An Artist from birth and raised in Harlem, NY, Abdul Malik Abbott a former member of the Boys Choir of Harlem, attended the acclaimed High School of Music & Art as a painter and illustrator. 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. Soon after, 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 other 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. He also directed new and established artists, including Jazz Legend Abbey Lincoln, Rap Legends; Notorious B.I.G, Big Daddy Kane, KRS-1 and Will Smith, also directing Foxy Brown, Kenny Lattimore, Hezekiah Walker, Dave Hollister, Saigon, Trey Songz, country singer Bonnie Paul, Kevin L, R&B icons, The Pointer Sisters and int'l pop star Leki, just to name a few.
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 also 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 over 10 million to date.
Abdul has recently completed a slate of music videos as well as directing; "Artist Found in Port Washington Flat", a multimedia production for Oscar Nominated actor/writer Burt Young. 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) . Abdul also writes & produces songs for his music group B.O.S.S. Abdul is currently a member Co-chair of the DGA's African American Steering committee as well as a member of SESAC and the WGA(w).