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Hype Williams: VH1 To Honor Hip-Hop Video Director
He's worked on classic videos for Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and Kanye West that have been MTV "TRL" favorites and gotten millions of views on YouTube. Hype Williams is now set to receive some much-deserved recognition.
The GRAMMY-nominated video director will be among the honorees at the 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, a ceremony celebrating the genre's lasting impact on pop culture.
With a unique video style that incorporated a fisheye lens that distorted the camera view around the central focus, Williams' music video credits read like a greatest hits compilation. His video résumé includes visual stunners such as Busta Rhymes' "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check," Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," TLC's "No Scrubs," West's "Gold Digger," "Heartless" and "All Of The Lights," and Missy Elliott's instantly recognizable "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)."
At the 43rd GRAMMY Awards, Williams received a nomination for Best Short Form Music Video for Rhymes' "Fire."
The 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors, which will also honor Mariah Carey and Martin Lawrence, among others, will air Sept. 18 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on VH1.