Hype Williams

Hype Williams: The Videos, Vol. 1 [Video/DVD]

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One of the most stylistically prominent music video directors of the '90s, Hype Williams' defined aesthetic was one of the most sought-after in the genre -- as it almost ensured heavy rotation on MTV, which in turn guaranteed large amounts of commercial success and sales. This DVD collection of videos handpicked by Williams himself is not necessarily a collection of his most well-known videos, but a very accurate and tastefully compiled survey of landmark videos that very clearly show his evolution as a cinematographer/director. While there are some very glaring omissions (most notably absent are Missy Elliot's classic "The Rain [Supa Dupa Fly]" and the groundbreaking "What's It Gonna Be?" featuring Busta Rhymes and Janet Jackson), many of these videos will be all too familiar to MTV viewers and will bring back fond memories of first-time viewing. Some definitely outweigh the songs they are visually representing, which makes the urge to hit fast-forward on the remote very tempting. But overall the pluses definitely outweigh the minuses on this DVD, which is excellent viewing for anyone interested in watching the gradual evolution of one of music video's most gifted directors.