Well well well. Mr. Kanye West, the self proclaimed king among hip hop artists and producers alike released a new video not too long ago and guess what. He didn't even try this time around. Not that it's not allowed to use the work of others if you have the proper permissions and licensing agreements, but come on.
I sometimes imagine how it works when a song like that is being made. "Hey Kanye... Why don't we give them something familiar.. Something that already works and sells good?" "Hey! This might just work! I'll jump around a bit, you'll fix me up with a nice video with stolen visual design and we're set! Another million dollars earned Kanye style! Woohoo!". I'm pretty positive it's something like that.
So what we have here is music by Daft Punk from their Discovery album, neatly remixed, plus the visuals stolen directly from Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. This, plus lyrics like "Let's get lost tonight. You could be my black Kate Moss tonight", make this video into something exceptionally personal for Kanye West, I'm sure. He must have reached into the depths of his inner self to come up with this musical, visual and lyrical arrangement.
"I ask, cause I'm not sure. Do anybody make real shit anymore?" I guess not, Kanye. I know that hip hop artists are often accused of stealing samples, but this is just beyond theft. This is heresy.
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