Happy Birthday F. Gary Gray!: A Look at the Five Best Music Video's He's Directed
Today marks landmark music video and film director F. Gary Gray's 44th birthday. While he's most known for the classic films Friday and Set It Off, showing his trademark talent for incorporating a hip-hop influence into the silver screen, it's important to also recognize Gray's tremendous contributions to the art of the music video. We at the Weekly would like to wish Mr. Gray the absolute happiest of birthdays by taking a look back at some of his finest music video moments.
Birthday Boy F. Gary Gray
Coolio - "Fantastic Voyage" 1994
Before he was synonymous with either the super-serious guilt tripping of Michelle Pfeiffer in the "Gangsta's Paradise" video, or co-signing Kenan and Kel, Coolio first broke nationwide in 1994 with "Fantastic Voyage." Gray's direction did a fantastic job shaping Coolio's image as a fun cooler-than-cool party maestro who could have a great time while calmly letting the party jam out of his trunk.
4) Dr. Dre - "Keep Their Heads Ringing" 1995
Off the soundtrack to his film Friday, Gray knew the importance music videos in the '90s had in order to get a young audience into a movie theater. He also apparently knew how to crank the party up to new heights by throwing a west coast party video inside of an airplane. Dimly lit to reflection the ominous vibe of the beat, it's one of the most subtly artful contributions of west coast hip-hop to the music video medium.