An attention-grabbing music video is just as important as the single he accompanies. Many of hip hop's biggest names have delivered music videos so astronomical that they could honestly only be labeled as “out of this world.”
Whether it was making women feel liberated and sexy with cameos from some of the hottest ladies in the entertainment business or celebrating a big win after starting from the bottom, this big-budget video made viewers want to get up and join the party. And did we mention they also swept award shows?
The BET Awards 2022 is slowly approaching, and ahead of this year’s event, we’re taking a look at five of the hottest visuals ever to win Video of the Year at the BET Awards. See if your favorite song made it on the list.
Drake — “Started from the Bottom” ( 2013 )
As the lead single off his third studio album, Nothing Was the Same, the Canadian-born rapper raps about how he “Started from the Bottom” but is now at the top in this 2013 banger. In his decade-long musical career, the former child actor has already made a very lucrative and accolade-filled legacy for himself. Fellow Canadian filmmaker Julien Christian better known as Director X, was behind the visual.
Chris Brown ft. Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne — “Look at Me Now” ( 2011 )
R&B bad boy Chris Brown enlisted filmmaker and television commercial director Colin Tilley for the visual for this 2011 track featuring rap icons Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne. Tilley is responsible for some of the hottest music videos in hip hop, including Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright” and Schoolboy Q’ “That Part,” featuring Grammy Award-winning rapper Kanye West.
Cardi B ft. Megan Thee Stallion — “WAP” ( 2021 )
Bronx, NY, native Cardi B and Houston hottie Megan Thee Stallion broke the internet with their Collin Tilley-directed colorful and designer-filled visual for “WAP.”The video included cameos from Kylie Jenner, Normani, Rosalía, Latto, Sukihana, and Rubi Rose.
DJ Khaled ft. — Nipsey Hussle and John Legend — “Higher” ( 2020 )
The music video for “Higher” by DJ Khaled, John Legend, and the late Nipsey Hussle was released nearly two months after the west coast rapper was gunned down outside his “The Marathon Clothing” store in Los Angeles on March 13, 2019. The Eif Rivera-directed visual featured Legend on keys and Nipsey rapping next to a pair of low-rider convertibles bouncing in the air.
Childish Gambino — “This America” ( 2019)
Comedian and actor Donald Glover made his return as the hip hop emcee Childish Gambino and delivered a PSA visual on gun violence and mass shootings in America while addressing other social issues, including systemic racism and discrimination. The video, which references the 2015 Charleston church shooting, received roughly 12.9 million views within 24 hours.
Tune into the BET Awards 2022 Sunday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on BET.