There goes Kanye, getting everyone talking again. He headlines an early-week recap with the new video for "Bound 2" premiering on Ellen earlier today, starring his fiance Kim Kardashian topless, and shattering everyone's vision of what the music video was going to look like after those epic TV performances. Yours truly too. While there's elements I like about the music video, I need more Charlie and the aesthetic from the performances. Drop a comment with your thoughts on one of the most polarizing videos of 2013.
UPDATE: "Full uncensored" version. Not sure what else is different except a touch more skin from Kim, but, um, enjoy?!
As promised, the new "Bound 2" video! KimYe take to the Grand Canyon for this Nick Knight-directed visual on the Yeezus fan favorite. As premiered on Ellen.
I'm not that high on the video though, in fact. The green screen effect could have been more effective if it was juxtaposed with something completely different. Furthermore, and I didn't know there was such a thing, but it felt like there was too much of Kim. After the video started, I was hoping for more variety of scenes and I think that would be my solution to enhance the concept. Overall, my favorite part was the closing Charlie Wilson chorus. Per usual with 'Ye, the reaction this morning has been polarizing; chime in with your thoughts as well @gowherehiphop.
PLUS, here's Kanye's interview with Ellen. He had romantic things about to say on his fiance Kim:
“She’s a person that, when I was at my lowest moments, I could get on the phone with her and she would make me feel like I was here for a reason and I had something to say… It’s incredible to have a woman like that that you know is not using you for money.”
And more on DONDA collaboration (less about "I" now):
“God gave me everything that I wanted, and I wanna take a piece of that joy that I’m feeling and give it back to the people who have helped make that happen for me.”
Out in the U.K. right now, Kanye West stopped by Jools Holland and was accompanied by Charlie Wilson for another live performance of "Bound 2" (following up on last week's on Fallon) and this was another great one of one of everyone's favorite tracks off Yeezus. Per usual with 'Ye, you feel him feel the music. "Bound 2" was also enhanced by Charlie Wilson's free flowing singing and how the camera captured 'Ye up close and Charlie in the background. You'll also notice in the background Mike Dean and Chi-Town's own Mano, which really worked visually as well. Watch above ICYMI!
Treated Crew's Na$im Williams releases "Bound 2.5" in anticipation of his upcoming release, The Symbiote. "Bound 2.5" is Na$im's remix to Kanye West's "Bound 2" off the recent Yeezus album. As for Na$im Williams, he is currently developing The Symbiote, an EP that will be composed of his latest work and newest collaborations. The Symbiote is slated to release in late September/Early October, until then you are able to attend Na$im's listening party for The Symbiote in September. "Bound 2.5" is just a taste of what Na$im Williams, Treated Crew's youngest in charge brings to the table.