Premiere: CLWDWLKR & Yajirobe Vibe Through The Prism On “3D” Video
For years now, local hip-hop artists CLWDWLKR & Yajirobe have been making a name for themselves with a brand of alternative hip-hop that’s as vibrant as it is hypnotic. Through beat tapes, short EPs, and countless features, both musicians have compiled individually impressive catalogs that help them stand tall even in Richmond’s crowded music scene. This month, both are standing even taller, thanks to their new collaborative record entitled Coat Raps released through Hidden Sound Collective. Eight tracks make up the album, all of which feel forceful and colorful, something the duo is tapping into with the release of a new flashy music video for the single “3D.” Set for official release on Friday, March 17th, The Auricular is proud to premiere this mesmerizing video one day early for its audience.
In the video filmed and edited by Austin O’Rourke, the duo weave through a variety of filters and lenses that match the bold energy of the song itself. “She see me / On The TV / Wanna Be Me / Wanna Be Seen / Right In 3D,” rolls CLWDWLKR in the song’s hook that’s layered on top of a looping siren call and clicking drum beat. As CLWDWLKR continues, that simple yet effective backdrop gives him ample space to stretch out and flow around, dropping references to animated villains and tributes to trap legends in the process. Short and concise, the track shows off the visceral pull of the duo’s album, with grainy, intimate lo-fi roots grounding its boundless and restless wonder.
“3D” is the second track from Coat Raps to get accompanying visuals after the visualizer for “Batcavebae” was released last week. With other stand-out tracks like “Waist Deep” and “Hangtime,” there’s certainly more to revisit from this spirited record and we’ll have to keep a careful eye and ear on both CLWDWLKR (Instagram) and Yajirobe (Linktree) moving forward to make sure we catch what comes next.
For now though, you can enjoy the prismatic video for “3D” below. Once you’re done, make sure to check out the entire Coat Raps album, available on streaming platforms and Bandcamp.