News: Kanye West Responds To 'Bound 2' Music Video Controversy: "People Are Afraid Of Dreams"

Sunday, Jan 19, 2014 8:50PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West takes fans deep into his personal life in a new Interview Magazine feature and discusses an arrary of various topics including his elaborate "Bound 2" music video.

Interviewed by renowned film director Steve McQueen, Yeezy explained his take on some backlash the "Yeezus" visual created.

"Yeah. I think all that stuff around it is just that: controversy. I think people are afraid of dreams, and that video is one of the closest things to the way that dreams look and feel, or the way joy looks and feels, with the colors. You know, I think there are rules to fashion, with the all-black everything, and rules to art, with white galleries. There are rules to how a lot of things are: the concrete jungle, stone pavement, brick walls. There are even rules to what a Brooklyn apartment looks like." (Interview Magazine)

Mr. West also spoke on the importance of breaking barriers with the eye-catching clip.

"But this video completely didn't respect any of those rules whatsoever. [laughs] It's a dream, and I think the controversy comes from the fact that I don't think most people are comfortable with their own dreams, so it's hard for them to be comfortable with other people's dreams. I mean, look, it took some time for us to be comfortable with a walking, talking mouse, but that became an icon. So this stuff, what I'm doing now, is the beginning of me throwing out what it means to be a rapper--you know, with the gold chain ..." (Interview Magazine)

Various music critics initially shared confused reactions to "Bound 2" when the music video premiered last November.

In my rush to be amongst the first to condemn Bound 2's visual accompaniment, I allowed myself to get carried away in the collective vitriol and thus fell into the trap of knee jerk journalism; a crime I do my best to avoid committing. On the surface, West's video for Bound 2 is nothing but a poorly directed and trashy document of the rapper having tantric sex with his fiancé, whilst NOT riding a dirt bike, through an ever changing artificially recreated landscape. Confused at why West would seemingly produce a video so out of keeping with his brand and usual aesthetic style, I assumed Bound 2 was simply a creative brain fart, a misguided concept that had eventually produced a laughable product. (Sabotage Times)

An inside Kanye source previously discussed the clip being a tribute to fiancée Kim Kardashian.

"He's paying homage to his future wife and telling her the ultimate message that no matter what, he loves her," a source close to the Yeezus artist reveals EXCLUSIVELY to HollywoodLife.com. "That was the message in that video and he made sure she was in it. He thinks it's stupid when MCs make a video professing how much they love their girl but have a video groupie all in the video. That doesn't make sense to him. He's not afraid to show the world how much he loves Kim Kardashian." (Hollywood Life)

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