August 1: Hype Williams Was Born. (1970)

August 1, 1970 – On This Date In Hip-Hop, Harold “Hype Williams” Williams was born in Queens, New York. Hype Williams would grow up to: (1) go to Catholic School with Run DMC, (2) be introduced to soul by his older brother, (3) strike up graffiti under the name HYPE, (4) go to Adelphi University to study film, (5) get his first break with Video Music Box, (6) apply things he learned in film school to Hip-Hop music videos – most importantly lighting, (7) shoot the California Love video and (8) direct and write Belly.

ABOVE: How to Direct A Music Video
ABOVE: Belly Intro

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