2. Busta Rhymes "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" (1997)
Director: Hype Williams
According to Busta, the entire time "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" was being recorded, Coming to America was playing, muted, in the background. He told XXL, "The record sounded like some African shit, and the movie was some African shit." No wonder it became the inspiration for one of Hype Williams' most legendary videos; not only did it run with the African motif, but gave it an abstract, artful start-stop quality that seemed to synch perfectly to the music. And sure, other videos might have had more explosions, more bling, more money put into them. But Busta had an aesthetic that went beyond eye-catching: It was African-royalty glory rap opera, stunning in every possible way. With Williams' fisheye lens technique-also used around that time on Missy Elliott's "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)"-the director used iridescent body paint, some adventurous costuming and ambitious choreography that, if not masterfully executed, would've been a joke to the streets. Instead, he created a video that was one part homage and two parts DMT trip. Coming to America may have been the inspiration, but "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" was and remains in a league of its own, and doesn't just deserve to be seen on an MTV that should still play videos, but probably a few museums' permanent collections, as well.