February 9, 2012


Kanye West and Jay-Z's Blinding New Video

It was performed 11 times in one night. Music journos broke down the song in minute detail. Aziz Ansari translated the entire track in emoticons.

Now, Jay-Z and Kanye West have finally dropped their video for Watch the Throne's breakout song "N***** in Paris." West directed the live performance video himself, culled from the duo's Staples Center shows in Los Angeles late last year. The rapper was hardly at a loss for material, as the hip hop titans performed the song more than 15 (?!) times over three nights.

The opening caution speaks volume: "Warning. This video has been identified by epilepsy action to potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy." So begins four minutes of blinding lights worthy of a Japanese anime, with West employing a mirror effect to make "Paris" look more like a rave at The Hacienda than arena hip hop show. 

The effect is dizzying—you may not be physiologically prepared for multiple viewings—but serves as a decent memento of the duo's highly touted tour. If you didn't go, you will now learn that Kanye loves to draw out the "allllll" syllable even more than on record. And this will be the only time you get to hear 20,000 people simultaneously sing "Mary Kate and Ashley," so there's that. 

Check out the video above and let us know what you think!