The Texas native cut his teeth in the early ’90s around the region, working with local rock bands before teaming with the Geto Boys on the Houston rap group’s “Straight Gangsterism” video in 1993 and beginning a transition into hip-hop that included work for Lords of the Underground, Public Enemy and Onyx early on. Soon, he was propelled into the mainstream as one of the industry’s go-to video directors.
Over the past 20 years, Kahn’s music videography has ranged from the likes of Aaliyah, Faith Hill, Areosmith and Dr Dre, and with Swift’s new “Bad Blood” and “Blank Space,” he adds to his long and impressive list of credits.
In order to get you reacquainted with his work, here are Kahn’s 10 most memorable videos:
Snoop Doggy Dogg – “Tha Doggfather” (1997)
In which Snoop Dogg lives out a mobster fantasy in America’s jazz age and takes no guff from an annoying Maître D’.
Backstreet Boys – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” (1997)
Who can forget that time the Backstreet Boys‘ tour bus broke down and were turned into an all-star squad of monsters in a nearby haunted mansion?
Brandy & Monica – “The Boy is Mine” (1998)
The concept for Brandy and Monica‘s hit “The Boy is Mine” is all in the song, but in this era-defining video Kahn puts them juxtaposition as next-door neighbors not only battling over hearthrob Mekhi Phifer but control of the TV too. Spoiler alert: the girls win.
Sisqó – “Thong Song” (2000)
This could have nearly been a tourism video for Miami Beach attracting visitors for attractions such fine as thongs, thongs and more thongs. Of course Sisqó brings the sickest dance moves to his spring break party, helped by some impressive wire-flying and black lights.
Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name” (2000)
Kahn ditches the necessity for any sort of narrative line as Destiny’s Child wards off cheaters by mixing modern, monochromatic rooms and matching wardrobes before switching it all up with moving floors and a choreographed dance scene feeling required in the era.
Enrique Iglesias “Hero” (2001)
Enrique Iglesias and Jennifer Love Hewitt are lovers on the run with a bag full of cash presumably stolen from a pre-comeback Mickey Rourke. It’s all romance until the bad guys catch up with the couple and then things get really dramatic.
Eminem – “Without Me” (2002)
Rather than being the cause of all evil in the world, Eminem returns as a caped crusader to save the day — Rap Boy! Hilarity ensues, perfectly encapsulating pop culture in the early aughts, Eminem’s irreverent attitude and the hysteria that surrounded the rapper early on.
Britney Spears – “Toxic” (2004)
Britney Spears perfectly plays a stylish international spy, kicking butt left and right, out for revenge against an ex-lover. The reported budget on this lavish video was $1 million.
Eminem feat. Rihanna – “Love the Way You Lie” (2010)
As Kahn teamed with Eminem again here, this time around the rapper brought Rihanna along as well as more serious tone. Megan Fox and Dominic Monaghan star as a couple in an abusive relationship with the world around them going up in flames.
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space” (2015)
In Kahn’s first video with Swift, the two played up her reputation as a serial dater to paint the pop star as a villainous man eater complete with nods to film legend Stanley Kubrick in the shots through center-framing and symmetry.