Kids are curious creatures, as such was the case with my 17-year-old who busted into my bedroom after choir practice last night to ask me if I had seen the new Kanye West video for his song Bound 2. I told him that yes, yes I had. I spammed my boss Meghan Keane with the video who told me “My computer is trolling me with this video” – whatever that means, and a lot of us at work pretty much discussed it on and off all day.
It’s basically a Whitesnake video. A heavily cheesy Whitesnake video that reeks of Lisa Frank and (props to Jezebel for this because I also thought the same thing) the wolf howling at the moon t-shirt. The video, directed by Nick Knight, either proves one of two things:
1: that Kanye is either super duper smart and hysterically ironic and that he may indeed be trolling all of us with his rants about beauty, truth and awesomeness
2: He just thinks Nick Knight is cool and agreed with whatever he said his vision for the video is.
BUT MOM, DON’T YOU LOVE THE PART WHERE CHARLIE WILSON COMES IN ON THE HOOK?
And yeah, sure, I can agree that part is cool but the Brenda Lee “Uh Huh honey” Sweet Nothings sample is annoying as hell.
We both agreed Kim Kardashian‘s hair looks really pretty.
I like Kanye in a lot of ways. The College Dropout and Late Registration are both really fantastic albums. My family has always been fans of Takashi Murakami, well before Kanye co-opted him so I can endorse that, but so much of his public persona (and that of the Kardashian Klan) are wrapped up in who he is now, or who he wants us to think he is now, that it sort of ruins any critical analysis of his music. I wish he would stop calling women bitches.
NO MOM TRUST ME IT IS COOL IT WILL GROW ON YOU.
I’m not sure I’m buying that. But then my kid showed me the new Dylan video for Like A Rolling Stone (which, trust me on this, you need to watch, it’s interactive and being able to watch The Property Brothers lip synch the song is worth the price of admission, which is FREE) but he was more excited about the fact Detroit rapper Danny Brown also cameos in the video.
Which is sort of a perfect juxtaposition when compared to the video for Bound 2. Bob Dylan takes a song that is older than I am, and over 30 years older than my kid is, and still to this day it is effortlessly cool, and just makes Kanye look like he is trying way too hard. Even my kid can agree with that.
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