Here at YYCHipHopDaily we’ve reviewed a lot of really dope music videos this year. So we thought why not wrap up the year by ranking our favorites! Here are the best music videos to come out of Calgary’s Hip-hop scene this year:
YYC Rapper Kayam is back with a new single assisted by fellow YYC Rapper BMK Baby! “Bonita” is a Latin trap song that is club ready and infectious to dance to. On the hook Kayam raps, “Señorita finna turn me to a dancer Lil mama know that she could stay a fan, ah”, to insinuate that he is about to sway said lady with his dance moves. On the record both Kayam and BMK Baby rap one verse each in both English and Spanish. BMK Baby raps in his verse “Ayo Kayam, why the girls be acting crazy They be wanting us to have they lil babies”. The instrumental is guitar based and consists of a trap beat and salsa music!
The music video was shot and edited by Yamzavisuals. It begins with a lady having an argument with a gentleman at a table in a restaurant setting. As soon as the gentleman walks away, Kayam swoops in to sway the lady with his dance moves. The lady is seen with him all through the video as he transitions from the restaurant to a party with a lot of ladies turning up. Kayam is seen performing in different outfits throughout the video and BMK Baby is seen performing his verse only in the party scenes. Very professionally done! Shout out to Kayam and BMK Baby on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
2. Wave – S16
YYC MCs S16 (Suite16) dropped a new single, “Wave”! This ones a movie, feeling like I’m watching Shottas. Coming in with that high energy from the verses to the beat, while still keeping it wavy with the flows. Each artist has their own style which compliments each other. If this team keeps bringing this hunger to the table they’ll be here for longevity in the game. It’s always good to see big collaborations like this come together, but to be able to pull it off so effortlessly is a feat on it’s own. I’ll be keeping my ear to the streets to see what heat they drop next. Check out their Instagram account: @suite16ent
The music video was shot and edited by Vince Raquel. The way he was able to put this video together makes it feel like I’m watching a short movie. It brings a vibe that S16 are coming after the game by any means necessary. Pulling off a kidnapping and hitting every spot for the bag. With scenes cutting out of the booth, to them sitting around a poker table plotting their next move. And then concluding with the Grande finale of them making an exchange with the guy they threw in the trunk in the start of the video for a briefcase of money. This video paints a picture of the intensity and speed of the street life. With the energy of the track coming together perfectly. The talent is undeniable here from both sides. I’d definitely recommend checking Vince Raquel out for his other work. His Instagram is @vinceraquel. Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
DaKidT is a Rapper & Videographer reppin North Calgary! On his new single “24 Hours”, which is also track number 2 off his newest EP “U.S.O.M, Vol. 5”, he is assisted by Edmonton Singer, Songwriter and Rapper Q-Benjamin. The song is a motivational record with a positive message. In the hook DaKidT raps, “Give me 24 hours, 24 hours, the whole world will be ours, the whole world will be ours”, to let the listener know anything can be done if you set your mind to it. Over a sub heavy beat, both DaKidT and Q spit lyrical verses reflecting on their come up and reassuring themselves they wont stop! We have it listed as #7 on our “20 Best YYC Hip-Hop Songs Of 2020 So Far”!
The music video was shot by. USOM FILMS, Warren Montilla & Vince Raquel and edited by Tyrell “DaKidT” Bonnick. It comprises very high quality shots of different areas of Calgary as well as shots of DaKidT & Q-Benjamin performing. Very stunning visuals! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC Singer Miss Benzo dropped a single! “Runaway”, Available on Spotify. She also has a website you can check out at www.missbenzo.com. I’m feeling this track, the bass line has a real slick groove, with the keys and strings creating a vibe. Miss Benzo has this unique tone to her voice with the clean under tones and the backing vocals create a warmth to the track. The backing vocals were performed by Zacarias @zacarias4real. The lyrics come across as she reflects on past issues and traumas. With the hook revolving around the word “runaway” which is an impulse we all pick when things get rough in situations. This track is relatable as well as a fresh vibe to zone out to and get lost in the vocals. Another talented artist in the YYC worth giving a listen to! Her Instagram account is: @iammissbenzo. Check out Miss Benzo and give her a follow!
The music video was shot, directed and edited by Matthew Sichkaruk. With drone shots taken by Calvin Priddell. I’m really enjoying the concept behind the footage of this song with Miss Benzo falling asleep, then waking up in a dream state, looking confused and lost at the hands of her past heartbreaks and decisions that she made along the road of life, with her being surrounded by people in her past. Having flashbacks within her feelings trying to find a way home to find peace to escape these traumas. The shots and editing of the video are crystal clear with the different colors helping add depth to the emotions of the track. It’s very cohesive and the drone shots with 360 views add a really nice touch. Making it feel like Miss Benzo’s world is revolving around her and her issues she’s facing. All around this is quality and has clarity in the imagery telling a story but not taking away from the song. Keep up the solid work! Looking forward to more art from all these creators! Check the video director out on Instagram: @sichpicsss. Check the drone operator out on Instagram: @priddellproductions. Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC Rapper Novkane is back with a new single! “Dreamin” is track number 4 on his new album, “Sunset Madness 2”. On the record Novkane reminisces on his gritty past and motivates himself to keep grinding so he can reach his dream. On the hook he raps, “said that I was dreaming that I was smoking, on a house on a hill”. The instrumental is trap influenced and driven by synth arpeggios!
The music video, which was directed by DaKidT, features a lot of aerial shots which give the video a cinematic feel. Novkane is seen performing in different settings. In one setting he is seen suited up on a penthouse rooftop with a view of Calgary’s downtown to represent his “house on a hill”. Very professionally done! Shout out to Novkane on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
Ajay & Muna are an Afrobeat musical duo based in YYC! “Freaky Vibes” is track number 2 on their debut commercial EP “Life IS Good”. The song is about desires, both Ajay and Muna reflect on what they want most in a lady. In his verse Ajay sings “I like girls with a miniskirt, jelly bum type wey de make sense” and Muna sings in his verse “I know you freaky, girl I know you freaky, show your freaky, don’t be sneaky”. The production is definitely afrobeat and is driven by synth arpeggios that make it sound futuristic! We have it listed as #13 on our “20 Best YYC Hip-Hop Songs Of 2020 So Far”!
The music video was directed by Munachimso & RoyalzProduction. It features R rated scenes of Ajay in a bedroom with 3 ladies. Ajay and Muna are also seen performing and vibing with the crew. The video does a great job of capturing their “freaky vibes”. Very professionally done! Shout out to Ajay and Muna on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
Rob Roy is a YYC MC that has been killing it on the Calgary Hip-Hop scene for years! His new single “No Gas” featuring fellow YYC MC Halfcut is a braggadocious cut the 90’s Hip-hop heads are going to vibe with heavy! On the record Rob and Halfcut spit lyrical verses flexing their skillset. The song title comes from the opening line of Rob’s verse, “Now I don’t need no wack motherf*ckers gassing me up”. The instrumental is boom-bap reminiscent with epic synths, horns and a dope bassline driving it! The hook features scratches done by Dj Law!
The music video was directed by DaKidT and USOM FILMS. Rob and Halfcut are seen performing at different settings with the video alternating between colored scenes and black and white scenes. Very professionally done! Shout out to Rob Roy and Halfcut on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
Tony Toosick, whose no stranger to the YYC Hip-hop scene, is back with a street banger for the squad! Assisted by fellow vet Cloude, “Hooligans” deliveries! The record is a stern warning to all the fake ones to know their place. Tony ends the hook saying “You ain’t put in work, I couldn’t cuff you”, insinuating he could never trust or aliy with such a person. Both Tony and Cloude spit cold verses reflecting on their gritty past. Overall a solid record!
The video, directed by Eight4 Visuals, is a stunning piece of work. With dope scenes of Boxer Steve Claggett training in the gym, Tony and the gang looking fly and even a clip of a well executed dunk lol! This makes for a very motivational video to check out with the homies! Shout out to Tony Toosick & Cloude on a dope record! Check them out on IG: https://www.instagram.com/tonytoosick/ & https://www.instagram.com/cloudeforever/ !
YYC MC Cloude dropped a single! “We Came from the Trenches” is featured on his new release “Out Of Love To Give” An 8 track album released on November 2nd 2020. Available on Spotify soundcloud and apple music. The visuals are on point with the opening bar “I pray to God the almighty father that they don’t come and get us”, as he’s stood in a church looking for protection knowing life on road can get you in sticky situations. With his outfits matching the different scenes as it cuts from the church to the graveyard, giving the visuals dope contrasts between the scenes. The Simplicity of the video mixed with the lyrics get the point across, you can hear the pain and rawness in Cloude’s voice and lyrics. “It’s cold in these streets, it’s fucking depressing can someone love us” this line hits hard and is just straight to the point and honest. Between the production lyrics and video everything fits together seamlessly. Cloude is one to watch on the come up. His Instagram account is: @cloudeforever check him out give him a follow!
The music video was shot, directed and edited by 99.Films who is based out of Regina, SK. Putting the video together with clean and clear images. Using the tones and colours of the background and lighting to create the feeling and mood of Cloude’s emotions. With the holy cross overlapping certain parts of the scenes. And touches like the news papers, and don’t cross this line tape helping paint the picture of the track and tie everything together. Check him out on Instagram: @99.films. Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
10. Rise – Polo Sho
YYC MC Polo Sho is back with a new single! Y’all know I have to give a breakdown for a new song of mine! “Rise” is a motivational record I wrote earlier this year to remind myself that; regardless of current adversities, I am still going to weather through and make it in the rap game. In my first verse I rap, “Had to call on my mom, I was really on the news” to refer to my CTV News coverage in February which was for my crowdfunding campaign which raised $5,000 towards my debut studio album “Determination” (Out November 30th). As that was a milestone in my career, I highlighted it in the song to show that I am on my way to the top. In the hook I rap, “Yo I ain’t stopping till I reach the damn top”, to make it known that I will keep going till my goal is reached. The instrumental is synth based and driven by a knocking boom-bap beat and sub bassline!
The music video was shot, directed and edited by, rising Videographer on the YYC Hip-Hop scene, Eighty4 Visuals. It’s set mainly in a track field and Fish Creek Provincial Park. I am seen performing my lyrics and doing various physical exercises which include running, long-jumping and biking. Training vigorously throughout the video is a metaphor for me working to make it in the rap game. At the end of the video I am seen worn out and overlooking the city with a downtown Calgary view to represent the come up. Very professionally done! Shout out to Polo Sho on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
11. Moves – Sinzere
YYC Rapper Sinzere is back with another fire single! “Moves” is an anthem about staying on your grind and is also a dope record for dancers to get down too. In her first verse Sinzere raps, “I been working I been working I ain’t taking no breaks” and in the hook she raps, “I got the moves, I got the moves”. These bars reflect her come up and hustle as an independent artist on the YYC Hip-Hop scene. The instrumental is synth based with a hard trap-influenced beat!
The music video was shot and directed by Fang He and Sinzere herself. It’s set in Eighty Eight Brewery and made to look like Sinzere works there. It features scenes of Sinzere working the bar, performing and dancing. There are also choreographed dance scenes from some beautiful female dancers featured in the video. Very professionally done! Shout out to Sinzere on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC R&B Vocalist Miss Benzo is back with a new single! On “Patience” Miss Benzo reminds us that sometimes it isn’t easy to let go of something so important but in doing so, that is our patience. In the music video description she writes, “We need to be able to rectify what we can and cannot handle or change in this world, you cannot change God’s plan, but you can choose the path, you take and the choices that you make to determine what fate will become of your being”. In the bridge/chorus Miss Benzo sings, “You never really know if you let it go right before you blow, so I say patience”. The instrumental is Neo soul and has a vintage aesthetic to it. It’s downtempo, featuring piano, drums and a smooth bassline which all complement Miss Benzo’s singing perfectly!
The music video was shot and directed by Matthew Sichkaruk. It features solo scenes of Miss Benzo performing in different settings around the city. In one setting she is seen wearing a dress in a field with Calgary’s downtown skyline behind her. Very professionally done! Shout out to Miss Benzo on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
13. Go – Sinzere
Caught on to YYC Rapper Sinzere when she killed her opening set for YBN Cordae’s show last year at Palace! Her single “Go” is a revolutionary message urging her people to unite and move into action! Sinzere not only speaks to black people but to all people to help educate non-blacks on the significance of BLM. Quotables from the song; “What happens to a system when the police are the tyrants and the people turn to violence? Uprising, Revolution on the horizon”. On the record Sinzere spits lyrical conscious bars for 5 minutes straight over a hard ass beat! We have it listed as #4 on our “20 Best YYC Hip-Hop Songs Of 2020 So Far”!
The music video was directed by Samcruzfilms. It is set in one location with the Calgary Tower visible in the background and features scenes of Sinzere performing with a posse behind her. Everyone in the video is wearing all black and the background is in black and white. Very professionally done! Shout out to Sinzere on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
Mayal is a YYC Rapper who has been putting in work on the scene! On his single “16 Deep” he is assisted by fellow YYC Rapper Kuya Jerzey. The song is a motivational record and is a straight banger! In the hook Mayal raps, “we been through it all, no turning back yeah, if I ever leave I’m coming back”. Both Mayal and Kuya spit verses with braggadocious flows showcasing their skills and asserting their confidence that they are up next. The instrumental is dark and trap influenced, definitely bangs! We have it listed as #12 on our “20 Best YYC Hip-Hop Songs Of 2020 So Far”!
The music video, which was directed by IgnjaticStudios, is dimly lit which fits the vibe of the record perfectly. Mayal and Kuya are seen performing and turning up to their banger in different settings. Very professionally done! Shout out to Mayal and Kuya Jerzey on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC MC Lyrique is a vet on the Calgary Hip-hop scene! His new release “Smoke Break” is an ode to Mary Jane and is definitely a vibe to kickback and smoke to. In the first verse Lyrique raps “Lemme lick it for you, lemme pack it up tight”, referencing marijuana like a female is a theme he continues throughout the song cleverly. The instrumental is downtempo and jazzy with hard kicks driving it! We have it listed as #5 on our “20 Best YYC Hip-Hop Songs Of 2020 So Far”!
The music video was directed by Oliver Banyard. It features scenes of Lyrique smoking a j and performing with very trippy visual effects throughout. There are also cameo dance scenes performed by Kirstin Wilson. The video does a great job of making you feel as if you’re on a trip with Lyrique. Very professionally done! Shout out to Lyrique on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
16. Wait – GunzoSG
YYC MC GunzoSG dropped a new single, “Wait”, ready for streaming on Spotify! Go support the movement! This track is hard straight out the gate, giving 403 that drill sound. I’ve been waiting for this video to drop! @cloudeforever has been promoting this through his Instagram account, and he made a cameo in the video too. Between the beat and Gunzosg’s cadence bouncing off the grimey bass and dark keys, the tone has been set and this is slime certified. GunzoSG sounds authentic and gritty, this is the first track I’ve heard from this YYC artist. If this is what he’s got to offer, then let’s hope he keeps up the work rate and keeps putting out heavy drill hits like this one! Check out his Instagram account: @gunzosg
The music video was shot and edited by Eighty4 Visuals. This video is raw and fits this track flawlessly. They go together like a Jadakiss & Styles P collab track. I wouldn’t want to see this video any other way. No nice cars, no flexing just GunzoSG and his team letting you know you can get all the smoke. From the local store to the apartment buildings, they are holding down. Dope to see his crew in the video throwing up and representing for GunzoSG’s music. The effects add some nice touches to the video without it being overproduced. The energy is present and the visuals get the point across! Check out his Instagram account: @eighty4visuals. Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC MC Cloude dropped another single! “Social Anxiety”, The second single and video release off his album “Out Of Love To Give”, Available on Spotify & Apple music (links are in the youtube video description). This is my second review on Cloude now, I discovered his work when I wrote my first piece for yychiphopdaily. He’s a talented artist and one of my favorites on the come up. The project that this track is attached to is a solid body of work so I have to support the project as a music lover and fan of his work. Anxiety is becoming more common in our day to day lives with our daily conversations and friendships so this track hits home for me on a personal level. He uses the lines “Overthinking and speaking it’s hard to have a discussion” and “I haven’t slept in somedays I feel like a zombie”. These lines are truthful and show vulnerability which sheds a different light on Cloude’s ability and versatility as a writer. His penmanship is always on point and the beat and production are crystal clear. The touches with the ad libs and reverb on the track add the effect that the words he’s saying are thoughts in his head, questioning his own insecurities and anxiety issues. I highly rate and recommend taking the time out of your day to listen to this song and album. Shining light onto the issue in his own way, might give you some perspective into how people feel going through these trials and tribulations. I took this from his video description for a little extra insight: “Social anxiety disorder – An anxiety disorder characterized by persistent, intense anxiety or fear of social settings which one might become the focus of attention. People with this disorder fear that they will be negatively evaluated by others, either for showing signs of anxiety or for other reasons. Also called social phobia”. Another talented artist in the YYC worth giving a listen to! His Instagram account is: @cloudeforever. Check out Cloude and give him a follow!
The music video was shot, directed and edited by Eightyfourvisuals. This video is dark and gloomy. It helps create the darkness that would plague the mind having mental health battles. Opening with an emergency access road sign for some subliminal messaging that it’s a hard road to travel having anxiety. Going back and forth from Cloude’s couch, to the different areas of the building he resides in and struggles to leave on a daily basis. Having this conversation in his head which he is saying out loud with the lyrics. I’m not sure if the crutches he’s using in the video are props or he actually needs them right now. Because they create a nice touch making me think as a viewer that the crutches are holding him back like his social anxiety and he uses his anxiety as a crutch. This is just a speculation but I’m feeling it. The hallway shots and low lighting in this video are dope. From the elevator to what looks like an underground parkade, Cloude is showing you his home is his personal prison where he’s trapped by his anxiety. Eightyfourvisuals is always putting in the work and he made this video simple and complex all in one. Creating the mood and feelings with the lighting and shadows, putting together another solid video for a dope record. Check the video director out on Instagram: @eightyfourvisuals. Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC R&B Vocalist Kuzi Cee is back with a new single! Assisted by fellow YYC MC Shea Michael, “Say Something” is about a relationship with a difficult lover. In the chorus Kuzi sings “why you treat me like nothing, say something baby”. Both Kuzi and Shea’s verses are about experiences with difficult lovers. The instrumental has a smooth R&B vibe, it’s downtempo, synth heavy and driven by banging drums!
The music video was directed by Cordell Jomha. It features lone scenes of Kuzi performing in a downtown apartment, on a rooftop and while driving through the city. The video is moody and does a great job of making you feel as if you’re in Kuzi’s head going through a heartbreak with him. Very professionally done! Shout out to Kuzi Cee and Shea Michael on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC Rapper Shoota is back with a new single! “Net Banger” is a street banger calling out all the fake ones. On the hook Shoota raps, “We don’t f*ck with fakes, you n*ggas banging on the net”. On the record Shoota spits two cold verses, kicking gritty street bars to contrast that he isn’t a “Net Banger”. The instrumental is a banging trap-influenced beat accentuated by dark spooky synths!
The music video was shot and directed by Alp Ardic. It features scenes of Shoota with the gang performing in different settings around the city. The video also features a fleet of performance cars provided by YYC car crews Street Bully, Staggered Concepts and Finesse Em Auto Club. Very professionally done! Shout out to Shoota on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC R&B vocalist New Saint is back with a new relationship cut for the summer! Assisted by fellow YYC R&B vocalist Nick Wise, “Over It” is a song about letting go and moving on from a failed relationship. In the hook, New Saint sings “don’t say you’ll stay here in my bed, don’t waste my time, I’m over it”. Both New Saint and Nick sing verses detailing their failed relationships and how they are “over it” now. The instrumental, courtesy of BlackMayo, is trap-influenced and bouncy, it features synths and bright bells which make the record sound dreamy! We have it listed as #14 on our “20 Best YYC Hip-Hop Songs Of 2020 So Far”!
In the music video, directed by JVis Production, both New Saint and Nick are seen in a park on a sunny day, vibing and performing their song with the Calgary skyline in the background. Very professionally done and fits the song perfectly! Shout out to New Saint and Nick Wise on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC Rapper Mino Ceaz is back with a new single! “Fashion” is a braggadocious banger about staying fly. On the hook Mino raps, “Don’t know a thing about Fashion, I like how it drip on my body”. On the record Mino spits one bar-heavy verse, kicking slick bars like “I got the green, I don’t got a lantern” and “Nigga fuck fashion, I just want a crib”, driving the point that he’s more focused on his bag than fashion trends. The instrumental is piano based with a bumping trap-influenced beat!
The music video was shot and directed by Ajay Birdi. It’s set in a photography studio (Pulse Studios) and made to look like a photoshoot is in progress. It features scenes of Mino performing in different outfits with two beautiful models. Very professionally done! Shout out to Mino Ceaz on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
YYC Rapper R1CO is back with a new music video and banger! Assisted by fellow YYC Rapper Walo, “Fendi” is a song about dripping and staying on your grind. In the hook, R1CO raps “come up on you rocking Fendi, you want trouble we got plenty”. In the verses R1CO and Walo flex their hustling lifestyle and how they are going to keep winning. The trap-influenced instrumental is courtesy of TR The Producer and features guitars, synths and banging 808s!
The music video was directed by Mactabilis and was also exclusively released on his YouTube channel. Both R1CO and Walo are seen performing at different settings in NorthEast Calgary. The visuals do a great job of capturing the energy of the record perfectly! Shout out to R1CO and Walo on a dope record! Show some love to the artists! Give them a follow and add this song to your playlists! Let’s grow YYC Hip-hop!
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