It only took Nas twenty years to give an official video for “Represent” off his debut album Illmatic.
Putting his words in our hands, he let a contest winner create his visual. The Queens native and Mass Appeal held a creative contest for a fan to create how they want his song to look. Winner, Brian Katz, was able to direct alongside Mass Appeal’s own Jason Goldwatch.
Inspired by the soundtrack to the 1924 silent film, The Thief of Bagdad, they created this black-and-white picture. DJ Premier also sampled the film for the song.
“As someone who has had Illmatic in heavy rotation for the past 20 years, the opportunity to represent as a true fan in sharing my vision with Nas and have Jason Goldwatch help bring that vision to reality is proof positive that indeed ‘The World Is Yours,’” said contest winner Katz.
Press play to watch his official release.