There have been countless music videos over my 32 years of life (and some older than that). However there were only a few that stood out above them all and below is CDreamz’ Top 5 and the video at the top of the list will absolutely surprise you and make you question my place on this earth.
5) Tupac — Do for Love
What gets forgotten sometimes is that Tupac was an artist. There are at least two poems that comes to the top of my mind that I have myself written trying to mimic Tupac’s style. Whether I was successful in doing so or not, that’s for another day but the video for ‘Do for Love’ was created after ‘Pac’s death. So director Bill Packer went with an artsy style that I appreciate.
4) Notorious B.I.G. — Sky’s the Limit
Like No. 5 on the list, ‘Sky’s the Limit’ was shot after posthumously. I fell in love with this video immediately because, well, the kids. And you gotta love kids right?
3) Michael Jackson — Smooth Criminal
What makes ‘Smooth Criminal’ one of the greatest videos of all-time is because, well, Michael Jackson knows how to make a video. But ‘Smooth Criminal’ was ripped right out of Jackson’s film Moonwalker which you may or may not have seen. That alone tells you a lot that everyone knows the video, but less know about the film (which also starred Joe Pesci).
2) Michael Jackson — Thriller
People will be shocked, SHOCKED, that ‘Thriller’ is only No. 2. ‘Thriller’ is probably consensus the G.O.A.T. when it comes to music videos. It’s really a short film, narrated by the legend himself Vincent Price. Praise for this visionary classic can be found elsewhere but it will be a blatant disrespect if it’s NOT Nos. 1 or 2.
1) Ghostface Killah — Daytona 500
The first thought on your mind is ‘you on something bruh’. Well, since it’s MY list I can manipulate it the way I see it. And I’m sure there will be some sounding off when this is read but I’m going to tell you why I chose ‘Daytona 500’ as MY favorite music video. And yes, it goes back to cartoons. I’m not much of a fan of “Speed Racer.” Not even sure if I’ve seen two complete episodes ever. So besides Racer X, the Mach 5 and Chim-Chim, the most memorable “Speed Racer” moment for me comes at the beginning of this video — when Speed turns towards the camera while being in the clutches of some baddies and raps:
“Say peace to cats who rock MAC Knowledge Knowledges/Street astrologists, light up the mic God acknowledge this.”
What better way to represent a verbal race akin to the Daytona 500 but with the greatest race car driver of all-time (albeit animated) Speed Racer.
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