Believe The Hype: Guess How Badly These Artists Broke Their Banks To Make Your Favorite Videos

- By Bossip Staff

collage of some of the most expensive music videos in history

We can’t believe how much these artists spent to make your favorite videos! We knew videos like “Thriller” and “Stronger” cost a lot to make, but until Black Enterprise broke down the facts and figures on the most expensive videos by black artists we didn’t know just how bad it was.

Some of these folks are repeat offenders too. It’s no wonder Hammer and TLC became bankrupt, MJ went so deeply into debt and that Kanye has to work two jobs (as producer as well as artist). After seeing the pricetags on some of their videos we can’t say we’re surprised.

Which video do YOU think cost the most? And who are you shocked to discover isn’t on this list? Keep clicking to find out!

Michael Jackson Thriller video

Artist/Song/Year: Michael Jackson “Thriller” (1984)
Director: John Landis
Cost: $500,000

Kanye West Touch The Sky

Artist/Song/Year:Kanye West feat. Lupe Fiasco “Touch the Sky” (2006)
Director: Chris Milk
Cost: Approximately $1,000,000

Kanye West Stronger

Artist/Song/Year: Kanye West “Stronger” (2007)
Director: Hype Williams
Cost: An estimated $1.2 million

Michael Jackson Remember The Time

Artist/Song/Year: Michael Jackson “Remember the Time” (1992)
Director: John Singleton
Cost: Estimated $1.2 million

MC Hammer Here Comes The Hammer

Artist/Song/Year: MC Hammer “Here Comes the Hammer” (1991)
Cost: Estimated $1.3 million

michael jackson black or white

Artist/Song/Video: Michael Jackson “Black or White” (1991)
Director: John Landis
Cost: Estimated $1.5 million

Blackstreet video

Artist/Song/Year: BLACKStreet feat. Janet Jackson, Ja Rule & Eve “Girlfriend/Boyfriend” (1999)
Cost: Estimated $1.5 million

TLC UnPretty video

Artist/Song/Year: TLC “Unpretty” (1999)
Director: Paul Hunter
Cost: Estimated $1.6 million

Missy Elliott She's A B****

Artist/Song/Year Missy Elliott “She’s a B****” (1999)
Director: Hype Williams
Cost: Almost $2 million

Will Smith Miami

Artist/Song/Year: Will Smith “Miami” (1998)
Director: Wayne Isham
Cost: $2 million

Michael Jackson Bad

Artist/Song/Year: Michael Jackson “Bad”
Director: Martin Scorcese
Cost: Estimated $2.2 million

Busta Rhymes Janet Jackson What's It Gonna Be

Artist/Song/Year: Busta Rhymes feat. Janet Jackson “What’s it Gonna Be?!” (1999)
Director: Hype Williams
Cost: Reported $2.4 million

Mariah Carey Heartbreaker

Artist/Song/Year:Mariah Carey feat. Jay-Z “Heartbreaker” (1999)
Director: Brett Ratner
Cost: Over $2.5 Million

MC Hammer 2 Legit 2 Quit video

Artist/Song/Year MC Hammer “Too Legit to Quit” (1991)
Director: Rupert Wainwright
Cost:$2.5 million

Diddy Victory

Artist/Song/Year: Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes “Victory” (1998)
Director: Marcus Nispel
Cost: $2.7 million

Scream Janet Jackson Michael Jackson

Artist/Song/Year: Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson “Scream” (1995)
Director: Marc Romanek
Cost: $7 million


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  • CaRCar

    I think this is fake… Unpretty… Really? 2 million? Come on

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