The 411 Magazine Issue 6 - Page 36

Earning a reputation for his “raw lyricism and seamless flow” (The Fader), Manu has been gaining fans stateside including ASAP Ferg who brought him on stage during a recent Sydney performance. With recent profiles from the likes of Highsnobiety and The Coveteur and consistent support from Zane Lowe, who debuted ‘Assumptions’, ‘Buddy Buddy’ and supported ‘Blowin Up’ on Beats 1, Manu Crooks is bridging hip-hop hemispheres and proving that he "Might just be our best hope for Aus hip-hop to make a significant impact on the international scene.” (Complex). In the visual for Different League, the subtle special effects enhance the vibe and overall aesthetic, whilst the heavy bass line and rhythmic keys create an ominous feel as he spits bold lyrics with his flair and trap-tinged sound, about lust, success and unclear intentions. French directors Aden Gauthier, Hitsu Film and Berko & Titan's colour grading and keen editing sets the visual apart. When asked about the music video the Parisian director said: "Our goal as directors for this music video was to bring an overseas artist to the hidden parts of Paris, far from the Eiffel Tower and in the heart of the suburban projects least visited; while paying close attention to a clean aesthetic. This collaboration is an artistic project designed to break down borders." Manu Crooks has also announced his debut world tour titled Mood Forever, which will see him perform dates throughout 2018 throughout not only the UK but also Canada, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany and France.