So what exactly is the piece?
Well, it’s a video portrait of Kanye. It starts with a very tight shot introducing him that’s kind of a reinvention of a neoclassical painting. It pulls back from the shot, without any cuts, and we reveal the video canvas, populated by all these characters who are depicted in various stages of undress and decadence. The iconography comes from Roman iconography, Renaissance iconography, and it connects to the sexuality of the music as well. As we reveal the setting for it, there’s a feeling of a moment of transition for him. A fall from grace, if you will. It visualizes power, and him as the icon as power, and then at the end of the piece it challenges the power that I set up at the beginning. It’s an elliptical piece of storytelling.
How did you guys end up using that kind of imagery?
He approached me via my gallery and he wanted to do something that wasn’t a music video. He wanted a video work that would accompany the music. I said, “That’s great, because I don’t do music videos.” I wanted to give it an epic feeling. The song feels very personal, but the orchestration and the production of the track is epic and I wanted to give it something hypersensational and exaggerated.
And I understand you’ve heard that Dark Twisted Fantasy is the name of the album?
I’ve heard that’s the latest name. I would say not locked-in, and it would probably not get locked until closer to the time of the album release.
Here is the album cover and track list for Trey Songz upcoming album “Passion, Pain & Pleasure”.
1. Here We Go Again (Interlude)
2. Love Faces
5. Bottom’s Up (feat. Nicki Minaj)
6. Pain (Interlude)
7. Can’t Be Friends
8. Pleas Return My Call
9. Made To Be Together
10. Pleasure (Interlude)
11. Red Lipstick
13. Passion (Interlude)
15. I Like Dat (Freak Freaky Dance)
17. You Just Need Me
Eminem is on a torrid path with his latest album “Recovery“. Not only has he been nominated for 8 VMA’s, and a number 1 album for weeks, Eminem set the YouTube record for ‘Love the Way You Lie (ft. Rihanna)‘ with the most views in 24 hours. The video totaled over 6.6 million hits! Amazing.
In the upcoming issue of The Source, it appears as if Bun B will receive 5 mics. Some of the notable titles reviewed that did not receive 5 mics are: Eminem – Recovery, Rick Ross – Teflon Don, Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot – The Son of Chico Dusty, Fat Joe – The Darkside Vol.1 , Drake – Thank Me Later , and The Roots – How I Got Over
I must say that I have heard all of those albums except Fat Joe (putting it on right now) and other that says a lot for Bun B. You know, Bun has been putting it down for years. He is most notably known as a member of UGK and has always been my favorite of the two. Pimp C received all of the attention for the most part mainly because of his voice but Bun, lyrically, could flat out go. What Iz Hip Hop congratulates Bun B for his accomplishment receive the elusive 5 Mic stamp from The Source.
Drake discusses regrets from his Platinum debut album “Thank Me Later”.