Now that fans have fully digested [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist] and [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist]‘s Watch the Throne, they can look forward to the duo’s video for “Otis,” which premieres Thursday at 8:56 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV.com and BET.
On Wednesday’s “RapFix Live,” Sway Calloway sat down with New York’s Power 105.1 radio host Angela Yee and MTV News’ Rob Markman to discuss the just-released teaser for the Spike Jonze-directed video.
“You can see Jay-Z looks excited, doing things I never seen him do before in that one second — and Kanye as well,” Yee said of the brief clip. “Well, Kanye is always a little excited, but I think it’s good to see the two of them together too.”
The 15-second clip shows Jay-Z and Kanye West on set with pyrotechnics and not much else. Viewers see Jay gripping his red snapback cap low and then Kanye screaming with excitement while grabbing the camera with a huge American flag draped in the background. The flag is similar to the “Otis” single art by Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci.
On Wednesday morning, fans were already tweeting about looking forward to the “Otis” premiere. “Just read that Spike Jonze is directing the video for Kanye West and Jay Z’s new single ‘Otis.’ That should be something special,” tweeted fan @ChrisBevan89. “The teaser to @kanyewest and Hov ‘Otis’ video looks crazy,” added @Above_Par.
“They got Riccardo Tisci from Givenchy to do the [album] cover art, you have the American flag on the ‘Otis’ cover art, and you see a little bit of that in the video,” Markman said. “They’re giving you clues along the way, but we’re seeing 1/20th of the picture that we’re probably going to get tomorrow.”
The release of WTT has been very exciting for the hip-hop world, and Yee recalled where she was Sunday evening in the hours leading up to the album’s drop. “I was in my bed at, like, 11 o’clock on Twitter, and I think at 11:30 it was available on iTunes on Sunday night, and everybody just went crazy,” Yee said. “Like the whole entire night, people were just staying up downloading the whole entire album.”
Markman said Thursday night’s “Otis” premiere will cause similar excitement. “It’s going to be an event,” he said. “The way everybody gathered around iTunes to get the album, everybody is going to gather around their TV or MTV.com and sit in for this event and watch the video.”
Yee has already made her plans: “I will be in front of the TV to watch the premiere of ‘Otis’ on MTV.”
What are you expecting from the “Otis” video? Join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #MTVOtis.