For those who know me, you know just how much I enjoy the crossover between rock and hip-hop. While I grew up on bands like AC/DC, Greenday, and Blink-182, I moved into rap and hip-hop in my middle school and high school years, and now seeing artists bringing these genres together just makes everything come full circle for me. I’ve been a big fan of artists such as the late Lil Peep, Lil Tracy, Iann Dior, POORSTACY, and others, but when I hear about new artists making waves in this genre-mashing scene, I need to tune in immediately.
When the homie Sam McGrath hit me up and said he was shooting a visual for LA by way of Arizona artist Tuxx, I had no clue exactly what to expect, but after tuning into “Gravestone”, I was as impressed as I’ve ever been. Considering he has worked with hitmakers like Nick Mira, PAYSO, Baker, Playdoe, and Sam Thraxx in the past, I knew I was in for a treat, and considering the last three producers brought this hit to life, I was even more excited. It’s clear that there is a pop-punk influence behind his vocals that combine with the guitar-forward instrumental so well, and it just seems like everything comes together in the most effortless, painless fashion.
As far as the video is concerned, Sam does an absolutely amazing job of capturing all of the passion, emotion, and sentiment that Tuxx delivers in the song on camera as well, showing off the fact that even though his career is still only beginning, he knows how to live the life of a true Rockstar. As the visual. Begins, it seems as if Tuxx is tied up and held hostage before the kidnapper ends up taking his life. After this, there are many shots of what look to be a memorial for the singer where some friends and even a lovely lady go to pay their respects, giving us a glimpse of what it might look like if Tuxx’s lyrics ever, unfortunately, came to life.
Aside from this main plot, there are other energetic shots of the talent singing into a microphone as Jonny Ransom plays drums in the back and another scene where he looks at himself in the mirror as he drinks his alcohol before throwing and shattering it into a million pieces. The biggest twist happens right as the visual comes to a close when the masked gunman at the beginning reveals himself, and it actually turns out to be Tuxx all along.
Although I feel like this song and video combination are a one-two punch for the ages, I literally can’t wait to dive into all of the unbelievable music that I’m sure has been hiding in plain sight right in front of me all along. Tuxx is obviously a young, rising talent, but his sound is undeniably catchy and his skills are abundantly obvious, so it’s only a matter of time before the masses begin to catch on. When they do, though, he’s going to skyrocket into the spotlight, and it’s game over for anyone else standing in his way. Sam McGrath absolutely killed it with this visual as well, making it one of the best song/video combos I’ve seen all week, so make sure you tune into “Gravestone” as soon as you possibly can.
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