO.

About YK Osiris:
Born Osiris Williams, YK Osiris grew up with a passion for old-school soul, classic R&B, modern pop and rap sounds, and started making music of his own at a young age. In 2017 he first uploaded his single “Fake Love” before dropping “I’m Next (Freestyle) in January of 2018, the latter of which went viral and collected millions of streams. His next single, “Valentine,” amassed over nine million streams within the first several weeks of release, and is now certified GOLD. Shortly thereafter, he signed with Def Jam and dropped “Timing.” In November 2018, YK was named a Vevo DSCVR artist, and the buzz around continued to draw attention in the industry.

2019 saw the release of “Worth It,” which went PLATINUM and scored Osiris his first entry on the Billboard Hot 100. Co-signs from Drake and Chris Brown followed, as well as a spot in XXL’s 2019 Freshman Class. To date, he’s released five songs that have amassed 500 million global streams.

About Vevo:
Vevo is the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform. With over 300,000 videos and 26 billion views a month globally Vevo connects artists with audiences from all over the world, providing exclusive music content, original programming and official music videos to fans.

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It’s Treezus Season: The DC Rapper Is On A Run

The summer season is in full swing, and Washington DC’s Treezus — part of the international arts collective Yellow Cloud…

The summer season is in full swing, and Washington DC’s Treezus — part of the international arts collective Yellow Cloud — has been making some season buzz with his pack of recent singles, “IB2” and “Brainfood, both of which have received dope (AnxiouStoner filmed) visual treatments.

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The Birdie Bands produced “IB2” has an insanely eclectic vibe; Treezus’ wildly unique cadence, with peppered pockets of rapid-fire delivery, body the beat. The visual, which was shot throughout Italy (Venice, Naples, a farm in Tuscany and Florence) offers breathtaking scenery, with a dizzying pace that rarely lets you break the engagement. The Hidden Oasis banger “Brain Food,” a smoking anthem (originally released on 4/20) was appropriately shot in Amsterdam. This record gives this strange Bone Thugs vibe as he goes in with his machine gun flow during the latter half of the verse. It’s actually captivating.

Relevant: Work Fi Mi: An Interview With Yellow Cloud

The visuals were directed and edited by Treezus himself; and both really take the songs to new heights, in my humble opinion. The music we’ve featured in the past definitely range in terms of the aesthetic, but real talk, Treezus is more than in his element — and the international story arc he’s on is making his brand sparkle.

Check out “IB2” and “Brain Food” below.

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