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Kanye West – Famous, music video, video hype

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Kanye West – Famous, music video, video hype

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Kanye West’s infamous music video for “Famous” is now available to on YouTube. After its world premiere, live-streamed on Tidal, it was available exclusively on the streaming-music service for a week. Of course, that didn’t stop it from being the talk of the internet.

The NSFW video features Kanye buck-naked in a big bed with life-like nude, prosthetic bodies of celebrities, including Donald Trump, Rihanna, Bill Cosby, Taylor Swift and, of course, Kim Kardashian-West.

They all silently lie still in bed, seemingly breathing, tangled together in a white sheet. Grainy, unflattering VHS-quality footage focuses on random (sometimes NSFW) body parts and faces from different angles for about 6 minutes before the video cuts to a vivid, picturesque overhead HD shot of the same sleeping Kanye. The camera then slowly zooms out into a wide shot that reveals the full tableau of bodies in the bed.

The music video is heavily inspired by the 2008 painting Sleep by Vincent Desiderio and the handfisted metaphor about celebrity and fame was not lost on audiences. (I mean, the song is called “Famous.”) Opinions on the music video have ranged from finding it provocative to judging it sickening. Kanye himself is expected to be sued over its controversial nature.

 

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