Gerb’s Music Video Reviews

In this special edition of Gerb’s music reviews, I will dive into my three favorite music videos and how music videos have propelled an artists notoriety.

DaBaby – Bop on Broadway

Charlotte rapper DaBaby has had a huge year in 2019. He has risen up billboard charts, put out an album and has been featured on what seems like every new song of 2019. The rapper has been everywhere and the people are all here for it. The hard hitting beats of Baby, tied with his charismatic personality has propelled him to the top of the rap game and his new music video, Bop on Broadway, has added to his resume of flashy and trendy moves. In Bop on Broadway, there are a series of choreographed dances by a multiple professional dance crews, including the famous jabbawockeez. This alone makes the music video stand out, as other rappers often focus the video round them, or often without with a dance crew around them. Not only is that impressive and unique, but Baby has even created a new viral trend in the video. The “Bop” is now a choreographed dance move that has swept across twitter and even some NFL professionals, such as Odell Beckham Jr., have mastered the dance as well. From swarming across NFL fields to racking up views on youtube, Bop in Broadway has been a massive hit for the Charlotte Rapper.

A$AP Rocky – A$AP Forever

We all know the notoriety and talent of Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, but what makes the artist unlike many is his ability to produce phenomenal music videos. The artist has put out and featured in great music videos such as YAMborghini High, L$D, Fukk Sleep, and many more. While these music videos are worthy of making this list, none can personally outdo the creativity and production of A$AP Forever. What is interesting about the video is that for a majority of the film., it is one continuous shot. Rocky’s production crew has outdone themselves as each shot goes directly into another shot, over and over. This creates for a surprising and unexpected twist on the video every quick second and makes the video a rollercoaster of what to expect next. While this effect can seem to bend your mind and can see confusing at times, it overall makes for a great video the keeps the listener engaged.

A$AP Rocky X Tyler the Creator – Potato Salad

While this video isn’t a cinematic masterpiece by any means, I love this video because it shows the fun and care free personalities of both A$AP Rocky and Tyler. I mean, who doesn’t like to see two of the goofiest rappers in the game spit a freestyle in front of the Eiffel Tower? What I think makes this video very interesting is the lyrics that roll, swipe, and bounce off the screen throughout the video. While I am normally not a fan at all of text hovering over a video, they lyrics are comically and brilliantly edited to fit the word they are affecting, such as the face of Yao Ming popping while the rappers say the word, Yao Ming. It is also enjoyable to watch the two enjoy their time in Paris as they dance and rap infant of traditional French taxis and the Eiffel Tower. This video is very simple and doesn’t have brilliant effects. But, that is a big reason why I love the video, because it is simple yet enjoyable.

Gerb’s Year in Review

in this special addition of Gerb’s weekly music review, I will dive into my top two albums of 2019, alongside my two favorite singles of 2019

2019 has been one heck of a year for the music industry. Some greats have came and gone, such as the rise of Charlotte rapper DaBaby, and the fall of the beloved and inspirational Nipsey Hustle. Other artists such as Kanye West and Tyler the creator have exemplified their music success and knowledge with their new projects in 2019, while others have grouped up to make collaboration albums, such as Beast Coast and Dreamville. There was a lot that went down in 2019, now lets get down to it.

IGOR – Tyler, the creator

Wow. That’s one word to describe Tyler’s most recent album. Igor was an album that changed the industry and changed peoples perspective on him. There are fans who like “Goblin Tyler,” the sound and enigma around one of his earlier projects, a project that is darker and hard hitting. Some others liked “Flower Child Tyler”, as it was more soothing and uplifting, or as some would say emotional. To me, IGOR was the love child of the two albums. The album has its own unique sounds, using synths, heavy autotune and high tech production that makes it sound Futuristic. Another reason this album is one of my favorites for the year is because of the production. The production of this album is nothing but creative. To me, Tyler created a new sounds using all of the resources to his disposal to make an album that will be listened to for time to come.

you can listen to IGOR here:

Escape from New York – Beast Coast

This album takes number two on my list of albums in 2019. While many people still have yet to listen to this massive collaboration album, it provides hits after hits, with every crew member of “beast coast” showing their talents. Many people know about the New York Rap group A$AP Mob, but Beast Coast, a conglomeration of Brooklyn artists such as Joey Bada$$, Flatbush Zombies, Kirk Knight, show why they rival as the best rap group in New York. The album produces the iconic new York rap sound but with a modern twist, putting new sound effects on old rhythms. The album was also slightly hard hitting, with punishing bars coming from each artists. This is expected as we know the lyrical talent and old school flow Joey Bada$$ holds. We also know the deep and deranged sound of Flatbush Zombies. What made this album amazing for me was the surprise factor. I had high anticipation for the album but didn’t think it was going to deliver. Lets just say that I was very wrong.

you can listen to Escape From New York here:

Even if it hurts – Tei Shi ft. Blood Orange

This was one of my choices for favorite singles of 2019 because of my sweet love for blood orange and tei shi. The two have many collaborations in the past, such as “Hope” on Blood Orange’s “Negro Swan,” but this is their best work they have put out yet. The light and lifting sound of the vocals mixed in with beautiful production makes for a smooth and chill listening experience. What makes the sound special is the blend of their voices. Shi and Orange have two harmonious but sharp voices that match perfectly and make for solid music when each is put together. Like many collaborations between the two in the past, this song has it all, beautiful voices and beautiful production.

you can listen to “Even if it Hurts” here:

Mile High – James Blake ft. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin

What made this song crack the top two songs of the year is its reach and creativity. This song alone has broken many industry barriers and sounds. While Blake and Travis have collabed on “Astroworld,” this collaboration adds to the brilliantly crafted music the two have made in the past. I love the fact that Blake has stretched out into a new genre and sound, one that Travis Scott has headlined. Blake has taken the autotune creativity and synth skills to match Scott’s vibe, but he also brings in his own sound. The same goes for Travis. We have seen Blake on Travis’ work but we have not seen Scott on Blake’s music. Travis also delivers on this song as he mellows down his persona to match the slow and scratchy sound that the song brings. Overall the creativity and reach of the song is why I love it so much and why it made my favorite songs of 2019.

you can listen to “Mile High” here: