New Music Video “Runaway” By Kanye West is a 34 Minute Long Disaster

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Give credit to Kanye West for his brilliant performance on Saturday Night Live when he performed in front of a white, back-lit sheet as ballerinas and dancers contorted around him. The performance which had many people talking was the epic precursor to Runaway, his half-hour music video/short film. Unfortunately the music video didn’t live up to the promise from his SNL performance.

The 35-minute-long film, tells the tale of a fallen phoenix (played by Victoria’s Secret Angel Selita Ebanks) who is transported to earth by a meteor. The video aired on MTV and BET and was streamed on each channel’s respective website. As well as The shorter version, 8-minutes-long offered more of the same from Saturday Night Live October 2, 2010 when he was the musical guest.

West continues on the symbolic nature of phoenixes saying : “I’ve been feeling the idea of the phoenix. It’s been in my heart for a while. It’s maybe parallel to my career. I threw a Molotov cocktail on my career last year, in a way, and I had to come back as a better person.”

Some people have been calling it overindulgent and self-absorbed and Kanye a narcissist while others believe that hidden in the oddities that lie within the 35-minute long video, might be a statement about Kanye that his fans will find fascinating. While the music video (directed by Kanye himself) is visually a departure from Wests’ other past video projects, it is also a complete disaster and not only has me agreeing with his detractors but has me missing Michael Jackson even more.

An almost unmitigated disaster, this major studio production with a major artist in the lead is a badly directed, horribly scripted, dismal mess of a film that is every bit as bad as you’ve heard.

  1. Nicki says

    I adore Kanye as an artist because he always challenges each level and conveys such great inspiration, but he does THAT in his element…but clearly acting/directing is not. I know he doesn’t want to be stuck with the title as just a “rapper” but having the “gift of speech” is more than being just a rapper, it’s changing lives. I think Kanye needs to do some backtracking and go back to what inspires NOT what hypes him up and makes people he’s capable of being more than what people see. In my book, he doesn’t have to prove anything, he’s proven enough!!! Stay in your element, beause that’s where your strength lays


    You are right on the money. In an interview I heard him citing Kubrick and Fellini, both are probably rolling in they’re graves.

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