Paulie’s Five Favourite Music Videos

We’re excited to welcome our new video editor Paulie (also known as 37 Chambers) to the INTHEWRITERSMIND team. She is working closely with us on our upcoming video projects, so look out for her name in the credits of future videos! We recently caught up with her for a photoshoot in London. Check out photographs captured by our founder Daniella E. on Instagram here.

Paulie sat down with Daniella to share some of her favourite hip-hop music videos and why they are special to her. Here they are (in no particular order)…

1. Wu-Tang Clan – Can It Be All So Simple

Paulie: “This video requires very little introduction. The tracking shot of Raekwon rapping is one for the history books. From the bars to immortalising the Snow Beach Polo as a cult fashion staple. This is poetry in motion and the creation of Hype Williams as a music video icon. It feels very personal capturing the aesthetics of a moment in time on Staten Island. If you like this one make sure to check out Method Man’s All I Need video.”

2. Pa Salieu – My Family

Paulie: “For any camera nerd, this is madness! One of the best videos to have dropped last year. One location and straight up vibes. A fun and strong performance by the artist. Also, Femi Ladi is one director to watch out for. He doesn’t drop often, but when he does you best have high expectations! As one YouTube comment said, “The cameraman and whoever did the visuals should be rich.”

3. Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See

Paulie: “A crazy mushroom trip with Busta Rhymes himself! No matter how many times I watch this video, I still don’t know what’s going on. But, every single shot is a burst of colour and beautiful motion. I’m pretty sure this started the fish eye lens trend in the hip-hop industry and I’m not surprised cause it made me get one too!”

4. Navy Blue – Higher Self

Paulie: “I found Navy about six months ago on one of my many 3am YouTube binges. One of the reasons why I fell in love with him so much is through the personal and dreamy elements of this video directed by the mega talented Ryosuke Tanzawa. Each frame is a deeply personal journey through Sage’s past, present and future. It’s poetic simplicity captures the struggles of identity many of us feel growing up in the states.”

5. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood

Paulie: “This music video literally changed the game! Because, now you can record a whole album and you never have to show your face. I think this is a big one for 90’s babies. I remember being five years old in Poland and seeing this on MTV and being super gassed and just wanting to be Noodle.”