Kanye West is a noted perfectionist. So although many fans saw his leaked “Black Skinhead” video online a few weeks back, on Monday morning (July 22), Yeezy presented the clip the way he intended it to be seen on KanyeWest.com — and gave it a provocative new title.
Titled “Blkkk Skkkn Head,” the final Nick Knight-directed clip isn’t much different from the leaked version. As soon as fans log on to ’Ye’s website — which has been a hub for all things new during his current Yeezus run — they’ll find an image of three figures wearing black hoods in the style of the Ku Klux Klan. After several seconds, the three masked men open their eyes and the video begins as the screen turns from mostly white to almost all black.
There are growling Dobermans and a CGI-version of West bouncing up and down to the punk-inspired drum roll. Though the rapper is digitally enhanced, his mannerisms were captured perfectly so that each move feels authentically Kanye. Stylistically, it matches his May “Saturday Night Live” performance , save for Yeezy’s glowing eyes, sparkling chain and beefed-up muscle mass.
The video for “Black Skinhead” also features an interactive component that allows you to slow down the motion speed and song’s sound, as well as capture still images that can be shared across social-networking sites.
This new clip, like Yeezus’ first vid, “New Slaves,” was presented in black-and-white and delivered to the public in an unorthodox way. While “Slaves” was projected onto walls in the streets of various cities around the world, “Blkkk Skkkn Head,” for now, only exists in an embeddable player on Kanye’s site. (So far neither is officially available on YouTube or on TV/online outlets like MTV.)
I open the debate… The 2nd verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse of all time….meaning … OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 20, 2013
Back on July 9, after the unfinished version of the video leaked, Yeezus hopped on Twitter to blast the offender who allowed the unauthorized version to get out early. “The BLKKK SKKKN HD video that leaked yesterday was not the official version,” he wrote. “Me and Nick Knight have been working on this video for 5 months and for creatives it’s heartbreaking when something like this happens.”
West then asked that any site that had posted the video take it down, adding, “And to who ever leaked the video … F— YOU!”
The release caps off an eventful weekend for Kanye, who was seen tussling with a member of the paparazzi in a viral video that hit TMZ on Friday. On Saturday, he proclaimed the second verse of his “New Slaves” to be the best rap verse in the history of rap music.