We often use this space to discuss how Chicago's architecture and neighborhoods are seen in movies and TV shows. But I think the best view comes from hip-hop music videos--especially those by Chicago artists.
Kanye West directed the above video for rapper Common's 2005 cut "The Corner."‚ West sees Chicago the way a native does: at times cold and foreboding, yet beautiful. The opening helicopter shot of the domed Adler Planetarium sitting out in an ice-over Lake Michigan is brilliant, as are the cuts to what I think is a 1981 Oldsmobile rolling down Garfield Blvd on 20" rims. Navy Pier and the high-rises of north Lake Shore Drive are seen, as are the Regal Theater near 79th and Stony Island, the corner of 79th and Cottage Grove.