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It’s the summer of 1997. I’m crashed out at a friend’s house, waiting out the three days between sessions at the summer camp where I work. His family’s got me sleeping on the couch in the TV room, which works just fine for me. Whenever I can’t sleep, I watch MTV. I watch so much… More »

The best video of the week isn’t a video at all. It’s the movie that plays in your head when you listen to Dr. Dre’s Compton on headphones, possibly while high. That movie is probably not the same movie as Straight Outta Compton, but we won’t really find out about that until next Friday, when… More »

If you need a quick crash-course in why music videos are not what they once were, have a look at Alex Pappademas’s celebration of the great Hype Williams in Grantland. Plenty of great music video directors are working today, but none of them are bringing the sheer opulent visual verve that Hype had at his… More »

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Puff Daddy & The Family – “Workin” Video

Last week, Sean "Diddy" Combs went back to his old Puff Daddy moniker and released the shockingly strong free mixtape MMM. The one advance single…
Tom Breihan | November 13, 2015 - 10:46 am

Gaspar Noé Says Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” Video Ripped Him Off

The director Gaspar Noé opened his 2010 movie Enter The Void with a frantic, hallucinatory opening-credits sequence, showing huge letters flashing onscreen at seizure-inducing speeds.
Tom Breihan | November 3, 2015 - 10:09 am

Puff Daddy & The Family – “Finna Get Loose” (Feat. Pharrell) Video

Earlier this summer, Diddy revealed the old Puff Daddy & The Family name to release the ridiculously funky Pharrell collab "Finna Get Loose," the best…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2015 - 2:10 pm

Check Out The Poster For Kanye West’s Yeezus Movie, Written By Bret Easton Ellis

If you thought the Yeezus talk might finally be dying out ... you thought wrong. The newest incarnation of Yeezus will be a film of…
Sam Behrens | May 1, 2014 - 2:06 pm

Future – “I Won” (Feat. Kanye West) Video

The celebratory and sentimental Future/Kanye collab "I Won" now has a video to go along with it. The video's a subdued, mostly black-and-white affair featuring…
James Rettig | April 17, 2014 - 10:44 pm

Kanye Confirms Yeezus Film Coming To Theaters

Kanye West’s Yeezus, Stereogum’s favorite album of last year, is about to become a movie. Hype Williams, inarguably the greatest rap-video director of all time,…
Tom Breihan | February 27, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Beyoncé (Feat. Jay Z) – “Drunk In Love” Video

Beyoncé brought much delight to everyone (even those of us who already published our best albums lists) when she released her stunning 17-song visual album
Chris DeVille | December 16, 2013 - 12:53 pm

Beyoncé Just Released A Surprise Album

Bey just surprised everyone by releasing her self-titled fifth solo album exclusively on iTunes. The BEYONCÉ "visual album" includes 14 songs -- featuring musical collaborations…
Scott Lapatine | December 13, 2013 - 12:31 am

DJ Khaled & Kanye West – “I Wish You Would”/”Cold” Video (Feat. Rick Ross & Kim Kardashian)

Hear's the visually impressive combo clip for "I Wish You Would" & "Cold," a six-minute long Hype Williams construction featuring West, Khaled and Rozay holding…
Corban Goble | August 14, 2012 - 8:36 am

Jack White – “Freedom At 21″ Video

Last week, Hype Williams and Jack White posted up the trailer to "Freedom At 21"'s video. As a general rule, video content that is just…
Amrit Singh | July 16, 2012 - 10:33 am

Preview Jack White’s Hype Williams-Directed “Freedom At 21″ Video

Jack White and Hype Williams will connect for White's forthcoming "Freedom At 21" video, and today they posted a short teaser for the clip, revealing…
Corban Goble | July 12, 2012 - 12:49 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Lots of good music videos this week! Serial killers! Shadow-puppet dogs! Primary colors! Air rifles! Inexplicably clownish rap-star art direction! Members of the extended Stereogum…
Tom Breihan | January 27, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Nicki Minaj – “Stupid Hoe” Video

Nicki busted out "Stupid Hoe" late last year before promising an accompanying clip to drop this week, and though it's coming in late Friday, she's…
Corban Goble | January 20, 2012 - 6:00 pm

Lil Wayne – “6 Foot 7 Foot” Video

In which a hip hop artist pairs his future-forward flow with a movie reference from yesteryear. But you can pardon Lil Wayne for being a…
Amrit Singh | March 3, 2011 - 10:47 am

Kanye West – “All Of The Lights” Video

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy's most triumphant brass fanfare meets the Star Wars font it was always intended for, along with a cameo from Rihanna…
Amrit Singh | February 19, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Hype Williams – “The Throning” & “Untitled”

Not that guy. This Hype Williams is the sneaky, lo-fi, dubbed (and weeded)-out, art world-ready electro/bedroom-based project of London's D. Blunt (aka Roy Blunt aka…
brandon | December 15, 2010 - 11:43 am

Kanye West – “Runaway” Video

At long last here's the 35-minute short film Kanye briefly teased at the VMAs last month. The usual suspects -- Pusha T, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj…
Scott Lapatine | October 23, 2010 - 8:43 pm