Mar 31, 2017
It was 1999, and Prince’s song became the year’s unofficial soundtrack as the party began. Computers had not yet made it through a new millennium and many people thought the world was going to end. The old prophesies of Nostradamus seemed to target 1999. Many movies leading up to this time event, including “Strange Days”, “End of Days”, “The Matrix”, “The Omega Code”, and “Dogma”, picked up on this theme. However, one film escaped my attention during the party. Hype Williams, the premiere hip hop music video director, fashioned a tale that combined a vague apocalyptic theme with a story right from the ‘hood. I can’t believe it took me this long to rediscover and watch “Belly”.
Demari Faust and I met just outside The Ringside Café in Pearl Alley the fall 2015. He was shooting a music video with another video artist, Mook. I patiently waited till the camera stopped, introduced myself, and continued a dialog with both of them. After hearing “Demmy’s” music I wanted his interview. When asked, he did not hesitate to reveal the movie that moved him, “Belly”. He has mad respect for Hype Williams, and committed this film to memory. I am thankful for the chance to see what I missed during the party of 1999. This latest offering of Moving Music comes with the sting of this story.