Hype Williams - Career

Career

Williams has created a number of music videos for many artists, including 2Pac ("California Love"), The Notorious B.I.G. ("Warning") and ("One More Chance"), Craig Mack ("Flava in Ya Ear" (Remix)), LL Cool J ("Doin It"), Nas ("If I Ruled the World (Imagine That)", "Street Dreams", "Hate Me Now"), Missy Elliott ("The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly))", "She's a Bitch"), Busta Rhymes ("Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See"), TLC ("No Scrubs"), Kelis ("Caught Out There"), Jay-Z ("Big Pimpin'"), Kanye West ("Gold Digger", "Heartless", "All of the Lights", "Diamonds from Sierra Leone"), Aaliyah ("Rock the Boat"), Christina Aguilera ("Not Myself Tonight"), Coldplay ("Viva la vida"), Ne-Yo ("So Sick"), Hoobastank ("If I Were You"), Left Eye (The Block Party), t.A.T.u. ("Gomenasai"), (Ke$ha) ("We R Who We R"), Nicki Minaj ("Stupid Hoe" and "Massive Attack"), and Jack White ("Freedom at 21").

In 1998, he directed his first and so far his only feature film to date, Belly starring rappers Nas and DMX. The film released by Artisan Entertainment. In 1999, Williams signed a two year overall deal with New Line Cinema to produce and direct feature films. His first film with New Line, Mothership died in development. Later that year, Williams was in serious negotiations with MTV to develop an animated series which was described as a behind-the-scenes look at the world of music and celebrities. The project also died in development.

In 2000, Williams was hired to direct the Warner Bros. film Speed Racer. He left the project the following year, with the film being released in 2008 under the direction of the Wachowski brothers.

In 2003, Walt Disney Pictures purchased a zombie horror film Thrilla which was written by Williams. The project died in development with Gavin Polone attached to produce.

Awards Williams has received for his video work include the Billboard Music Video Award for Best Director of the Year (1996), the Jackson Limo Award for Best Rap Video of the Year (1996) for Busta Rhymes' "Woo Hah!! Got You All in Check", the NAACP Image Award (1997), the 8th annual Music Video Production Association Award for Black Music Achievement (1997), MTV Video Music Award in the Best Rap Video (1998) category for Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy wit It", MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video (1999) for TLC's "No Scrubs", and the BET Award for Best Director (2006) for Kanye West's "Gold Digger". In 2006, Williams was honored by MTV with its Video Vanguard Award, presented in honor of his achievements as a filmmaker.

In the December 2007 issue of Playboy magazine, Williams shot the photographs for cover subject Kim Kardashian.

In 2010, Williams was the writer for the Kanye West short film Runaway. He later directed the music video for West's single "All of the Lights", which premiered on February 19, 2011.

As of 2012, Kanye West holds the artist record for working the most times with Williams, the two have collaborated in 19 music videos beginning in 2005 with the music video for "Diamonds from Sierra Leone". Busta Rhymes is second behind West, collaborating with Williams in 16 music videos, beginning with debut solo music video "Everything Remains Raw" / "Woo-Hah!! Got You All in Check".

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