High Five

Moe Pope on the art of music videos

Boston indie hip-hop artist Moe Pope.
David Salafia
Boston indie hip-hop artist Moe Pope.

Watching the new video for “Annie Mulz,” in which Moe Pope and his bandmate Rain terrorize a Boston pub as vampires, you get the sense that Pope grew up loving the art of music videos. It’s the first single from the local indie hip-hop artist’s forthcoming album with Rain, “Let the Right Ones In,” due in January.

Pope, who is nominated for a Boston Music Award for hip-hop artist of the year, recently told us about five of his favorite videos. It was a tough call.

“Because I’m such a music freak, I thought, ‘Do I go with the grunge era or the hip-hop classic era?’ You can’t get everything,” he said.


1. J Dilla, “Nothing Like This “It’s a cartoon the Adult Swim people did.”

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2. Madvillain, “Accordion “It’s so plain. It’s MF Doom in a hallway, black-and-white, and to make that interesting, they did a really great job. A song has to be good, but a video has to be equally good.”

3. Zoo Kid (now known as King Krule), “Out Getting Ribs “It’s another one where it’s very plain, but how they did this video is very classy.”

4. Beastie Boys, “Sabotage “During that time, no one was doing concept videos, especially a hip-hop group. They made unbelievable ones. ‘Sabotage’ is the pinnacle for what you could do with hip-hop.”

5. Little Dragon, “Twice“It’s subtle. The kind of animation they chose for it was beautiful.”


You can watch the video for
“Annie Mulz” at www.moepope