It's not the first time Kanye West has linked up with Hype Williams, but it might be the duo's most confusing collaboration.
Over the weekend, West released the video for “All of the Lights,” the fourth single off his critical and commercial darling, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”
Unlike their past projects (“Diamonds From Sierra Leone,” “Gold Digger”) West and Williams’ “All of the Lights” hit MTV without much hype. Blame it on the fact that it was NBA All-Star Weekend or that West reportedly got an invite to the Royal Wedding over President Obama – whatever the cause, the video quietly slipped into rotation.
The vid follows a small black girl as she walks through a snowy maze of high-rise housing all alone. From there, an opening credit sequence - taken straight from the playbook of the French thriller “Enter the Void” - shoots out lyrics to the song in a strobe-light fury that could make some queasy.
The video then cuts to a shot of a scantily-clad Rihanna and a James Dean-esque (thanks to that red jacket) Kid Cudi, and none of it seems to make any correlation to the opening narrative.
On top of that, Fergie is featured on the original song, but her verse and presence were absent from the video version.
What did you guys think of the video?
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ok im real happy for you and imma let you finish. I'm sorry, but Kanye is one of the best rappers of all time
AWESOME! Kanye is totally blessed with talent. Love to see Kid Cudi...looked great in that throwback red jacket. RiRi was aight
You have issues.
He is a crackhead and a Jig
He is talented and rich.
Kanye is aJiggaboo
Kanye = Moon Cricket
It's a straight rip off of enter the void. The dude should be ashamed for being so unoriginal.
I am the ULTIMATE Kanye(artist, not his personality) fan! I absolutely love this song, and when I first heard it I figured it would b a single. But the video is just everywhere with no consistency. But I love the song regardless, I wish Fergie part was included in the video...but it still jams!!!!!!
KW is who he says he is. Thats final. He is extremely gifted and he knows he is arrogant. His music catches my ear and those who are commenting obviously catches your ear too. End of discussion.
listen, I'm his birth mother so I'm the only one that can say something so negative like that. you may not like his music or his persona but he does make original beats, even if it's all made on fruity loops. you might not know this but I bought Kane his first pc, midi and fruity loops licence for all under $2000!
the real thugs are the somali pirates. hope they all die, not my son! I'm not the proudest mom and the world but at least I'm not a mother of a somali buttpirate! god bless you.
It's extremely disrespectful to pretend to be his deceased mother...smh.
KW's music is good plain and simple. Anyone that is saying that his music is crappy, is obviously part of the small few who think that. The song would have never hit #1 if millions of people didn't think that the song was good. The over sound of it it club hype and its all clearly stated rap with a catchy hook.
KW the person is a bonified jack*ss, but still he produces good music for a variety of artists, not just hip hop. Most of his videos are artistic in nature anyways.
Not all music videos HAVE to correlate with the lyrics. We would like them too, but they don't have to.
Fergie isn't on the song idiot
I like some of his music but think he is a total jerk!
get to that http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM
I think kanye west has lost his mind. Also I'm pretty sure he thinks he s the emperor of black people, now he wishes he could be lupe who still makes real musci
Everybody that dont know what art and music is hates kanye all of you are simple ass people that could never realize his great talent. Kanye is the best artist of his time. Look at the art in the music.. Now look at the lyrics.. If you cant feel it, just jump off a bridge cause theres no need for your presence while art and good music lives. Who else has more versatility than kanye does his music, his verses? His art. Who else can do it???????
hated when 1st heard it its a grower love it now
Obviously you if you read the article, dummy.
Wouldn't call kayne thug or untalented but I definitely agree that in now way should he be looked at as a representative or a role model to the black community. Used to like him til the way he acted on national TV toward a female. If anyone thinks that is someone their children should be listening to or looking up to has no chance of succeeding in life.
In every genre there is a outcast and bad boy. KW is that character. If this his career path, only those that want to "buy-in" or "trip-out" on this, have at it! We to just focus on America for today and for humanity as a whole. Make a difference! Turn off the cable TV and do something for your community or local church. This by far will make you feel good about your self and what you can do for the "down and out". With that said, KW is just a grain of sand! Hate is poison to the heart!
Troll...get a life.
This just seems like a really lazy job done on a music video for a really epic song. Disapointing. And an appearance from Elton John for his contribution would've helped.
KANYE Is al QUAIDEA! Vote Palin!
Why does the media contiune to AWARD this punk-puke KW a second of "fame"he's untalented,opinionated,rude,ill mannered little thug who shouldn't be allowed to represent our black community!
Untalented? He's the most talented all around hip-hop artist of this generation. You must be a guicci mayne fan.
Actually, he's extremely talented when it comes to making music. He makes beats, produces his tracks, oh and he has a pretty good flow. As an artist he's obviously going to be opinionated. Rude, ill mannered little thug? Yea probably if your comparing him to academics or mba majors.. don't know what people can expect from a producer/rapper. As far as representing the black community, he's a role model for the idea that whatever your going to do in life might as well do it all the way and raise the bar. That album is showing pop music all over the world that you don't have to dumb it down to sell records. At least he's not putting out more garbage into the mainstream like "Big Momma"
I agree that he's talentless. his music is audiotuned to the extreme and his flow is whack. he lacks talent on so many levels. not to mention, he's a total d!ck.
"he makes his own beats".......YEAH!..........with a computer......he sucks.......Role model? HA! He's a loser
While you call KW ignorant & rude, I have encountered some highly educated people who are incredibly ignorant, rude, & have no tact. Just because you are educated, that doesn't give you the right to be a jerk either.
OMG get it right for ONCE! it's not Fergie on the song, it's Elly Jackson from La Roux!
Actually fergie has a verse on the track.
Actually, you new to open your Kanye West CD and read the credits. it says right there that Elly Jackson is the girl rapping in that verse!
Actually, Fergie name is on the credits at the end of the video Cisco, watch the video and you will see her name at the end, at least I did last night on Vevo...not trying to get in an argument, just wanted to point that out
Cisco, you are probably the only person in the world to go out and buy the actual CD. Where do you even find those things?
Actually, if you read the CD credits, it says "additional vocals by" and there is a whole slew of people listed! They include Rihanna (she doesn't actually get the 'feature' credit), Fergie, Alicia Keys, Elly Jackson, and several others!
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