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Music Video Director Hype Williams Will Get Into Bed With Joe Eszterhas' 'Lust'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 1:23 AM
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While folks like Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, Sophie Muller, Chris Milk and Floria Sigismondi are among the names mentioned as top-tier music video directors, it's often overlooked how much of an impression (mostly) hip hop director Hype Williams has made on the genre. Though some of his contemporaries may have had more innovative approaches, Williams work is often bright, expressive and immediate, finding the pulse and heart of the artists and songs he's worked with. Kanye West is a frequent collaborator and Williams' extensive CV also boasts names like Wu-Tang Clan, Jay-Z, Coldplay, Missy Elliot, Beyonce, No Doubt, Dr. Dre, Drake, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga... you get the idea. And while Williams previously made an attempt to transition to feature filmmaking over a decade ago with "Belly" -- the critically mauled urban crime drama starring DMX and Nas that has since risen to cult status -- it didn't quite work out, but it looks like he's going to take a second shot.

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