Abdul Malik Abbott
Following in his father's footsteps as a filmmaker, Abdul Malik Abbott received his Bachelor's degree in Film at the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He got his start in the biz working in the sound dept. and earned his creative reputation first as a Music Video editor editing well over 250 music videos for major labels and recording artists. He eventually made his way up the ranks at the helm of music videos, directing all genres of music including many of now rap legend Jay-Z's first videos, including, "Ain't No..." and "Dead Presidents", both going to #1. Abdul also directed, co-wrote & edited the Platinum-selling, long-form music video starring Jay-Z entitled "Streets is Watching". It earned a #1 slot in Billboard. Specializing in narrative/story-telling structures with a lot of his music videos, Abdul was hired to direct the scripted hip-hop-infused gangster drama entitled "State Property" (Lionsgate) starring Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z. With its limited release, it had one of the highest per-screen averages during its initial release and went on to be one of the top-10 selling movies in home video sales. After moving to Los Angeles and joining the Directors Guild of America (DGA), Abdul continued to direct music videos as well as maintaining a career as an editor and Videographer for TV shows, docs, and new media projects.
Embracing his aspirations as a musician, Abdul co-created with his singer/songwriter partner Natalieq, an R&B/Soul music project called B.O.S.S. He produced 2 commercially available albums for B.O.S.S: "Tricky Kinda Love" and "Liquid Leather" and a solo album under his stage name DJ ABBY AB entitled "Balance Love Power", which was an album with several featured vocalists on it and a number of instrumental tunes all composed and performed by Abdul.
Recently Mr. Abbott directed & edited the award-winning short film which he also wrote entitled "Curse of War", and the spin-off music video from the film by his band B.O.S.S entitled: "Let it all go". Soon after, Abdul directed and edited the short, erotic, music-driven short fashion film "Balance of Power", which was awarded the "People's Telly Award" and "Best Experimental Film" at the Los Angeles Movie Awards and the Flickfair Film Festival. He also directed, produced, and edited the dark drama "The Ties That Bind" for Kids in the Spotlight organization. In 2020, the dark-comedy short film "The Audacity" which Abdul Produced, Wrote & Directed was released on Amazon direct. Recently Abdul produced & edited "AAFCA TV Honors" and "The AAFCA Awards" for the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA)