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

- By Bossip Staff
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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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    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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