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Science fiction hip-hop vids

By Chase Hoffberger, 5:03PM, Wed. Jul. 23, 2008

Commander ?uestlove. What about Lt. Rhymes? Dr. Booty Brown? With the exception of the Neptunes and André 3Gs, there’s not much opportunity to see hip-hop’s interstellar fanatics get down on the extra-terrestrial tip outside of the studio. They’ll stamp it on their work, but even the guys living in Houston take little public interest in the happenings over at the Johnson Space Center.

Which is why we thank the once-good intentions of MTV for the music video. Through them we’ve seen “Mo Money, Mo Problems” put Puffy and Mase in spacesuits and Missy Elliott shot into orbit with “Sock It to Me.” Those who thought Method Man would have been perfectly cast in Apollo 13 can check him maneuvering through a spaceship in “Judgment Day.”

Here are a few more in honor of our Sci-Fi issue. See "Mothership Connection" for more.

Busta Rhymes, “Fire It Up”

The Beastie Boys, “Intergalactic”

Dungeon Family, “Trans DJ Express”

Method Man & Redman, “Da Rockwilder” (see below)

The Pharcyde, “Runnin’”

Kanye West, “Stronger”

Outkast, “Prototype”

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