Feb 08, 2011 12:00AM

Nas and Damien Marley get Epic

An Australian director is making it big in the music video world.


28-year-old Nabil Elderkin began life as a young Australian surf photographer. Now he's making music videos for Mos Def and Jeremy Scott, shooting an entire book of photos for Kanye West and filming award-winning documentaries in Uganda. How does this happen? White magic? Surrendering of first-born children? Whatever it is, it's not fair.

Nabil's latest work is a video for Nas and Damien Marley's 'Patience'. I've been trying to describe it for ages, but I keep typing things and then deleting them. Epic would be a good word:

As usual, the best reviews can be found in the comment sections of popular video hosting sites, YouTube and Vimeo:

  • badz416: a message to the white?? man
  • geniusthadon: Some of the smartest dummies, cyaan read da language of Egyptian mummies...
  • Michael Alan: I detect definite Juggalo influence. Sort of like if "Miracles" and "Power" cross-pollinated.
  • Christine: Crazy lyrics... freemason ideas?
  • The Whorington: In Cam'ron voice..."Nabil, you own me!!!!!"
  • HeruTutankhamun: Video of the year. Perfect that they feature Black Afrikan culture for Black History Month. Even the concepts of Christianity originates out of Afrika....black folks we got this! This is our time to resurrect & lead this Earth into the Heavens as our ancestors the 1st people on Earth once did. Amen
  • Ben Famous: I want to be apart of historic pieces like this. The imagery and song content make this entire production ageless. I'm in awe.
  • Lord Bootsy Jenkins III: This was outstanding. So many layers of detail! I will have to watch this at least 10 times to take everything in.
  • Joe Moya: Dat's some nice compositing