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(April 16, 2004)  *** LITTLE X, BENNY BOOM TO APPEAR ON MUCHMUSIC MUCH ON DEMAND NEXT FRIDAY *** posted that Little X, Benny Boom, Melyssa Ford, and Mr. Bentley will appear on the primetime version of Canadian MuchMusic's Much On Demand  next Friday (April 23) at 8pm.  All four are in town for the Men In Suits party (as mentioned in the post below).  Those of you in Toronto can go down to the Queen Street studios that night to see them live.
(thanks to jrcrave for the info)

Little X is shooting the new Kelis video Trick Me tomorrow (Thursday) in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough (which happens to be where I'm from) :o)  As you may remember, the video was originally supposed to be shot in early March in Los Angeles, but was postponed for a bit.
(thanks to Jerome for the info)

X is also throwing a party, entitled the Men In Suits | Women In Dresses, next Saturday (April 24) in Toronto.  Click on the flyer images for location and ticket info:

Men In Suits Men In Suits

Not sure what the exact premiere date was, but the R. Kelly video Happy People (dir: Mr. X) has been seen airing on BET in the last week or so.  The video can also be seen on
(thanks to Kevin L. for the info)

(April 8, 2004)  INFO ON R. KELLY VIDEO SHOOT has posted an article with info on the video shoot for R. Kelly's upcoming track Happy People, which was shot mid-March at the Congress Hotel in Chicago.
click here to read article on
(thanks to Kevin L. for the info)

(March 17, 2004)  X DIRECTS NEW R. KELLY VIDEO | MAKING OF... CLARITY CLIP ONLINE posted that Little X has directed a video  for title track to R. Kelly's upcoming album Happy People this past weekend in Chicago.
click here to read blurb on
(thanks to Kevin L. for the info)

A Making Of... clip for Clarity (John Mayer) can be downloaded (in Windows Media format) at the John Mayer media download site

As mentioned here in the past few weeks, Little X had been crediting himself as "Mr. X" with his past few videos.  It is now official, Little X is now known as "Mr. X" (as reflected on the updated Mr. X webpage on the official HSI Productions website in the past few weeks).  X's page has also been updated to include clips to three new videos: Come Back In One Piece (Aaliyah & DMX), Yeah! (Usher) and Clarity (John Mayer).

(March 11, 2004)  LITTLE X & BENNY BOOM ONLINE INTERVIEW CLIP | KELIS VIDEO DELAYED recently conducted an interview with directors Little X and Benny Boom, and they've posted the full 28min. interview in Windows Media format on their site.  click here to watch/download the interview

Here's an interview/article with Little X that was published in the January 23 issue of Jamaica Observer.  The interview deals with his commercial shoot for Guinness Beer in Jamaica.
(thanks to jrcrave for the info!)

According to, word has it that the video shoot for Kelis's Trick Me has been postponed indefinitely.
(thanks to
Elttil for the info)

(March 9, 2004)  X TO SHOOT KELIS VIDEO
According to the official Kelis website, Little X is to shoot the upcoming video for the track Trick Me in Los Angeles tomorrow (March 10).  The website describes the video like this:

"With 'Trick Me' as the title it's fair to say the video will feature more than a little Kelis magic with the action taking place in a universal soul circus! Expect some cool choreography and an American/West Indian vibe!"

(thanks to Elttil for the info)

(February 28, 2004)  USHER VIDEO PREMIERES
The Little X-directed video for Usher's Yeah premiered last Wednesday (18th) on BET's 106 & Park, as well as the night before on Access Granted.  The video features the track's guest rappers Lil' Jon and Ludacris as well as cameos from Chingy, Jazze Pha, and Farnsworth Bentley).  Once again, X is credited as "Mr. X" for the video.
(thanks to Kevin L. & Julien R. for the info)

The Little-X directed video for Clarity by John Mayer premiered yesterday on all major music channels.  Little X also co-directed a video with Jamaican director Ras Kassa for Dude (remix) by Beenie Man feat. Shawna and Ms. Thing.  Little X is credited as "Mr. X" for both videos (as he was for the G-Unit video Poppin' Them Thangs).
click here to view behind-the-scenes footage and the full video for Dude (remix)
(thanks to jrcrave & Chmura for the info)

According to a press release, the Little X-directed video for John Mayer's Clarity will premiere next week on VH1.
click here to read press release

(January 27, 2004)  MORE JOHN MAYER VIDEO INFO has posted info on the upcoming John Mayer video Clarity.  The video opens with John walking along the Santa Monica pier, observing happy couples holding hands and having a good time on the beach.  The scene changes to him driving along the Pacific Coast Highway in a convertible, then returning to the beach at the end of the song.  The video takes a "don't worry, be happy" outlook, as referenced in the song's lyrics.  The video is expected to air sometime in February.
click here to read article at
(thanks to Kevin L. for the info)

(January 22, 2004)  ***LITTLE X TO SHOOT USHER VIDEO***
Little X is scheduled to shoot a new video for Usher (feat. Ludacris & Lil' Jon) entitled Yeah, in Los Angeles this coming weekend.  This will be the 4th video that Little X has shot for Usher; he's directed Usher's last 3 videos: U Got It Bad, U-Turn and U Don't Have To Call.

Behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot for the Little X-directed video for Clarity (by John Mayer) was shown on ET on VH1 (an Entertainment Tonight cross-over show airing on VH1) this past weekend.  Reporter Maria Menounos interviewed him on the Entertainment Tonight set, as behind-the-scenes footage from the video were shown.  One scene shows John Mayer singing to the track while walking along the Santa Monica pier, as Little X looks on.  Another scene shows X and John Mayer reviewing footage on a monitor.
Screen captures from the behind-the-scenes footage (seen below) can be downloaded at the John Mayer 83 website.
A digitized video MPEG clip of the footage can be downloaded at the John Mayer fansite,

the video shoot for Clarity for John Mayer (directed by Little X) on the Santa Monica pier (photos from John Mayer 83)

A very reliable source has informed me that Little X has directed a video for pop/rock artist John Mayer for his upcoming single Clarity.  The video was shot this past December in Santa Monica.  Although Little X is known mainly for his hip-hop and R&B videos, he has directed videos for non-urban artists in the past.  Back in 1998 when he first started directing Little X directed a video for local Canadian artist Joee, If I Could.  In 1999 Little X directed the video Freak of the Week for rock group Marvelous 3.  More recently, in August 2002, X directed Gotta Get Thru This for British pop/dance singer Daniel Bedingfield.  The John Mayer video is perhaps the most high-profile non-urban artist that Little X has directed for so far.  Expect the video to be released any day now, as the single was just released to radio outlets this past week (January 12).

(December 31, 2003 - January 6, 2004)  2003 YEAR REVIEW
2003 was another busy year for Little X.  He directed no fewer than 16 music videos including three heavily rotated videos for R. Kelly (Snake, Thoia Thoing, Step In The Name Of Love) and two for Sean Paul (Get Ready & I'm Still In Love).  He also directed videos for 112, Kevin Little, and Kardinal Offishall which were either re-shot by another director or not released by the record company.  He continued to branch into commercials, directing a clip for Guiness beer which aired in Jamaica.  My personal favorite videos this year include: Where I'm Going (Melanie Durrant), Thoia Thoing (R. Kelly), I'm Still In Love (Sean Paul) and Cop That Disc (Timbaland & Magoo).  My least favorites were No Letting Go (Wayne Wonder) and Snake (R. Kelly).  Much luck to Little X on all his projects in 2004


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