The dazzling universe of the local rappers THEESatisfaction is connected to the equally dazzling universe of the NYC filmmaker Terence Nance by way of the hiphop/culture critic dream hampton. In the case of THEESatisfaction, hampton directed the video for "QueenS" (easily the best rap video of 2012); in the case of Terence Nance, hampton was one of the producers for his debut feature, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (another producer was none other than Beyoncé's husband). Hampton's link is important because the universes have so many similarities, the main of which finds its meaning in THEESatisfaction's defining expression "black weirdo" (which is a man or woman in the R&D department of black American culture).
Oversimplification is about a black weirdo, the director, Nance, who is in love with a stunningly beautiful woman named Namik Minter—real names are used in this film because it maintains no line whatsoever between documentary and fiction, or even animation and reality. Nance is young, a failed carpenter, an urban animal with crazy hair, and a romantic who is committed to a life that has no moment or emotion that's not processed by his art (making films). If Nance were a bad artist, it's easy to see how Oversimplification would be unwatchable. But despite his almost megalomaniacal focus on himself, his love for Minter, and Minter's ultimate rejection of this love, the film does not have one boring moment, has many moments that reach the sublime, and has a couple of moments that cross over into the realm of genius. You will be enchanted (in the original sense of that word) by this film's surreal animation sequences, its soundtrack (which is part jazz, part funk, part French impressionism, part hiphop), its loops and repetitions, and its poetry. Keep it real; keep it weird.