A protégé of Hype Williams, Little X, Canadian music video director of Trinidadian heritage who has been noted for his high-budget, visually distinctive videos, has directed music videos for such popular songs as Usher's "Yeah" and "U Don't Have to Call," R. Kelly & Jay-Z's "Fiesta," Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss," Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious (Rockwilder Remix), John Mayer's "Clarity," and Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland's "Promiscuous" (2006).
He is now working on his feature film directional debut, "Razorwire," a vampire action/drama slated for a 2009 release.
Childhood and Family:
Born Julien Christian Lutz in 1975 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Little X, who also goes by the name “X,” “Lil' X,” or “Mr. X,” attended both Mayfield Secondary School and North Park Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario.
On Director's Chair
A former assistant to music video director Hype Williams, Little X became a visual consultant for "Belly" (1998), a noir musical/crime/drama motion picture starring rappers DMX and Nas that became the directional feature film debut of Williams. Also in this year, he directed Redman's video for "I'll Be Dat" and Noreaga's video "Banned from TV."
In the following year, Little X went on to helm Ice Cube's video "U Can Do It," Chris Rock's video "No Sex," and DMX's video for "What's My Name?" Hitting the new millennium, he directed music videos for M.O.P.'s "Ante Up," Mystikal's "Shake Ya Ass" and "Danger," Ghostface Killah's "Cherchez La Ghost," Aaliyah & DMX's "Come Back in One Piece," and Nelly's "E.I."
Afterwards, he added to his resume with directing works for music videos for Destiny's Child's "Bootylicious (Rockwilder Remix)," Usher Raymond's "U Don't Have to Call," Fabolous's "Can't Deny It," R. Kelly & Jay-Z's "Fiesta," as well as R. Kelly's "Step in the Name of Love" and "Thoia Thoing." After directing a TV commercial for Ikea featuring Billy Idol, he helmed music videos for Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Jay-Z's "Excuse Me Miss," John Mayer's "Clarity," and two TV commercials for JCPenney.
Nelly's "Flap Your Wings," Usher Raymond's "Caught Up" and "Yeah!," were music videos directed by Little X in 2004. He then helmed segment "The New Workout Plan" for "Kanye West: College Dropout - Video Anthology" (2005; V) and Ludacris' music video for "Pimpin' All Over the World." He also directed music videos for Sean Paul's "Temperature" (2005), Korn's "Coming Undone" (2006) and Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland's "Promiscuous" (2006). Additionally, he directed segments "Hey Luv [Anything]" and "Y.B.E." for "Mobb Deep: Life of the Infamous... The Videos" (2006; V).
In 2007, Little X served as second unit director for "How She Move," a Canadian film produced by MTV films that showcases the emerging street culture of step dancing and the talents of a new generation of Canadian-born actors. It was directed by Ian Iqbal Rashid and starring Rutina Wesley, Clé Bennett, and Romina D'Ugo.
He is currently working on his feature film directional debut, "Razorwire," a vampire action/drama slated for a 2009 release. It's written by Rob Davis, who will also star.