On Thursday night in New York City, Kanye West premiered his “Runaway” film for a crowd that included Big Apple industry insiders the rapper described as “family.” Among them was Swizz Beatz, Kanye’s collaborator on several G.O.O.D. Friday tracks, including “So Appalled,” who took a moment to review Kanye’s nod to filmmaker Federico Fellini
“I just want to shout out my brother Kanye for being so brave, that was his expression of our music and culture,” Swizz Beatz told MTV News with a smile.
For those unable to make the MC’s private screenings in Paris, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, “Runaway” will premiere this Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, MTV2 and BET, and stream live on MTV.com, BET.com and VH1.com, followed by a live Q&A session with West on MTV and MTV.com.
And how would Swizz rank the film?
“On a 1 to 10, it was a 9,” said Swizz, before defending his ruling. “The reason why it was a 9 was because it should’ve been longer. It was a deep, deep story and you have to, one, know Kanye, to really understand it.”
“Runaway” follows ’Ye after he rescues a phoenix, played by the lovely Selita Ebanks , and tries to integrate the bird into his human world with varying results.
With the television premiere of his first feature film set for this weekend, whether critics applaud or pan the piece, in Swizz’s eyes, Kanye is the victor.
“We’re all in here watching him live his dream, so that means he won,” he said.
Kanye West’s “Runaway” will premiere on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on MTV, MTV2 and BET, and will also stream live on MTV.com, BET.com and VH1.com, followed by a live Q&A session on MTV and MTV.com.