One of my favorite emo rap / bedroom pop artists to come out of 2020 is without a doubt Ohio native, Je$$e. After wiping all of his music from streaming platforms to start fresh, Je$$e has quickly built a following entirely independently with notable support from YouTube channels such as Promoting Sounds and Soul Serum.
His latest offering, “Barbie,” which released back in November, is a song that forces you to press pause on whatever you’re doing. Combining sad guitar strums with trap drums, Je$$e melodically flows over this record with a chorus so catchy that it gets locked in your head from the very first hook.
The music video, directed by Soul Serum Creative Director, John Buchanan, employs the use of life size animated Barbies that fits the song so perfectly you just can’t help but laugh. Seriously, go watch it. Enjoy “Barbie” below.