Don’t Sleep Vol. 1 | Music Videos

[Cover image shot by Cam Robert]

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.


Sylvan LaCue’s Embraces Vulnerability With ‘Apologies In Advance’

From his impressive pen game to equally captivating production skills, Sylvan LaCue does it all. The Miami, FL rep has spent the last two year holding us down with tracks like “Best Me” and “Grateful.” The series of golden self-produced singles segued into Sylvan’s latest album titled Apologies In Advance.

The combo of nine interludes and twelve tracks frames the previous singles in a greater picture modeled after an AA meeting. However, instead of combatting alcoholism, each of the attendees confront their emotional hardships. As each song feeds seamlessly into the next, Sylvan urges listeners to embrace and evolve from vulnerability. Topped with features from Javonte and BJRNCK, Sylvan travels through a spectrum of internal conflicts, unraveling them layer by layer in a beautifully-crafted experience.

Before you dive into the album, make sure you also watch the accompanying short film, “Apology Accepted.”

Sylvan LaCue Shares Beacon Of Hope “Selfish”

Sylvan LaCue is keeping his self-produced run alive and well with his latest track titled “Selfish.” For the next preview of his forthcoming Apologies In Advance album, Sylvan reunites with director Jonathan Benavente to create another set of graceful visuals. Sylvan reminds listeners of the importance of self-care and how often times shared love for others comes at the expense of our own health.

Alongside the video, Sylvan also unveiled a heartfelt interview with Akaash Sharma, where he delves deeper into his departure from Visionary Music Group, battles with depression, and more.

Check out the video for “Selfish” below and revisit his previous single “Guilt Trip.”

Sylvan LaCue Goes All In With “Guilt Trip”

Sylvan LaCue is racking up his wins this summer with another heater titled “Guilt Trip.” The latest track from his forthcoming Apologies In Advance album has a darker tone than previous singles like “Best Me” and “Grateful,” showcasing his versatility from a different angle. Throughout the self-produced tune, Sylvan flexes his skills with the pen and on the boards as he reminds us that “we all struggle between what’s right and what’s wrong.” After a brief interlude, he amps the energy even further as the cherry on top for the Jonathan Benvente-directed video.

Peep “Guilt Trip” below and stay tuned for more on Apologies In Advance.

Sylvan LaCue Counts His Blessings On “Grateful”

Following the dreamy video for “Best Me,” Sylvan LaCue returns to our pages today with a new single titled “Grateful.” Sylvan counts his blessings throughout the track, detailing battles with self-doubt and striving to appreciate what we already have. Alongside frequent collaborator Wishlade, Sylvan lays a soulful foundation filled with echoing guitar strums and anchored percussion for his similarly agile verses. Sylvan shows no signs of slowing any time soon, leaving us excited to watch his moves in the near future.

Stream “Grateful” below.

Sylvan LaCue Shares Elegant Visuals For “Best Me”

Ahead of touring with Saba next month, Sylvan LaCue returns with the official video for “Best Me.” Sylvan unveiled the track a few months ago as his first self-produced record, segueing into more showcases of his various talents with tracks like “The Truman Show” with Xavier Omär and “Televised” with Rayana Jay.

The visuals follow Sylvan on a trip through the woods as he spills his verses over wispy guitar chords. Director Jonathan Benavente traces Sylvan’s journey with Spike Lee‘s infamous dolly shot, culminating in a beautifully-crafted video that brings the track to life.

Peep “Best Me” and Sylvan’s upcoming tour dates below.


Sylvan LaCue ft. Rayana Jay // “Televised” (Prod. Sylvan LaCue)

Inspired by the results of the recent election, Sylvan LaCue has teamed up with Rayana Jay for a new track titled “Televised.” His latest offering is another exhibition of his vocal and production talents, also standing as his third self-produced release. Echoing the words of Gil Scott Heron, soulful samples and crisp percussion are paired with Sylvan’s powerful verses, topped off with a smooth outro from Rayana.

“Televised” follows “Best Me” and “The Truman Show” with Xavier Omär. Stream the track below and grab tickets to The Loner Tour with Sylvan, Khary, and Elujay.


Sylvan LaCue ft. Xavier Omär // “The Truman Show” (Prod. Sylvan LaCue)

As he gears for his headlining tour next month, Sylvan LaCue has revealed his second self-produced cut, “The Truman Show.” His latest release taps Xavier Omär for a silky cut encouraging listeners to challenge themselves. Their sonic chemistry permeates throughout with a combo of LaCue’s slick verses and Omär’s spellbinding croons.

“The Truman Show” follows Sylvan’s production debut, “Best Me.” Stream the track and peep the dates from The Loner Tour with Khary and Elujay below.


Khary & Lege Kale Recruit Sylvan LaCue For “Find Me” Remix

[Image by Zack Deus]

Earlier this year, Khary dropped one of my favorite projects to date, intern aquarium. As one the lead singles from the collection, “Find Me” serves as the perfect introduction to Captain Yellow Coat. With banging, brass-heavy production from Lege Kale, the cut has garnered several hundred thousand plays across all major streaming platforms, and recently received a proper visual treatment.

As if the track couldn’t get any hotter, Khary and Kale have enlisted talent from Florida’s own Sylvan LaCue to open the remix with confident back-to-back wordplay. Diving into the original heater we’ve memorized the words to, Khary spills introspection as he reflects on his career thus far and aspirations for the future. To top it all off, Kale slows down the tempo for the Swim Team captain to sneak in another aptly braggadocious verse, nothing short of a lyrical middle finger to the nonbelievers.

Stream and download the “Find Me” remix below.

Caleborate Tag Teams With Pell & Sylvan LaCue For “Options”

This time last year, Waffle & Vibes alumni Caleborate dropped his debut album, Hella GoodThe rising Bay Area emcee is carving his own lane in the industry on his road bike, delivering his honest rhymes with inimitable cadence and passion. His vivid storytelling leaves no stone unturned, and has garnered That Black Kid That Raps (TBKTR) the attention of the Bay and beyond.

Fresh off his tour with P-Lo and Noodles, Caleborate is back with his latest single, “Options.” Close collaborator Cal-A, who also produced “Want It All” and “The Juice,” builds a soulful foundation, laced with upbeat percussion and banging 808s. With his 1993 project on the way, TBKTR wastes no time in turning up the heat as he exchanges lines with Pell and Sylvan LaCue. As three of the most promising artists out, the trio details their progression, unparalleled drive, and prospects for the future.

Throw this stacked collab on repeat and expect 1993 on August 29.

Caleborate: Twitter // SoundCloud

Pell: Twitter // SoundCloud

Sylvan LaCue: Twitter // SoundCloud

Cal-A: Twitter // SoundCloud