Talib Kweli wants you to know where he stands. Hint: look up.
There's no doubting Talib Kweli's lyrical style makes him one of the greats. But just in case you need a visual reminder, the man's bringing it with his video for "Upper Echelon." The mind-melting video's puzzle-piece edits bring together live footage and shots of the MC spitting to the cameras, with Kweli even dropping some 3-D footage as he swags out in movie-theater glasses. (Shout out to "The Hobbit"!)
Watch Talib Kweli's "Upper Echelon" video after the jump.
Midwest trio ON AN ON (Nate Eiesland, Alissa Ricci, and Ryne Estwing) get all arsony with their fiery video for "The Hunter."
ON AN ON's "The Hunter" video just dropped, and the Isaac Gale/Dan Huiting-directed clip (Huiting's behind Bon Iver's "Beth/Rest" and "Calgary" videos) is either a mesmerizing sepia-toned look at a gutter-punk party (complete with metal-dude hair-whipping and not giving a single, solitary f***), found footage of the mid-'80s U.K. miners' strike, or an inside look at a skateboarding-head-banger Burning Man subculture I was totally unaware of. You decide.
Pick up ON AN ON's haltingly unaffected, washed-out debut album Give In (think Sleigh Bells meets The Beta Band) when it drops next week, and see why the Buzzworthy favorite (we premiered "The Hunter" back in November 2012) just nabbed a highly justified spot on this year's Governor's Ball lineup.
+ Watch ON AN ON's "The Hunter" video.
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Justin Timberlake shows off his beauty routine in the full-length "Suit & Tie" lyric video.
Remember how excited you got yesterday after watching a preview for Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie Featuring Jay-Z" lyric video? You know, the one that let you (legally and without judgment, we might add!) watch Justin Timberlake getting dressed? (Oh, you're still watching? No worries -- we'll wait.) But you might want to switch gears to the full-length "Suit & Tie" lyric video, which as promised, has officially dropped today! And guess what? You can continue to watch JT get dressed (#NotComplaining), only this time, Justin walks us through even more crucial elements to his beauty routine, like getting a close shave and having his hair did, for example. We also get a good look at JT's decision-making process for picking out JUST the right tie to go with his matching cuff links. And yes, we know -- we're we're basically living vicariously through Jessica Biel's actual life (we imagine she's his IRL go-to "tie picker"), but it's OK -- we're working through our jealousy as we speak.
Watch Justin Timberlake's "Suit & Tie Featuring Jay-Z" lyric video after the jump!
Electric Guest dance their way to the top in "The Bait."
Retro-funk duo Electric Guest have a flair for the dramatic. Maybe they've spent too much time hanging out in the L.A. acting scene, or maybe they just really enjoy reliving awkward school plays, but judging by their previous clip for "This Head I Hold" and their newest for "The Bait" (both tracks appear on the band's debut album, Mondo), all we know for sure is that this band just wants to dance. Like, A LOT.
Watch Electric Guest's "The Bait" video after the jump.
"The Voice" Season 1 contestant Casey Desmond tries to break a "Bad Habit."
You might recognize Casey Desmond's mug from Season 1 of "The Voice." The multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, remix engineer, and fashion designer (because crafting and designing your own costumes = #Superwoman) was a proud member of team Adam Levine. Although she was eliminated (is it too late to petition for a recount?), Casey's been werquing it as a solo artist ever since, which is why we're openly bragging over here (sorry/ not sorry!) since we're premiering her new video, "Bad Habit."
Watch Casey Desmond's "Bad Habit" video after the jump.
Zedd provides the electro soundtrack for Foxes to beckon her dude halfway around the world.
Zedd, international DJ, producer, musician, destroyer and maker of beats, and one of our 2013 Artists To Watch, cut his teeth the way any EDM superstar should -- by creating an endless stream of original jams and remixes, turning stadiums into dance parties, and getting in good with Lady Gaga. (That last one pretty much ALWAYS works, by the way, but like, nice work if you can get it, you know?) Two of his remixes were featured on the special edition of Gaga's Born This Way album, and we'll see if his work with Gaga ends up on ARTPOP.
In his brand-new "Clarity" video -- it's the title track of his debut album and features Foxes -- two lovers want so badly to be together but... something just keeps them apart. (Been there, brother!)
Watch Zedd's "Clarity" video featuring Foxes after the jump.
Robert DeLong is a one-man band, dance party, and philosopher in his latest video, "Global Concepts."
Robert DeLong is a DIY kind of dude. With his ethereal brand of EDM, Robert infuses synth, jazz, pop, and even dubstep all into one decidedly, defiantly danceable amalgam. Using drums, keyboards, laptops, drum pads, and pretty much anything else he can get his hands on, Robert creates ornate jams, bafflingly, all on his own. But he's not just about the beats -- he puts his singer/songwriter abilities on proud display in his "Global Concepts" video, Robert posits that music and dance are what unites us all (and as someone who loves a good dance party I can't say I disagree with the man).
Watch Robert DeLong's "Global Concepts" video after the jump.
Allen Stone just wants some "Sleep" in his brand-new video.
With so much emphasis placed on EDM in the past year or two (don't get it twisted, we love a club banger as much as the next girl in neon bikini bottoms), perhaps it's not surprising that we're also seeing a return to more "traditional" musicians who draw on the "realness" of soul, Motown, gospel, and country (SEE: banjo, the). Quickly rising to the top of the new sincerity pack is 24-year-old rural Washington-grown funky troubadour Allen Stone, whose new video for “Sleep” is a quick primer in what all the fuss is about.
Watch the premiere of Allen Stone's "Sleep" after the jump.
Check out Kris Menace's dance-driven "Lone Runner" video.
Some tracks are so hot that you have to keep dancing no matter how stank your sweat situation has become. The club could be closing and the sun's coming up, your friends are all leaving, and a ghost fog is enveloping the Earth (DAMN IT, MAYANS!) and turning that spooky barn you were hanging out in into a rainbow of otherwordly isolation. That's what happens in German electro-house superstar Kris Menace's "Lone Runner" video (minus the Mayan apocalypse), but NBD, who hasn't been in that situation before?
Watch Kris Menace's "Lone Runner" video featuring Unai after the jump.
Watch E.B. Wright's new "What I Wanna Do" video. Did we mention she's Eazy-E's daughter?
Guys, meet E.B. Wright. But when we say "meet," we actually kinda mean "meet again," because you may already recognize her for several reasons: First, E.B. is the daughter of the late Eazy-E, and second, she's a familiar MTV face, having already appeared on "My Super Sweet 16" and later, on "My Super Sweet 16 Presents Exiled," in which E.B. was exiled to the countryside of Mongolia to live as a nomad. Yep, Eazy-E's daughter spent time living as a nomad -- that's a real thing that I'd like to ask her about. Third, we recently previewed her forthcoming "What I Wanna Do" video, and now, we've got the entire thing for you to check out right now. #ThankUsLater. (Drake reference definitely intended.)
Watch E.B. Wright's "What I Wanna Do" video after the jump.