All posts tagged: Kanye West

MUSIC VIDEOS || Spike Jonze

From David Fincher to Michel Gondry, many successful film and television directors got their start directing music videos and commercials, and some continue to do so today. Among my favorite music video directors is Spike Jonze, whose videos are always extraordinarily fun and exceptionally creative. I would describe his work as being simple in a bare bones kind of way, but infused with an intense burst of imagination and kinetic energy. Here are a few of my favorite Spike Jonze videos – what are yours? DROP – The Pharcyde DRUNK GIRLS – LCD Soundsystem OTIS – Kanye West, Jay Z SABOTAGE – Beastie Boys WEAPON OF CHOICE – Fatboy Slim

Cultural Observation: The Kardashians and Wealth

In an interview with Amazon this past week President Barack Obama discussed the American dream and how our entertainment culture has changed what success means to many. “I don’t think people went around saying to themselves: ‘I need to have a 10,000 square foot house’. We weren’t exposed to things we didn’t have in the same way kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.” The President’s comments have since become the subject of scrutiny, supplying Kris Jenner with new material to fill her daytime talk show (which isn’t doing too well). Although I’m generally entertained by the Kardashians (though find them extremely problematic), I think Kris completely missed the mark in her response to the President’s statements. President Obama’s comments weren’t meant to question the success of Kim & Kanye – whether they work hard or not is irrelevant. It’s that the …

My Thoughts on ‘Yeezus’

Like movies (from Breathless to Anchorman), my love for music is across the map. I was about 10 years late, but recently I’ve become very into Kanye West. He might be an asshole, but he’s definitely a genius. It’s his I don’t give a f*** attitude that makes him so intriguing as an artist and makes his music exceptional. Kanye knows he’s iconic and uses his fame as a platform to do and say whatever he wants. Love him or hate him, it’s hard to argue that he is talentless. His music is constantly evolving as he explores different styles and tackles new social or political arguments. In my humble opinion, he is one of the greatest artists of our time. Controversy is part of what makes him so elevated. True artists don’t care if what they make offends or appalls – it’s what leaves a lasting cultural impression that is important. Even the name of the CD is controversial. Yeezus? Ye’s Jesus complex has been at the forefront of his work since his debut album, ‘The College …