Asif Mian

Asif Mian has a vision and I like it. A lot. He directed Aesop Rock's “Fast Cars” video back in 2005 and it's still sick five years later. It's one of my all time faves and remains permanently placed in my memory bank. If you've seen it, you already know why. If you haven't, you will.

He did this one for The Roots “Trilogy Video” (feat. “All in the Music”, “Here I Come” & “Don't Feel Right”) in 2006. I love how it starts all dark, builds anticipation and then segues stylistically into the two other songs. Seamless and smooth.

Because three is the magic number, here's another one that's waaay different from the two above - both musically and stylistically. It's the video he did for Woodhands “I Wasn't Made For Fighting” in 2008. What I really appreciated about this video was the sharp contrast between what you hear, and what you see...instead of a textual oxymoron, it was a sensorial oxymoron. I saw it as a metaphor for the moments we felt like we were going in slow motion while everything else continued speeding past. At least that's how I interpreted it.