February 22nd, 2011
09:09 AM ET
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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