Director: Hype Williams
Areas Featured: The Tunnel

Because Hype Williams is a music video director, it makes sense that the opening of Belly, his first feature, is a music video. Nas and DMX exist a large automobile to enter resplendent Peter Gatien's famous nightclub The Tunnel, a hip-hop church and city icon in the '90s. An a capella version of "Back to Life" by Soul II Soul scores the action, which is doused in black light and unfolds in slow motion, because, of course. The famous coed bathrooms of the most important club in rap are on full display; X stares at woman smoking a blunt with confident stillness. Men in masks enter. And then the fight begins.-RS