Brooklyn, New York emcee The Astronomical Kid is one of several rising talents who directs his own music videos. Like Hopsin out West, Astro is an aspiring director, with a deep appreciation for the visual style at the height of the MTV video-era. HipHopDX recently asked the emcee about his personal five favorite music videos.
"These are not in order. I'll probably say [The Notorious B.I.G.'s] 'Hypnotize,'" he said of the early 1997 Bad Boy Records video directed by Paul Hunter and Diddy for the Life After Death album. "That was a big [budget] video. I like videos that are not the typical Rap videos, you know? That was back in the days when cats was spending millions. They're not doin' that no more. That's a great video."
Kid Astro kept things Bad Boy for his second choice, coming from the label's first release. "I'd probably say Craig Mack's 'Flava In Ya Ear.' I just like those type-of videos!" The Hype Williams-directed video was to Mack's biggest hit, the Summer 1994 single from the longtime EPMD affiliate.
Astro bent the rules for his next mid-1990s selection. "Does it have to be an actual music video? 'Cause there's 30-second Rap commercial that I love. I love the Wu-Tang Clan St. Ides commercial! That vide is so tight, the way they directed that one." Like many of the Death Row Records star artists, along with King T and Warren G, St. Ides worked with the Clan in 1995. "Shit's ill, and it's 30 seconds," said Astro. "When I take off on my directing, that's the type of stuff I want to put out. That was ill; all the [St. Ides] commercials were hard."