Jonah Hill is a man of many talents, a performer whose iconic roles date back well over ten years. From the comedic triumphs of Superbad and 21 Jump Street to cameo roles with Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers, Hill has developed such a recognisable face in film. Over the past couple of years however, Hill has begun to move outside the confines of Hollywood. He's planted a firm foot in the creative realm of the music industry, a feat which other well-connected actors have struggled to pull off.
Jonah Hill's deep love of music was boldly exhibited on his directorial debut Mid90s, released last summer. The film centred round the lives of disaffected California youths, who found solace and inspiration in the golden-age hip hop of the day. Hill's admiration and respect for the legends of rap felt even more sincere as his face appeared at some of the industry's most exclusive events. I can't personally comprehend the idea of attending a Kanye West listening party, though I'm sure it must have been quite the fanboy moment for Hill.
Most impressively, Hill's fixation with his favoured artists has actually transformed into professional, industry-spanning collaborations. Back in 2017, Hill directed his first music video with maniacal maverick Danny Brown. I'm still coming to terms with the video, a demented take on the American family model which perfectly matched Brown's provocative style. Now, Hill has proven his directorial flair reaches far beyond schoolboy obsessions with rap to also encompass the great pioneers of indie.
Following his cameo in Vampire Weekend’s ‘Harmony Hall’, Hill seems equally as comfortable operating behind the camera with the New York trio. There’s plenty of capacity to show off in just a two minute video, mainly with trippy camera angles, cool split screen shots and starring roles from Steve Lacy and bizarrely Jerry Seinfeld. Hill furthermore captures a distinctly vintage feel in the picture, one which neatly aligns with the band’s retro pop aesthetic. The whole thing wonderfully conveys a transition of talents and a willingness to think outside the box.
Hopefully, Jonah Hill can become a regular collaborator in the criss-crossing music video sphere. You get the inkling he might just lead a new charge of actors and directors, all looking to expand their reach and challenge themselves. The potential in such a movement is exciting beyond a name tag in the credits section. It can reveal the side of an artist you never knew was there.
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