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Friday Five: Atmosphere, M.anifest, Lovely Dark, and more new Minnesota videos

Slug earns his "Coolest Dad Ever" shirt in the new video for "Southsiders"

Happy Friday! We got some excellent music videos from the Minnesota hip-hop community this week in addition to a new one from a promising singer-songwriter and a Lovely Dark video filmed by teenagers for a summer videography class. Slide your headphones on and catch up with all the latest…


Well, this is adorable. Atmosphere’s Slug and Ant round up a crew of little kids (and their rapper parents) to create a summertime video for the title track of their latest album, “Southsiders.”


Our first video today comes all the way from Ghana, the home country of rapper M.anifest and the place he has been spending the majority of his time in recent years after launching his hip-hop career in Minneapolis in the mid-2000s. In the video for “Someway Bi,” M.anifest and Director Post No Bill sought to capture the realities of modern-day Ghanaian life, and M.anifest says that the title is “a phrase that encapsulates the daily frustrations, inexplicable occurrences, immeasurable joys, simple pleasures of urban African life.”


This video comes courtesy of Mercies May, who in addition to being a member of the hip-hop group Literati is also becoming a prolific local videographer (he’s also recently shot videos for Dwell and the Shape Ship and the Christopher David Hanson Band). In this video for Literati, May takes us through the streets of Minneapolis to a play at the Southern Theater, and spoiler alert: things don’t really end well for anyone involved.

Jourdan Myers

For a change of pace, here’s a new one from promising singer-songwriter Jourdan Myers, who is releasing her second album, Ruin Me With Love, at the Aster Cafe on September 9.

Lovely Dark

This new video from Lovely Dark comes with an incredible backstory: It was written, directed, and produced by young students between the ages of 10 and 17 a past of IFP and Northern Outpost‘s summer class “The Art of the Music Video.” Well done!