Monday, February 13, 2006

Buck 65: "463"

Hey hey. While the song is from 2003, Buck 65's "463" is an example of how to shoot a great video with only one person in front of the camera. The backwoods-hip-hop-meets-Tom-Waits speaksinglyricist's history with baseball is put at the forefront of the video. You see, Buck 65 (real name Richard Terfry) was once a baseball phenom, actually having scouts come and see him pitch back in high school - he was a very talented player before blowing out his knee and therefore his chances (he was in fact drafted by the New York Yankees). He's a phenomenal songwriter who happens to have grown up listening to Public Enemy tapes - and this video really catches your eye. The simplicity of just using Buck 65 to play all the roles in the video for both teams and the umpire is great - you don't even notice that they're the same person really and he gives character to each one of them (note: the catcher in the beginning has rosary beads; the 'cocky' player who takes the longest to get dressed; the grizzled manager; and so on). Add to the fact that you've got Micah Meisner directing it (who also did the video for "Kennedy Killed The Hat"), and you've got something pretty cool going on. Enjoy.

Video: Buck 65 - "463" [highly recommended]
{Directed by Micah Meisner}