The NY Times Arts section got the 1st look at Kanye West‘s video for “Power” taken from his forthcoming untitled album.
Check out the screenshot above and check out what they had to say about the video…
If you’re Mr. West, you start by making appearances at the offices of Facebook and Twitter to perform a cappella raps and pose for photographs. Then you open a Twitter account, post messages complaining about the size of your private jet, and amass more than 200,000 followers in a day.
And then you release a music video teeming with debauchery, degradation and the ominous specter of death.
In a coming video for his single “Power” that was created by the artist Marco Brambilla, Mr. West is seen standing imposingly with a heavy chain around his neck. As Mr. West raps the camera slowly zooms out in one continuous, unedited take to reveal him in a classical structure, surrounded by female attendants who are partly or entirely nude; some kneel before him on all fours, others wear devil horns and still others are suspended upside down from the ceiling. The Sword of Damocles hangs precariously over Mr. West’s head, and behind him an unseen executioner is preparing to strike him with a blade. (ArtsBeat was allowed to watch a portion of this video but was not permitted to post it.)
Read more about the video as well as an interview with the director Marco Brambilla HERE