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New Videos: M.I.A. & Kanye West

August 11, 2010

After the travesty that was the new Kanye West song today (Beyoncé, why have you forsaken me?) I decided to post two new videos I like.

The first is M.I.A.’s “XXXO”, the video is pretty hot despite the fact that Maya looks totally bored.

The second is Kanye West’s “Power”, which basically looks like an animated David Lachapelle painting. It’s also like not even two minutes long. The Wall Street Journal asked the video’s director, Marco Brambilla, what it all meant:

The Wall Street Journal: There are a lot of allusions and historical references in the “Power” video that you directed. Where did you draw our inspiration and what does it all mean?

Marco Brambilla: I think the visual inspiration for me was definitely the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel; they are kind of bombastic and iconic. Then the tonal reference was really “How do you visualize a symbol of power that’s almost timeless?” This video is almost like a portrait, a video portrait of Kanye as this symbol of power. The video is actually one continuous shot – it comes out from a close up of Kanye and gradually reveals this decadence and sexuality around him. Once we come to the wide shot, we challenge that position of power.

The narrative within it is a moment of transition. It’s almost like the precarious nature of power, the epic portrait of power. In one sense it’s both the rise and fall of a celebrity in a way and that’s one of the things that interested me about working with Kanye. I wanted to use some of his baggage in terms of the year he’s had coming into this and releasing his first single in a long time. I wanted to use the kind of public perception of him and have fun with that and the concept of him being a celebrity and what he’s gone through recently.

I don’t get it. But ok.

From → Money, Power, Respect

  1. Kanye West’s first career productions came on Chicago rapper Grav’s 1996 debut album Down to Earth. -*”

  2. you can always say that Kanye West is a good singer but he will never be as good as michael jackson ,:*

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