Filmmaker Ruth Hogben collaborates with award-winning musician Kanye West to create a film for his single Lost in the World. The song, which features Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, is taken from West’s fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Hogben’s piece breaks the mould of popular rap aesthetics while still celebrating the extraordinary talent that has made West a modern icon.
The nominees for the 54th Annual Grammy Awards have just been announced and Kanye West has received 8 nominations in total, including one for the prestigious Song Of The Year award for “All of the Lights”.
Fresh off the last video release which included an epilepsy warning. Kanye West’s unedited version of the music video for “Monster”, posted just shortly on KanyeWest.com, now comes with one for necrophilia. Logging onto the website, at the moment of pressing play a message appears explaining the video to be in no way misogynistic or negative toward any groups of people. It is an art piece. Not something about you, not whoever ran their dirty shoes on Ye’s Versace sofa, the A&R guys mentioned in diamonds (they already messed up), or whoever the track “Blame Game” is about.
It’s a monster movie. With a few bars of Rick Ross’ beratone screaming through the heavy bass as he enjoys a cigar and some friends or foes hanging around—by the neck. Jay-Z stunting with someone staying on the sofa. Shots of a cool contortionist ugly dude juxtapositioned with Nicki Minaj straddling and S&Ming her Barbie otherself. And a headless sculpture of a man pleading below to an angel as Bon Iver sings about crossing the line and letting God decide.
The video has offended several, including figures in the media. Because many women, scantily-clad and made-up (not really dead by the way… or else people would be doing some serious time), are scenery. Some asphyxiated, some naked, and all dead. Even one beheaded in the hand of Yeezy. MTV banned the video and demanded changes be made. Even a petition was filled to prevent the peeping. And in the wake of the controversy BET is receiving for playing the video for “Man Down” by Rihanna, Kanye just threw the directors cut of his vision on his website for all of us to enjoy. With a thing on the bottom tracking the Twitter trending for how much people love the video.
MTV hasn’t been the authority for music videos for a long time counting. The same stuff isn’t wanted anymore. Some people want interesting, controversial stuff to watch. Governmental Genocide of Gingers in M.I.A.’s Born Free, wrath on the city streets in Justice’s Stress, molestation of a blow-up doll in VCR by Tyler The Creator. Viewers behind them pressing undead arms against windows reaching for them. Craving it. They turn around and need to see our hands at the concert.
Two months after the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye’s triumphant “All of the Lights” was released as a single. As of May 2011, “All of the Lights” has reached the 1,000,000 digital sales mark, officially certifying it platinum. The news comes two weeks after the song ascended to #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
In related news, Kanye and Katy Perry’s “E.T.” spent its second week at #2, marking the song’s 14th week on the the chart and its 12th week in the Top 10.
And be sure to watch the officially released All Of The Lights video »
Kanye West’s “All Of The Lights” video will premiere today at 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET (or 23 minutes from the writing of this post), according to Vevo.
Stay tuned for more.
Update: The video has premiered online. Check it out now: All Of The Lights Video
After various reports from VH1 and MTV we can confirm that Kanye West, along with Rihanna, is set to perform at the 2011 NBA All-Star Game halftime show in Los Angeles. The pair are most likely to perform “All Of The Lights” from Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted fantasy.
Josh Groban and Melanie Fiona have also been lined up to perform the American and Canadian national anthems, respectively, with Keri Hilson and Bruno Mars performing pre-game duties.