Wainwright was one of the first directors on the West Coast to
take rap videos seriously. His ground breaking work won numerous awards – MTV
Awards, Grammies, Soul Train Awards etc, etc, but the attention he is most
proud of is the fact that STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON was banned by the FBI.
In 1996 he shot the controversial short film for Michael Jackson “HISTORY” in Budapest, Hungary. With its use of Communist Era imagery and cutting edge visual effects, the spot created a storm when it ran in theaters all over the world for the release of Jackson’s greatest hits album.
Wainwright’s music videos brought both a unique story telling sensibility and an strong design sense to rap videos as they took white America by storm. His work with MC Hammer, Niggaz With Attitude (NWA), Ton Loc, Michael Jackson, Too Short and others helped rap cross over beyond a hard core audience and broadened its appeal and album sales.