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Friday, February 10, 2012

Local Rap Video Roundup: Too $hort Clowns around with Wallpaper. and More

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Too $hort gets silly in "Double Header."
  • Too $hort gets silly in "Double Header."

Too $hort is firing off a battery of new videos to support his forthcoming No Trespassing album. The first, "Money On The Floor" (with E-40) revisits a familiar booty-shaking theme (albeit with stunningly cinematic new angles), while "Hey," with Silk-E, showcases an almost romantic vibe that is never present in his visual work. He's promised that "Money On The Floor" will be the only video with the typical clichés, and delivered on that vow with the latest, "Double Header."

Featuring an unlikely collaborator in wacky Oakland crunk-pop artist Wallpaper., the two don clown makeup (!) as director Joslyn Rose Lyons sets their curiously Cosby-riddled rhyme to circus fun house effects:

Double is where it's at right now, it seems. San Francisco's BPos just dropped this charming video for "Double Trouble" in which MCs Goodword and D-Wiz and DJ Johnny Venetti star in their own action comic come to life that introduces their artistic perspective as well as their extended One League Entertainment family. The short story fades out with a sweet tribute to the Original Double Trouble from New York: LicnsePl8Radlr at Nothing Can Save You tipped us off to "Handsome," a new video from San Jose-based rapper Antwon. He's got the self-esteem of a young Biggie, and if you're of a certain age the sway of the beats might recall a vintage Al B. Sure, yet he still manages to create something that's his own. Fly shoes, too: This week, Thizzler on the Roof served up a visual teaser for the Photosynthesis mixtape by East Oakland's Wordup. He spits an uplifting "Bobcat Freestyle" over a dreamy beat in downtown Oakland. "It represents my melanin, my skin, absorbing the sun rays," he says of Photosynthesis, "and from there on creating oxygen for you to breathe and think clearly." Vallejo's Krypto and Oakland's Los Rakas, who all share Panamanian roots, have this week's most international Bay Area rap video with "Gyangsta," a collaboration with Pittsburg rapper The Jacka. So smooth, we could easily hear this booming from cars cruising South Florida beaches:

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