The guy who documented the Proud Boys uprising also made music videos for DMX, Nas, and more.
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Nick Quested, who filmed the Proud Boys storming the Capitol on January 6, 2021, has directed videos for G-Dep, DMX, Trick Daddy and others.
Thursday (June 9) marked the start of hearings into the January 6, 2021 Capitol storming, and there’s a new star witness at the center of it. British filmmaker and documentary maker Nick Quested filmed the extremist group Proud Boys who took part in the Capitol Riots, unwittingly collecting evidence that was used against them on the first night of committee hearings.
“We took photos of the east side of the Capitol, then went to lunch. We went for tacos,” Quested said during Thursday night’s hearing.
Documentary filmmaker Nick Quested told the 1/6 Committee that he had tacos with the Proud Boys on January 6. pic.twitter.com/WwbQFwJ9pC
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Now, if you’re a hip-hop fan, the name Nick Quested should look familiar. As Derreck Johnson – aka Dee Phunk – from of Slate pointed outQuested has made over 100 rap videos, many from the late 90s and early 2000s. Nas, DMX, Tip dad, G-Dep and others. Quested’s CV videos include G-Dep Harlem Shake’s must-see “Special Delivery”, Trick Daddy’s “I’m A Thug” and “LA, LA” by Capone-N-Noreaga with Deep mobb and Gaddafi tragedy.
The January 6 Committee’s star witness is British filmmaker and documentary maker Nick Quested, who joined the Proud Boys for a project he was developing on the division in the United States, unaware that he was collecting evidence of a planned uprising.
Nick also realized this. pic.twitter.com/1cWs0SJVVs
—Dee Phunk (@DeePhunk) June 10, 2022
With a catalog of iconic rap videos, Quested once again became the center of the attack on the Capitol on January 6. The filmmaker spoke with The Guardian why he decided to follow the Proud Boys during the riots.
“Why did I cross the barriers in the first place? Listen, there are two types of people in this world. There are people who walk towards disturbances and people who walk away. I march towards disruption,” Quested said. “I didn’t know there was a confrontation going on. I sensed a disturbance in the crowd and headed for this confrontation. And that matchup turned out to be Ryan Samsel breaking down barriers. And then the weight of the crowd overwhelmed the officers at the gate.