88rising releases music video for “Walking”, an all-star collaboration between Joji, Chinese pop superstar Jackson Wang, Swae Lee (of Rae Sremmurd) in the first paragraph, and globetrotting electronic music trio Major Lazer. A humorous take on the Japanese kaiju or giant monster genre (reminiscent of classic Godzilla films or Power Rangers episodes), the Eoin Glaister-directed video shows a gargantuan Joji prawn monster laying waste to the city of Wang Town. The monster meets his match against a giant mech robot piloted by Jackson Wang, who defeats Joji with little effort. Yet, Wang feels remorse for his foe and helps them to put aside their differences and indulge in the dancehall rhythm.
The new video comes just after the release of Head in the Clouds II, released on Friday via 88rising exclusively distributed by 12Tone Music. Since its release, the album has already accumulated 50 million streams and garnered high praise from Billboard, Genius, The FADER and more.
Executive produced by Joji, Head In The Clouds II highlights new material from 88rising’s core crew of Rich Brian, Joji, NIKI, AUGUST 08 and Higher Brothers and features unprecedented global collaborations with Swae Lee (of Rae Sremmurd), Major Lazer, Jackson Wang, GoldLink, Phum Viphurit, GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE, Stephanie Poetri and more. Across 16 tracks, the album spans six countries (United States, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, and China) for a cohesive sound that blends elements of vintage R&B, hip-hop, disco, and forward-thinking pop.
Order Head In The Clouds II now: https://88rising.lnk.to/HITCII
Exclusive Sorayama-designed Head In The Clouds II 3M Merch Capsule:
(Album Artwork by Hajime Sorayama)
88rising – Head in the Clouds II
(October 11th – 88rising/12 Tone Music)
2. 88rising, NIKI, Phum Viphurit – Strange Land
3. 88rising, Joji, GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE – Need Is Your Love
4. 88rising, Jackson Wang, Higher Brothers – Tequila Sunrise (feat. AUGUST 08 & GoldLink)
5. 88rising, Joji, Jackson Wang – Walking (feat. Swae Lee & Major Lazer)
6. 88rising, Joji, Don Krez – Breathe
7. 88rising, NIKI, Rich Brian – Shouldn’t Couldn’t Wouldn’t
8. 88rising, RHYME SO – Just Used Music Again
9. 88rising, NIKI – Indigo
10. 88rising, AUGUST 08, Joji – Hopscotch (feat. Barney Bones & Rich Brian)
11. 88rising, AUGUST 08, Barney Bones – Calculator
12. 88rising, NIKI – La La Lost You
13. 88rising, Higher Brothers – Hold Me Down
14. 88rising, Stephanie Poetri, Jackson Wang – I Love You 3000 II
15. 88rising, Rich Brian, Higher Brothers – 2 The Face
16. 88rising, Rich Brian – Gold Coast
The past year proved to be a breakthrough year for Joji as he scored two separate entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “SLOW DANCING IN THE DARK” & “Sanctuary,” charted at No.1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart with his debut LP BALLADS 1, secured his first RIAA certified platinum plaque for “SDITD” and hit over 1 billion total streams on his catalog to date. A master of multiple mediums, Joji is an Osaka, Japan-born singer and producer capturing a following from every corner of the Internet. The multi-talented visionary defies convention — his songs are characterized by down tempo, melancholic themes and soulful vocals, layered over lush grimy textures, blending elements of trap, folk, electronic, and R&B. Featured everywhere from GQ to Nylon to Billboard to Pitchfork to The FADER and beyond, Joji is one of the most interesting and promising new artists in the digital age.
About Jackson Wang:
Jackson Wang is a Chinese singer and dancer and also currently the lead member of phenomenon K-pop group GOT7 based in South Korea. Jackson is also known for his TV appearances and as the face of Fendi, Alibaba, and adidas in China. The multi-faceted Jackson continuously produces pop hits – his debut solo release, “Papillon”, ranked #1 in QQ Music and topped Billboard’s China V Chart. Within 24 hours of its MV release, “Papillon” landed Jackson on the “Weibo Hot Topic List” with more than 59 million discussions and 27 million views on Weibo in 2 days. “Fendiman” and “Different Game” written, composed, and arranged by Jackson, both immediately topped the iTunes US charts and his most recent single, “BULLET TO THE HEART” from his upcoming album ‘MIRRORS’ has reached over 10 million streams on YouTube.
By now, if you’re in tune with culture, you know about 88rising. Revered by the likes of CNN, Forbes, Bloomberg, The New Yorker, Billboard, Pitchfork and Los Angeles Times, 88rising is at the forefront of catapulting Asian culture into new dimensions. Refusing to be confined within a single vessel, 88rising has exceptionally executed any and all ideas, while breaking new ground along the way. Best known as the team behind Internet-breaking sensations, including Joji, Rich Brian, Higher Brothers and Keith Ape, 88rising have quickly escalated to selling out world tours, hosting festivals and working with today’s biggest stars. “88rising is distinguished by its idiosyncratic tone and it’s up-to-the-nanosecond appreciation of hip-hop’s youthful, Internet-driven trends,” The New Yorker said, in their 8-page long feature on the company. Furthermore, it’s highlighted that in just three years, “88rising has become an authority on how to create Asian and American pop-culture crossovers.” With over 3.3M subscribers and 1 billion views on their YouTube channel, 88rising’s influence is undeniable. But with their first label compilation album, Head in the Clouds, released last summer, their full 17-date North American tour and 2nd annual Head in the Clouds music festival in the books, and now their first major fashion collaboration, GUE88 Head In The Clouds, selling out in minutes, 88rising is determined to make a difference now more than ever, not just for the culture, but primarily for the international Asian community.
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