MVM – SPIKE JONZE & HIP-HOP

Beastie Boys – Sabotage (1994)

I can obviously only do so many ‘Music Video Mondays’ before I talk about the legend that is Spike Jonze. One of the craziest Mofo’s to ever get behind a camera. His music videos are revolutionary, cool, and jaw-dropping. His body of work extends to ridiculous commercials for Nike and Gap as well as to very surreal films, Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, and hopefully his new film Where the Wild Things Are will one day actually come out. And oh yeah… he used to do Sofia Coppola.

But today I speak of his music videos. He’s made sick videos for artists like Bjork, Fatboy Slim, and daft Punk, but I just want to focus on his amazing Hip-Hop videos. No one gives Spike half the credit he deserves for pushing the envelope when it comes to the generic genre of Hip-Hop videos. I gathered all the Hip-Hop videos on his resume to bring to y’all.

This video is ridiculous. Filmed backwards way before that Coldplay video. Spike told the Pharcyde to learn how to rap the song backwards so that the lips would link up when played forward. It’s pretty F-ing close. Look out for the Beastie Boys cameo.

Pharcyde – Drop (1996)

Just a crazy video. This version of the video came out after the original Hip-Hop version and blew fans. Lil’ Kim is truly the highlight of this clip.

Puff Daddy & The Family – All About the Benjamins Rock Remix (1997)

Member of the Pharcyde makes a hilarious video. Check out the full documentary if you can.

Fat Lip – What’s Up Fat Lip? (2000)

Newest Hip-Hop video for Spike. I didn’t even know it was his. Surprise.

Ludacris – Get Back (2004)

Biggie had just recently died, but Bad Boy records wanted to put out videos from his album. Spike had a great idea. How about Biggie and other rappers played by kids?! It’s fucking brilliant and speaks for itself. See if you can name everyone.

Notorious B.I.G. ft. 112 – Sky’s the Limit (1997)

I forgot to post this video originally. Not only is it a Spike Jonze Hip-Hop video, but it’s also his most recent video. Slightly perverse, yet sexy, just how I like it.

Kanye West – Flashing Lights

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