I’m From Cleveland has compiled a list of 50 very dope videos released in 2016 by Cleveland rappers and singers. You’ve most likely heard of many of these artists. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if you got hip to some new ones too!
There is no particular order in this list, it’s simply a collection of dope videos that we think people should be hip to! Check it out below!
Machine Gun Kelly ft. Camila Cabello – Bad Things
Machine Gun Kelly tops off the list of best videos with the biggest song he’s released during his entire career. It features Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello whose vocals perfectly compliment the Young Gunner’s. The pair have seen amazing success as the song charted #1 on iTunes, and even rose into Billboard’s Top 10.
Ezzy – Goodbye
Ezzy‘s song and video for “Goodbye” come off of the tracklist for the movie The Land, which was a Sundance Festival favorite before releasing in select theaters during the summer of 2016. The story that Ezzy is able to tell about where he grew up and his aspirations for a better life will touch viewers’ hearts in ways that many other artists are failing to do nowadays.
Kid Cudi ft. Pharrell Williams – Surfin’
“Surfin” was among the first singles that Kid Cudi released from his album Passion, Pain, and Demon Slayin. Pharrell produced the track, and also offers vocals towards the end of the song. The star-studded video includes cameos from A$AP Rocky, Willow & Jaden Smith, and fellow Cleveland rapper King Chip.
Marcus Alan Ward – Little Sunshine
The creativity of Marcus Alan Ward is hard to match. He’s an artist that never fails to deliver amazingly eccentric content. The beauty of the song “Little Sunshine” is represented by black-and-white visuals that jump around the screen as he sings and plays his guitar.
Ripp Flamez – Wavez
“Wavez” reached over 1 million streams on Spotify in 2016. The video takes Ripp Flamez outside of Cleveland where the sun shines often and there are views of the ocean waves splashing on the shore, perfectly matching the vibes of the track.
King Chip – Brand New Hoes
King Chip only dropped two official videos during 2016. “Brand New Hoes” is undeniably comedic and brilliant. Chip showcases his ability to rap (as opposed to his often-showcased singing skills) while keeping viewers extremely entertained. The other video he released is called “Destroy,” and it features Fredo Santana.
Rob Roa – Rehab With Johnny
Lil Cray – I Got It
“I Got It” was one of Lil Cray‘s more popular songs, but he had many of them! It was the perfect track to create a video for, as they use a Purge-themed concept which matches the lyrics to the song.
Shawn Reyez – Breaking News
Shawn Reyez is arguably the least-known artist among the others in this article. Why? We have no idea! In a city like Cleveland, which no one can deny faces daily struggles, we need leaders to stand up and speak on issues that can advance the well-being of all our lives. He addresses how a real man provides for his family, some of the struggles living in the hood, and much more.
Ray Jr. – Biggie
Ray Jr.’s hit “Biggie” saw most of its success in 2015, but the video was released this past year. The song was a true anthem as it got put into rotation on Shade 45 and radio stations across the US. It also received over 1,000,000 plays on his Soundcloud. There’s denying the success of this track and video.