Darnell Williams - "South Central"
Director: Darnell Williams
This self-directed video from Detroit transplant Darnell Williams is crazy. This is the best of DIY—sure, Williams has a history in video journalism, so he wasn't going in untrained, but as a piece of filmmaking "South Central" is hypnotic.
It doesn't hurt that the song's as good as it is—Williams lectures on dangers of the block while bullet holes and lipstick are superimposed over his own image. The layers help the L.A.-based rapper visualize his lyrics, but they're only half the story, edit-wise. There are time lapse sequences, expert jump cuts, and color manipulations that will have any self-respecting video editor replaying "South Central" frame by frame to see just how Darnell did it.