Event Recap | Marc E. Bassy & Rexx Life Raj Take Over San Diego

At the end of 2017, Marc E. Bassy unveiled his latest album titled Gossip Columns. With several features from contemporaries and frequent collaborators G-EazyKehlani, and KYLE, the San Francisco-based singer-songwriter channels a blend of R&B pop.

On the heels of touring with Ty Dolla $ign, Marc kept the ball rolling with a series of headline dates in support of his most recent project. Setting the stage each night was W&V favorite and fellow Bay Area rep Rexx Life Raj, who has been garnering his own success with Father Figure 2: Fluorish from last November. Rexx opened the night with tracks from both installments of Father Figure, winning over the crowd with his mellow and introspective raps.

Marc closed the night with a series of tracks from Gossip Columns and Groovy People, alongside some unreleased tracks. With the crowd singing along to every word, Marc and Rexx truly brought the heart of the Bay to SoCal. Check out a few photos and their recent releases below.

Don’t Sleep Vol. 1 | Music Videos

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This past week has definitely been another one for the books. Amidst albums from Kali UchisSaba, and ODIE just to name a few, many W&V favorites also shared new sets of visuals for us to enjoy. To help sift through all the dope stuff that dropped, below are five music videos you should definitely peep.


Duckwrth – “TAMAGOTCHI”

Duckwrth is a natural bundle of energy that’s well on his way to getting the recognition he deserves. In the Lino Asana-directed video, the purveyor of funkwave whips through the Mojave flexing his control of the rap game in the latest set of visuals from his XTRA UUGLY mixtape. “Tamagotchi” is perfect for both open road cruising and no holds barred mosh pits.


Sylvan LaCue – “Empathy” (ft. BJRNCK)

Sylvan LaCue is a well-seasoned warrior in the rap game. Earlier this year, the Miami-raised artist unveiled his Apologies In Advance album, guiding listeners through a spectrum of emotions through his skills on the mic and on the boards. “Empathy” is another snapshot from the story brought to life by his right-hand director Jonathan Benavente. Topped off with silky vocals with BJRNCK, this is another beautifully crafted video from the WiseUp crew.


Little Simz – “Morning” (ft. Swooping Duck)

From touring with Gorillaz to her own headlining tour next month, Little Simz has kept busy spreading good vibes all around. King Simbi gives us a peak at tour life in “Morning,” which features her venting over jazzy rhythms from Australia’s own Swooping Duck. Directors Versetti and Jeremy Cole, If you haven’t already, be sure to peep the deluxe version of Stillness In Wonderland.


Ciscero – “Function” (ft. GoldLink, April George, Cheakity)

With his Devil’s Pie EP on the way, Ciscero is back with the latest visuals from the project. Director Michael Bregenzer gives “Function” a truly cinematic feel that captures the harsh truth of the DMV streets when a seemingly fun night turns sour. Ciscero, April George, and Cheakity highlight their sonic chemistry over production from Supah Mario. Also be sure to check out the original track featuring a verse from GoldLink.


Gallant – “Gentleman”

Gallant has been fairly quiet in terms of releases since his stellar Ology album dropped back in 2016, but the Los Angeles crooner returns with another spine-chilling release. “Gentleman” is equal parts sensual and alluring that we love from Gallant, oozing with unfiltered passion. Director Sasha Samsonova paints Gallant in a steel blue hue as he delivers an echoing falsetto that’s sure to have you grooving along.

Elujay Shares Fun Video For “Golden”

Elujay crafts a refreshing blend of soul, funk, and hip-hop that permeates throughout each track. The Oakland artist dropped his Jentrify album back in 2016, cementing his spot as one of the most promising artists of the Bay Area. Following shows with the likes of Xavier Omär, GoldLink, and Bibi Bourelly, Elu is currently working on a new project titled Avnt Garde.

As one of my personal favorites, “Golden” demonstrates his ability to create a feel-good vibe over stacked production from JULiA LEWiS, Kev Choice, and Chris McClenney. Teaming up with director Calmatic and All Def Music, Elu takes on the role of an old man fed up with a malfunctioning television and music blasting through the speakers upstairs to bring the track to life with a truly fun and exciting video.

Check out the video for “Golden” below.

Rejjie Snow Is From Another Planet In “Egyptian Luvr”

Back in February, Dublin talent Rejjie Snow dropped off his debut album Dear Annie. With features from the likes of Cam O’biAnna of the North, and Jesse Boykins III, the extensive 20-track outing combined the eccentric textures we’ve grown to love from Rejjie to solidify his slot in the current music scene.

As the lead single from the album, “Egyptian Luvr” enlists Aminé and Dana Williams for an extraterrestrial adventure. Star-studded production from Kaytranada matches effortless verses from Rejjie and Aminé, united by Dana’s smooth vocal work on the hook. Director Martin Pariseau brings the track to life as the trio leads a journey across the city.

Check out the video for “Egyptian Luvr” below.

ODIE Recruits Yaqob For “Night Terrific!”

From tracks like “Little Lies” to “North Face,” Toronto-born artist ODIE is proving to be a talented star in the making. His angelic sound is often paired with drifting synths and dainty percussion to envelope listeners in a dreamy soundscape.

ODIE returns to our site with a new single titled “Night Terrific!” featuring Yaqob. His latest release stands as a peak from his forthcoming Analogue album and is another intimate treat for fans to vibe with. ODIE and Yaqob craft an entrancing reminder to live in the moment that leaves us excited to hear the full album.

Stream “Night Terrific!” below and expect Analogue on April 6.

Jay Prince Drops New Double Single “In The Morning / Motion”

W&V favorite Jay Prince continue to grow his strength on the mic and on the boards. The London artist dropped his hard-hitting Late Summers mixtape last year, standing as a sonic treat topped with features from AminéMahalia, and more.

Fresh off his SXSW run, Jay is back with his first release of the year, “In The Morning / Motion.” The double single opens with upbeat and feel good vibes that kick off the summertime early before slowing down the pace in the second track. Jay highlights his dynamic flow with his taste for a wide range of beats, surely on the way to another banner year.

Stream both tracks below.

Sángo & Smino Reunite For “Khlorine”

Sángo continues to impress fans with his innovative production that blends hip-hop, electronic, and the sounds of Brazil. Soulection‘s rep from Seattle has produced for the likes of Bryson Tiller and Xavier Omär, constantly evolving his sound with each cut.

On the heels of “Sweet Holy Honey,” Sángo returns with the next single from his forthcoming album In The Comfort Of titled “Khlorine.” Also along for the ride is St. Louis contemporary Smino, coming through with his punchy flow. It’s always a special treat when Sángo and Smi link up—their latest collab is no exception.

Stream “Khlorine” below and expect In The Comfort Of on March 16.

Lou Phelps Recruits Jazz Cartier & Kaytranada For “Come Inside”

It’s been just under a year since the world heard Lou Phelps‘ 001: Experiments 001 tape, an impressive project showcasing his versatility alongside the likes of Innanet JamesBishop Nehru, and more. Since then, the Montreal artist has blessed us with a few features and mixes leading into the new year.

Phelps is back on our site today with “Come Inside,” a nostalgic trip featuring production from his blood brother Kaytranada and Toronto emcee Jazz Cartier. The trio of talent combines elements of disco, funk, and hip-hop to create a refreshing and upbeat tune. With a catchy hook, suave verses, and a steady beat, this is a sonic treat you don’t want to miss.

Stream “Come Inside” below.

Topaz Jones Shares Groovy Tracks “Nectar” & “Pleasure Pain Passion”

Back in 2016, Topaz Jones emerged into the scene with his funk-filled Arcade album, a ten-track outing featuring talent from Pell and Leven Kali. Since then, Topaz has continued to bless us with goodies including his COLORS performance and recent double single with “Toothache” and “Zoom.”

The Montclair artist is back this week with another pair of saucy tracks, “Nectar” and “Pleasure Pain Passion.” Topaz delivers some seriously groovy vibes over production from himself, Jack Hallenbeck, and Thelonious Martin. Topped off with a silky verse from KAMAU, the bundle of talents creates two infectious tunes sure to have you vibing along.

Stream both songs below.

Saba Vents On New Track “Busy”

In 2016, Saba dropped one of my favorite albums to date titled Bucket List Project. The Chicago artist solidified his spot in the music scene, especially with standout tracks like “Stoney” and “World In My Hands.” As one of the most talented in Chicago and beyond, Saba continues to bolster his ballistic flow and clever lyricism.

Saba returns to our site with his latest track, “Busy.” Standing as one of his most introspective tracks to date, Saba touches upon everything from trust issues and mental health to maintaining relationships and tour life. Fleeting melodies from DaouddaedaePIVOT, and Saba himself are brought to life in a set of elegant visuals from director Peter Campbell.

With his ability to captivate listeners with his skilled pen, Saba is sure to have another great year ahead. In the meantime, check out the video for “Busy” below and grab tickets to his upcoming Care For Me tour.

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