Beyonce’s long-term video collaborator Melina Matsoukas is also the woman behind the camera for a plethora of top artists, including Katy Perry, Ciara, and Rihanna, among others. Expanding her repertoire, Matsoukas is now directing and executive producing HBO’s Issa Rae-created comedy Insecure.
While we wait for the next episode (Sunday nights at 10:30 p.m. ET), Billboard rounded up five of Matsoukas’ standout music videos for your viewing pleasure.
“Sensual Seduction” – Snoop Dogg (2007)
Before he was throwing weekly dinner parties with Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg was known for his old-school West Coast tracks, including “What’s My Name,” “Still a G Thang” and “Gin & Juice.” Snoop forayed into disco with his ’70s-inspired music video for “Sensual Seduction,” where he plays the keytar on a hazy stage, floats in outer space on a round bed, and shows off his Soul Train-inspired dance moves.
“Just Dance” – Lady Gaga feat. Colby O’Donis (2008)
On her way to a party that’s dwindling down, Lady Gaga breathes new life into the languorous guests while performing her Grammy-nominated debut single “Just Dance.” The crowd of mostly 20-somethings (and one cool grandma) find themselves dancing on the couch, eating spaghetti or jumping in the inflatable kiddie pool with Gaga while her catchy synth-pop track plays in the background.
“Closer” – Ne-Yo (2008)
Wearing a charcoal-gray suit with matching fedora, R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo dances in a dark and dreamy space, lit by flashing light panels, as he sings into a retro microphone. As the song progresses, the track’s lyrics are shown on the screen while the crooner is singing to his love interest. Matsoukas previously collaborated with Ne-Yo for his “Do You” and “Because of You” music videos.
“We Found Love” – Rihanna (2011)
Hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, thanks to Rihanna’s vocals and Calvin Harris’ production, this visual showcases the toxic love-hate relationship between RiRi and her on-screen boyfriend. While the music video received criticism for showing recreational drug use and physical violence, Matsoukas won the the best short form music video Grammy in 2012. The pair have collaborated on six music videos.
“Formation” – Beyonce (2016)
Since 2007, Matsoukas has collaborated with Beyonce on 12 music videos, including her Lemonade lead single “Formation.” At the beginning of the video, Mrs. Carter is lying on top of a New Orleans police car in a flooded road then cuts to scenes of Bey with her dancers. The ladies are seen in various locations, including an abandoned pool, in an estate wearing Marie Antoinette-inspired costumes, and in all-black American Horror Story-esque outfits. The visual features heavy references to Hurricane Katrina, police brutality and black pride and experiments with a retro homemade-film aesthetic three-quarters of the way through.