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Kanye West - "All of the Lights" (Dir. Hype Williams)

captainmarc22, February 19, 2011 at 8:19:16 PM CET


Someone introduce Gaspar Noé to David LaChapelle's lawyer.

macguffin, February 19, 2011 at 8:51:36 PM CET

lol @ captainmarc and this video

seems like openly jacking people's work is the new trend for 2011

first that girl with guitar video then LaChappelle/Rihanna now this

budget, February 19, 2011 at 9:30:44 PM CET

hold on a sec, this is a new thing?

Romanek's NIN/Perfect Drug video was note for note Edward Gorey.

Nima's LES Artistes video was straight up Holy Mountain.

Dougal Wilson's Jarvis video expanded on a famous Conan O'Brien skit.


There are a zillion references that have been lifted and reused by videos since the beginning of MTV. The only thing that's changed is the internet allows people to call them out more readily.

This is why I feel bad for Melina- because any student of mv's knows that this happens all the time, it's a completely gray area. STOP ACTING LIKE THIS IS A NEW THING.


macguffin, February 19, 2011 at 9:44:03 PM CET

Budget I think the difference is these newer vids make no attempt to cover their tracks. They are just note for note blatant copies (in some cases of work that is very recent.) The key word you used was EXPANDED, which these video's don't do at all.

I agree its a grey area, but to me there is a difference between an homage and just straight up biting.

Victus, February 19, 2011 at 10:06:46 PM CET

Quadripple co sign. Romanek's work wore it's inspiration on it's sleeve, but made it integral to the design. It never was a play by play announcement, which the video in question did.

It's an absolutely awful video because it wants to be so many things, and does none of them well. Aping shit is the new trend and some things are not very sacred.

So I'll never watch (video) it again because it'll ruin what I think Enter The Void is: an original movie. I think that's gonna be the most damaging thing of the straight rip: decreasing the integrity of what it's copying, and by recycling it others follow, it becomes familiar, rather than expanding on it. Gaspar Noe should get an inspired by credit, everything less severe if you acknowledge it.

Off topic: does Rihanna have to be in every song in every video?

gregsinora, February 19, 2011 at 10:26:43 PM CET

This wasn't very good, seems like they only had 30 minutes with each of the artists.

The enter the void titles were the best part, besides Rihanna's top, obviously.

I was hoping (based on the comments) that'd be more of a Noe rip, with neon lights and stupid crane shots.

blastido, February 19, 2011 at 10:33:34 PM CET

But wait, there's more..

A video mashup based on enter the Void from nov17, 2010, WITH the Kanye track.

otc, February 19, 2011 at 11:56:15 PM CET

wow, double shameless. C'mon Kanye I know he directed The Rain and all but you should know a shitty treatment when you see one. The other terrible part about this is how literal it is with the lyrics, ugh.

vs, February 20, 2011 at 7:39:39 AM CET

the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing these artists that hype's still got it.

spencefilms, February 21, 2011 at 12:52:35 AM CET

Looks like Hype still takes his 85k rate no matter budget size. Id estimate this budget was approx 100k, using that math. This is just plain sloppy. Kanyes performance on the cop cars is kind of cool, everything else is super weak. And the Enter the Void ripoff just pisses me off it really has no context with the rest of the spot.

30f, February 21, 2011 at 2:16:12 AM CET

Funny how 'Hype being Hype' is a phrase that has switched a perfect 180-degrees from what it meant a dozen years back.

pancho, February 22, 2011 at 12:05:53 AM CET

pancho, February 22, 2011 at 10:00:55 PM CET


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