Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has stepped forward to speak out on his “Black Skinhead” unfinished music video prematurely leaking online and asked for sympathy from media outlets.
The rap star hopped onto his Twitter page to ask all bloggers and websites to take the unapproved version down.
“The BLKKK SKKKN HD video that leaked yesterday was not the official version.,” Ye tweeted July 9.
“Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it’s heartbreaking when something like this happens.”
“The final version will be ready within the next week.”
“So any website that may have the unapproved / unfinished ruff. I ask you to please take it down.”
“Allow me and Nick to give the world what we’ve been losing sleep over.”
“And to who ever leaked the video… FUK YOU!” (Kanye West’s Twitter)
The unedited music video mostly consists of digital animation and provides viewers a very dark presentation.
“They say I’m possessed,” Kanye spits on “Black Skinhead,” the track that gets the first official video from his new album, Yeezus. And the stark three-minute clip, fittingly shot in black and white, does little to dispell the notion. A PED-ripped stand-in wearing little more than a huge gold chain bounces like a fighter stepping into the ring to the thundering clatter of one of the new album’s most industrial-metal tunes. The man is hard. (Rolling Stone)
Despite the positive online reception, the clip was immediately pulled from Ye’s website Monday (July 8) evening.
Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” video popped up on his website on Monday night, but it didn’t stay there for very long. The rapper pulled the video off his website, which now has returned to a simple photo of jeans with a label announcing West’s collaboration with APC. In the clip, a CGI version of West bops along to the emphatic song. The basic nature of the clip had some wonder whether it was even finished or if it was posted prematurely. Animated faces in black hoods appear alongside barking dogs, visuals that are familiar to those who witnessed West’s Governor’s Ball show in the lead-up to the release of “Yeezus,” the album on which “Black Skinhead” appears. (Huffington Post)
Back in May, Mr. West helped close out the “Saturday Night Live” season finale episode by performing “Black Skinhead.”
After unveiling “New Slaves” on Friday night in “the most Kanye way possible,” Kanye West took to the Saturday Night Live stage and did it again, this time live and in the flesh. The rapper’s new album has been described as “dark”; on SNL, he yelled while dodging in and out of dark shadows (“Black Skinhead”), then delivered an equally intense rendition of “New Slaves” in front of a projection of his face in extreme close-up. “Dark” seems accurate so far. (Slate)