SC: Big Sean and director Lamont up for video award

Susan Whitall and Chuck Bennett

‘Video of the Year’ nom for Big Sean, director Lamont

The “IDFWU” music video that filmmaker (and native Detroiter) Lawrence Lamont directed for his good buddy (and fellow Detroit native), Big Sean, is up for video of the year in Sunday’s BET Awards. “Oh, we already won,” beamed Lamont. “We’re nominated in a category that pits us against Beyoncé,Chris Brown, Nicki Minaj, and Common and John Legend. Just being named in that company is winning. If that’s not winning, I don’t know what is.”

Lamont, 25, also directed Big Sean’s music video “I Know,” released Wednesday, which highlights his narrative skills. “I Know” co-stars the beautiful JheneAiko, and follows as the two artists, made up as old people, check into a nursing home. Sparks fly between the two, and their mutual attraction can’t be held down to the confines of the home or the old folks’ mixer/dance. Entertainment Weekly wrote about “I Know”: “It would be totally cool if Sean has director Lawrence Lamont, who also helmed the clever football ‘IDFWU’ video, helmed all his future visual endeavors.” The video Lamont directed for rapper J. Cole’s song, “G.O.M.D.,” also is drawing critical acclaim and debuted to several million views. The video casts Cole as a house slave for a Southern plantation, fighting for freedom as he raps about love and stereotypes.

On Sunday, we’ll be rooting for Lamont, Big Sean and “IDFWU” when the BET Awards air live at 8 p.m. on BET.

Howdy neighbor

Ken Downing, Neiman Marcus fashion director and senior vice president, has purchased a home in Detroit’s Arden Park area. An arbiter of fashion and fabulousness, Downing, whose principal residence is in Dallas, is excited about Detroit’s renaissance and even more excited to become a part-time Detroiter.

“I think I want to be called a Detroitian,” Downing joked last week during a party at Neiman Marcus’s Somerset Collection store. “Detroit is becoming so very cool. I just think being a Detroitian sounds cooler than Detroiter. Doesn’t matter, I’m just thrilled to be here and to become a part of this remarkable city.” Not sure we’ll be signing up for the name change, Ken, but we’re happy to welcome you as one of our newest, most fashionable Detroiters, Detroitians, or whatever we are.

Coffey does Tarentino

Former Motown studio guitarist Dennis Coffey’s psychedelic guitar made the Temptations’ “Cloud Nine” and other Motown hits so memorable, before he struck out on his own with the ’70s hit “Scorpio.” It seemed as if the longtime Detroiter’s style would be perfect for a Quentin Tarantino film, and sure enough, Coffey plays guitar on a song, “Hate Street Dialog” that’s in the forthcoming Tarantino movie (coming out later this year), “The Hateful Eight,” a Western starring SamuelL. Jackson,Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The song was written by Coffey, Mike Theodore and Gary Harvey, and is sung by Rodriguez (who will be at The Fox on July 5 opening for Brian Wilson).


■Congratulations to Jennifer Williams, Greater Media Detroit’s director of corporate interactive marketing, who was named as one of the 100 “Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine.