On May 4th, Kanye West premiered a music video for the song "Lost In The World" from his album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The video is a collaboration with film director Ruth Hogben, who has also collaborated with fashion designer Alexander McQueen and super-star Lady Gaga. What's really interesting, is that neither Kanye or Hogben gave any notice of the video's release when they had been working on it since last year.
According to an article on MTV.com (here), "fans are supposed to come up with their individual interpretations of the clip. Even the dancers in the video were given the creative freedom to let loose. 'It was actually their interpretation of the song,' Hogben explained. 'Kanye didn't say to them, 'Dance this way.' We wanted an interpretation of how they felt about the song.'"
I found this to be very interesting because it seems to bring hip-hop into a whole new artistic realm. However, there was a surprising amount of comments on YouTube bashing the film. One of the comments states "his ghetto pass has been revoked." But when was Kanye ever ghetto?
Anyway, what are you thoughts on Ruth Hogben and Kanye West's mesh of hip-hop and interpretive art? Do you think Kanye's "ghetto pass" has been revoked?