Hidji Films Shines Once Again in “Tony Tone”

For my final blog post, I was delighted to find that Hidji Films had produced yet another video for rap superstar A$AP Rocky. One of my favorite songs off of his new album Testing, “Tony Tone” is turned into a cinematic journey through Rocky’s life, Uptown New York, and the nature of his thoughts. We see…

Travis Scott Drives Home Irony in Zeze

One of the most interesting music videos to come out this year is certainly Zeze. The viral hit from Kodak Black featuring Travis Scott and Offset was recently turned into what might be the funniest music video of the year, rivaling the likes of the Wyclef Jean video from Young Thug that was released this…

Newcomer James Mackel Shines Directing “Guns N Butter”

With so many established names in the music video scene, it comes as a surprise that A$AP Rocky would tap James Mackel for the visuals for “Guns N Butter” off his recent project TESTING. Mackel has few videos under his belt, but his credits include another AWGE production, “New Choppa” by Playboi Carti feat. A$AP Rocky….

Cole Bennet’s Cinematography Shines in “Kamikaze”

In my weekly music video binge, I was delighted to find that one of my favorite directors, Cole Bennet, had teamed up with the up and coming Lil Mosey for a music video for his song “Kamikaze”. While admittedly not a Lil Mosey fan, the song provided a fun canvas from which Bennet could work….

Gunner Stahl makes Director cameo in 42

While the video came out a bit over a week ago, it was only recently that I had the chance to watch Rae Sremmurd’s new music video for their song 42. This is the first video I’ve seen directed by the famed Stahl, whose shot pretty much every celebrity in the hip hop scene over…

How Kandinsky Helped me with 1.3

For most of Project 1.3, I was in a creative rut. In an attempt to escape that rut, I asked my brother, a Fine Arts minor, for some artists he thought might help inspire me. Of the artists he suggested, he singled out Wassily Kandinsky as possibly the most helpful for me. After reading up…

Jun Takahashi Channels his Inner Kubrick for order disorder Collection

Although Undercover showed the “order disorder” collection a couple of months ago, the products are just starting to trickle in western markets from the brand’s home in Japan. For his men’s A/W 2018-19 collection, celebrated designer Jun Takahashi took heavy inspiration from the classic 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. While direct references to the film…

Cole Bennett Sets a New Tone with “Fr Fr”

Filmmaker Cole Bennett has for a long time been one of the go-to names in music video production. Working with acts like Lil Pump, Juice WRLD, and Ski Mask the Slump God, Bennett has carved a niche for himself pioneering line animation and distortion techniques that have since become mainstream. His latest collaboration with Wiz…

Kanye and Lil Pump Contrast Raunchiness With Roblox

After mentioning the site during a Jimmy Kimmel interview, Kanye West and adult content host Pornhub have formed a working relationship. West was invited by the site to direct their inaugural Pornhub Awards, where he debuted an equally raunchy song with fellow rapper Lil Pump, “I Love it”. The song was released with a music…

Recreating Psychoactivity with A$AP Mob

Praise The Lord (Da Shine) was one of the standout tracks off of A$AP Rocky’s third studio album Testing, released this May. In an interview with Genius following the album’s drop, Rocky clued his fans into the writing process he and Skepta had for the track, which involved psychoactive substances. This theme was central to the…