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BADBADNOTGOOD – Can’t Leave The Night [Video]

Toronto, ON – T-Dot’s BADBADNOTGOOD trio just launched the first official video for the single “Can’t Leave The Night” off their forthcoming debut album III via Innovative Leisure (scheduled for release in early May of this year). If you’re not familiar with BBNG- they blur the lines between genres – they’re a little bit hip-hop, jazz, funk, punk; and a whole lot of adorable. They’ve collaborated with the likes of Bootsy Collins, RZA, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, DOOM, Danny Brown and more. And they actually just finished up a major week out at at SXSW (which included a special performance with Tyler The Creator, and then some).

This video is precious. We got Matthew Tavares on the keys, Chester Hansen on the bass, and Alex Sowinski on his drums. And the video is shot like a ’90s home video; and it has captions, too. The video was directed and produced by Connor Olthuis with camera-work and editing done by Connor Crawford, Connor Olthuis, and Sam Zaret. Check it below.

BadBadNotGood - Can't Leave The Night [Video] -

Here are some highlights: at 0:30, Alex twirls his drumsticks. Be warned: This may cause you to overheat. At 0:40, Chester uses the word “groovy.” At 1:26, Chester flips off the camera. At 2:06, Alex winks at the camera. At 2:08, Matthew realizes something if wrong with the roof. At 2:28, Chester gets worried.

And three minutes into the video, our dudes get in trouble for their VHS-style video. And their Executive (played by Mitch McGoey) demands confetti. And stuff. So the video gets into some still shots of money. And champagne. And cigarettes. And other cliche video things. And then BBNG wraps up the video by playing a set -devoid of any emotion- amongst a haze of laser-beams and smoke machines.

Anyways, I really hope some rap cats get on this joint and throw some bars over top of those instrumentals. Because it would be the best thing ever.


BadBadNotGood is a formally trained trio of young musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since first meeting at music school in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken a fresh look at the jazz tradition by setting their sights on the future.

With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a new take on the traditional “standard” applied to the hip hop songbook; writing inspired arrangements for golden era classics instead of one-dimensional covers.

The band hit a landmark when introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like “Rotten Decay”, “Vices” or “UWM” carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance. Since then, they’ve won praise from the four corners of the globe and collaborated with Bootsy Collins, RZA, Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, DOOM, and Danny Brown among many. Their notorious live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury.

Now, the inseparable friends are prepping to release their biggest project to date III on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure, a highly-anticipated project ushering in the group’s newest explorations which are proving to be limitless.

Twitter: @badbadnotgood

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Sarah Jay is HipHopCanada's Associate Editor in Chief. Sarah is based in Calgary and works as a freelance journalist and photographer. Sarah is also a former A&R talent scout for the Universal Music Scouting Program, and runs a vintage store during the day. Sarah has juried the JUNO Awards, The Polaris Music Prize, and The Prism Prize. She has been fortunate enough to interview and photograph some of hip-hop's greatest influencers including Future, ScHoolboy Q, Ghostface Killah, Moka Only, Maestro Fresh Wes, Shad, Joey Bada$$, Mac Miller, and more. Follow Sarah on Twitter: @ThisIsSarahJay

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