Abdul Malik Abbott
Director, Screenwriter, Editor

   
Raised in Harlem, New York, Abdul Malik Abbott attended the acclaimed High School of Music & Art as a painter and illustrator and grew up in the world of hip-hop. Wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps as a photographer and filmmaker, Abdul received his (film) Bachelor’s degree at the School of Visual Arts. He got his start in the biz working in the sound dept. on Spike Lee’s “Do The Right Thing” & “Mo’ Better Blues”, as well as “Def by Temptation”, “New Jack City” and 100’s of commercials, movie & TV projects.
 
Abdul earned his creative reputation first as a Music Video editor, then made his way up the ranks at the helm of music videos, directing many of Jay-Z’s first videos, including, Ain’t No… ” and “ Dead Presidents ”, both going to #1 on MTV and BET. Abdul directed, co-wrote & edited the Platinum-selling, music video-mini-movie starring Jay-Z entitled “Streets is Watching”. It earned a #1 slot in Billboard.  Abdul directed the hip-hop infused gangster drama entitled “ State Property ” (Lionsgate), starring Beanie Sigel & Jay-Z. Soon after a brief theatrical release, the modestly budgeted movie was released on home video and DVD and rose to be the 10th top selling video in the U.S. on Videoscan & Billboard and has grossed closer to 12 million to date.
Abdul directed the first four episodes for a web series entitled “ Who Da Man ?” and co-wrote & Produced an independent feature film in entitled “My Normal”, (Wolfe Releasing).
 
Following his other passion, Music, Abdul also produces and composes songs for his music project B.O.S.S . and other artists under the stage name “DJ ABBY AB”. B.O.S.S has released their first EP “ Tricky Kinda Love and their tune “” Me & You ” was featured on the soundtrack for the movie “The Loft” (2015, Universal Pictures) Abdul received a Telly Award for the music video he directed for the  spoken word/music  collaboration with poet Yazmin Monét Watkins entitled “ Grateful ” and has recently produced & directed a music video for B.O.S.S entitled "Let it all go", from the soundtrack of "Curse of War".
 
Currently Mr. Abbott is in post-production on a documentary chronicling the rise and fall of the hip-hop mega-group Digital Underground as well as developing several feature films and TV shows and has recently completed a short fashion film entitled "Balance of Power", Abdul also works as a videographer for such networks as BET, TV One, E! and Centric, shooting entertainment news programs and docs. He also serves as A&E Co-chair of the DGA’s African American steering committee and for over 9 years has been instrumental in organizing informative film industry panels and major events honoring fellow DGA members. Abdul's website is www.abdulmalikabbott.com