UPDATE (7/1 at 12:55 p.m.): The "Famous" video is now on Youtube for all to watch. Check it out above.
Original Story (6/24 at 11:40 p.m.): So Kanye West debuted his "Famous" video just now at the 17,500-capacity Forum in Los Angeles. (You can livestream him screening it again at 2 a.m. EST, too.) You know, the Life of Pablo single where he raps "I think me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous" and he and T-Swift duel in the press again and Kim tells GQ four months later that Taylor *really* approved the line and is just being a brat?
So...the video for "Famous" has Taylor Swift and Kanye lying naked in bed next to each other. The modeling/mannequin-ing/molding/CGI-ing is alarmingly convincing (and indubitably fake). The grainy footage roves distractedly around what's apparently the biggest bed ever, and also lying naked and asleep in it are Kim Kardashian West and her ex-boyfriend/sex tape co-star Ray J. And Amber Rose, who happens to be Kanye's ex-girlfriend.
And Chris Brown and Rihanna (next to each other), and Donald Trump, George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby. (Can we not give Cosby any kinda airtime in any circumstance at this particular time in history?) The credits roll, thanking all the people depicted..."for being famous."
That's the video for Kanye West's "Famous." This is real life. Yeezus just rose again, pushed the 'Ye Button and left us to pick up the pieces...and our jaws.
Tidal subscribers can scroll down to see the NOT SAFE FOR WORK video. Folks without Tidal can start a free trial to watch.
So was any of it real? "I'm not gonna give away how it all happened," is one of the very few things a grinning Kanye, next to a gleaming Kim, told the audience at the Forum. He thanked the crowd for "supporting ideas and truth," then played the "Famous" video again.
Watch an episode of Fuse's digital miniseries The Kanye Effect if you're still alive: