V. Nova continues to blaze a path all his own with 2 new MalikYouGotIt-directed music videos for “Smoke Break”, the Jack Waterz-produced single & “I Still Love Her”, the Crack Factory-produced single from his mixtape Hidden in Plain Sight Volume 3: The New Commission. Both follow the release of the music video for “The New Commission” as well as “Abstract Art”, his video featuring Smif-N-Wessun. One other HIPS3 single has also been released – “You Died” featuring Uncle Murda.
Part of rap duo BOE & Villa, Nova has worked with Erick Sermon, MIDI Mafia, Denaun Porter of D-12, Wyclef Jean, Needlz, Mario Winans, Monifa, Rakim, Akinyele, Canibus, Fabolous, EPMD, Papoose, Funkmaster Flex, DJ Enuff and DJ Self. Nova’s upcoming mixtape is the third volume of his HIPS series (listen to Volume 1 and Volume 2). “‘Smoke Break’ is the intermission of HiPS3,” Nova says. “It started out as my least favorite of the project but because of people’s reaction to it, I like it more and more everyday. It does me doing what I do best. In between long studio sessions, smoke breaks are taken often. This time the break was on a roof top in the center of Brooklyn.”
“The Crack Factory laced me with a track that has an ill break beat loop that favors something out of the KRS catalogue,” says Nova. “I ran with that feeling and was also inspired by the Common record ‘I Used To Love Her’. I’m describing Hip Hop as a female whom I fall in and out of love with. It’s sort of a part two to that record. It’s from a NY perspective but speaks for the culture lovers everywhere. Hip Hop and I have a break up to make up relationship but I still love her. The video features a dance routine from the group KIN. They fused a few popular dance moves of the culture to come up with the routine.” HIPS3 is out now.