Kanye and Hype Williams turn on 'All of the Lights'
February 22nd, 2011
09:09 AM ET

Kanye and Hype Williams turn on 'All of the Lights'

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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  8. KanyeFlav

    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

    March 21, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kiki

    AWESOME! Kanye is totally blessed with talent. Love to see Kid Cudi...looked great in that throwback red jacket. RiRi was aight

    March 2, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. @ say what ya want

    You have issues.

    February 22, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ??

    He is a crackhead and a Jig

    February 22, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marunda

    He is talented and rich.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ?

    Kanye is aJiggaboo

    February 22, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ?

    Kanye = Moon Cricket

    February 22, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Soconscious

    It's a straight rip off of enter the void. The dude should be ashamed for being so unoriginal.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. CS

    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!!!!!!

    February 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  17. J0nx

    Kanyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

    February 22, 2011 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  18. DC

    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.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Kanye West's Mamma

    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.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Duni

    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.

    February 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  21. josh

    Fergie isn't on the song idiot

    February 22, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. casey

    I like some of his music but think he is a total jerk!

    February 22, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  23. sunless

    get to that http://www.SUPERSONIC.US.COM

    February 22, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  24. cappy

    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

    February 22, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  25. Louie

    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???????

    February 22, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  26. arsanel7

    hated when 1st heard it its a grower love it now

    February 22, 2011 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  27. JJ

    WHO CARES!

    February 22, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  28. ben

    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.

    February 22, 2011 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  29. big AL

    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!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  30. Matt

    Troll...get a life.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  31. Michelle

    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.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  32. Chattanooga Choo-Choo

    KANYE Is al QUAIDEA! Vote Palin!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  33. rita

    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!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Untalented? He's the most talented all around hip-hop artist of this generation. You must be a guicci mayne fan.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      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"

      February 22, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Rach

      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.

      February 22, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Kanyay Poops

      "he makes his own beats".......YEAH!..........with a computer......he sucks.......Role model? HA! He's a loser

      February 22, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Tamieka

      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.

      February 22, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Cisco

    OMG get it right for ONCE! it's not Fergie on the song, it's Elly Jackson from La Roux!

    February 22, 2011 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Actually fergie has a verse on the track.

      February 22, 2011 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Cisco

      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!

      February 22, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Nuz

      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

      February 22, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Sploshy

      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?

      February 22, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      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!

      February 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |

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