3TM Year In Review: Best Hip Hop Videos – Jay-Z & Raekwon

Image: Roc Nation/MTV

Mainstream Pick: Jay-Z – Run This Town

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Rather reminicsent of 2pac and Dr. Dre’s classic anarchy-rich 1995 ‘California Love’ video, Jigga’s ‘Run This Town’ was probably the most talked-about video of 2009. Littered with Illuminati references and sybolism, the release served to respark interest in the already saturated Freemasons in Hip Hop discussion. Whether or not the video managed to live up to the elevated expectations, a display of chaos, rebellion and pure, unadulterated ego, ‘Run This Town’ certainly reflects the typical 2009 Hip Hop mentality.


Alternative Pick: Raekwon – House of Flying Daggers

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For those that prefer to shy away from the mainstream, Raekwon’s latest offering Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II represented a beacon of hope for Hip Hop of substance. The animated video for the J.Dilla-produced ‘House of Flying Daggers,’ seemingly inspired by the cult Kung-fu movie ‘Five Deadly Venoms,’ captures the mood and concept of the album to perfection.

Does Jay-Z’s Video Run This Town?

Jay-Z’s latest video for the second single from ‘Blueprint 3’ has premiered on MTV today. ‘Run This Town,’ which features Kanye West and Rihanna, is certainly a statement from President Carter, who is asking fans to ‘pledge allegiance to Roc Nation.’

Whilst the video is hardly groundbreaking, the use of pyrotechnics and edgy attire ensures that much like the song it is a statement to thehip hop world; 3 of the biggest figures in urban music saying ‘we’re here and we run this!’  The video certainly captures the essence of the track and frankly its nice to see a hip hop video that doesn’t rely soley on scantily-clad women and supercars, although the amount of symbolism may end up reigniting the Illuminati in Hip Hop conspiracy talk!

SO does Jay-Z Run This Town? Well, that is surely a question that is best left until ‘Blueprint 3’ drops next month.

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Jay-Z’s Third Blueprint for Brilliance?

There has been much anticipation surrounding the forthcoming Jay-Z album ‘Blueprint 3.’ For many fans that felt ‘Kingdom Come’ was a disappointment, this project marks the return of the passion and hunger that was once characteristic of the hip hop star.

Following the buzz surrounding ‘D.O.A,’ and The Game’s attempts to draw Jigga into a war of words, the already high-profile rapper has become a hot topic in the media. The latest glimpse at his latest project, ‘Run This Town’ featuring Kanye West and Rihanna, has only increased the anticipation for the project further. Not only does the single prepare for the return for Jay-Z but also serves as a return to rapping for West and a return to the limelight for R&B songstress Rihanna.

Although it could be argued that Jay was outperformed by Kanye on this record, ‘Run This Town’ looks set to intensify the ever-increasing desire for the album, which is due to drop on September 11th 2009.

 

Video: Rap Radar

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