Kanye West continues his European run of live TV performances, moving from England to France as he performs "Black Skinhead" on Le Grand Journal. He's once again accompanied by Mano and Mike Dean, who give this Yeezus cut another fresh spin with the added piano. The performance is presented in black and white as we see 'Ye spaz on stage in usual great fashion. This time, he even performs while laying on the ground. One can't not vibe with 'Ye's max. energy here. Enjoy this one above and be sure to also watch his recent performances late last week below.
SNL comedian Jay Pharaoh parodies Kanye West in "I Am A DOG" an indirect reference to Ye's "Black Skinhead" music video as Pharaoh puts his impersonation abilities to use as he rhymes over the "I Am A God" instrumental off the Yeezus album. Pharaoh is a great impersonator, lets hope there's more gems like these in his downtime before the SNL cast begins recording new shows for their upcoming season.
Watch Kanye West's interactive music video for "Black Skinhead" at kanyewest.com.
Kanye does it again! Nope, no paparazzi headlines but back to the art. He delivers the interactive music video for "Black Skinhead" tonight... once again innovating the delivery and presentation beyond the box of your everyday music video.
It's simple too. Watch the video at kanyewest.com and you can control the speed of the music video with your own (middle finger) mouse pointer. Why would you want to do that? So you can take your own custom screencap of your favorite moment of the video. Love it. Playing around with it was fun and soon enough, I grabbed my own... err... screengrab, for the lack of a better word, above.
The video itself is a smooth black and white computer animated presentation, with a, yes, NBA 2K sculpted version of Kanye rapping "Black Skinhead" with the intensity and off-the-wall energy of that of his SNL debut of the song. All we're missing is the 2K version of a shirtless Mano going ape sh*t in the background. I'm vibing with this one, I don't know about ya'll.
UPDATE: Kanye just tweeted this "BLKKK SKKKN HEAD INFO". Video directed by Nick Knight.
UPDATE: Kanye addresses yesterday leak on Twitter below.
07.08.13: In typical Kanye incognito fashion, he drops the video for "Black Skinhead" today via a link to his website above. I'm actually having trouble playing it there, but apparently it's produced video-game style. I like the sounds of that. Try your luck above!
starring Leonardo DiCaprio directed by Martin Scorsese
More Yeezus is upon us — this time crossing over into high-profile upcoming movies. Namely the upcoming Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, and Jonah Hill (you may have heard of them) — The Wolf of Wall Street. "Black Skinhead" is the appropriate backdrop to the new trailer above and between that and the premise below, I'm pretty intrigued to see this film in November.
In The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio would play Belfort, a Long Island penny stockbroker who served 20 months in prison for refusing to cooperate in a massive 1990s securities fraud case that involved widespread corruption on Wall Street and in the corporate banking world, including mob infiltration.
Up above: Kanye's first performance "Black Skinhead". Down below, his performance of "New Slaves". My first thoughts: more musical evolution from Kanye West. Vibing with the sound and the aesthetics. What did you think of the performances?
UPDATED Thoughts: After sitting with "Black Skinhead" especially and digesting the lyrics (handwritten by 'Ye below), I have come to a point where I'm liking it more with each listen. My first experience was just appreciating the visuals and the heavy, heavy metal influence in the song's sound. The seizure-inducing flashes behind 'Ye, with silhouettes of his ensemble behind him were both amazing. Not to mention Yeezy's "All Black Everything", save for the new red Air Yeezys.
Lyrically, Kanye is comin' back with a clear message and disdain for society, especially when it comes to the racism he not only sees but experiences. The King Kong reference cleverly drives it home for me in "Black Skinhead", with the song as a whole feeling like an independence anthem. Likely because it feels like Kanye is creating from that place of complete, unfiltered freedom. Just as much as ever, you can feel Kanye's soul pour out in his words, with no barrier in between.
For my initial thoughts on "New Slaves", check out my experience and video of the Wrigley Field premiere. As far as tonight's performance goes, the sound sounds even more crisp as one would expect. I thought the first few bars would be delivered more intensely but it set up a nice contrast to the rest of the song. 'Ye being completely still, his stare fixated into space, was magnificent.
Other fun/little things I liked: the LeBron 'Akron' reference in "Black Skinhead" actually made me want to root for LeBron (for just a minute, hah!), the Romans/Trojans punchlines, and Mano embodying the #TreatedCrew steez by wilin' out in the background of both performances.
And overall, what else can I say? 'Ye's got the performance game down to a constantly evolving and creative level. Tonight, he stole the show from Ben Affleck, Amy Poehler's guest appearance, and Bill Hader's final episode (Fred Armisen's too?). #YeezySeason, indeed.