Kanye West & Vic Mensa Use The Emotion On Their Faces To Keep Wolves Away (Video)
Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo is an album driven by ego, alienation, and an eerie survivalist’s mentality. One of the songs that is a cornerstone of this theme is “Wolves.” Assisted by Roc Nation’s Vic Mensa (who had been pushing his demo tapes to Kanye since he was an adolescent) and Pop star Sia, the record is more than five minutes of intensity.
Today, West and Mensa release the corresponding T.L.O.P. visual. Shot in black-and-white, the music video (a partnership with French fashion house Balmain) appears to be driven by a fashion show runway. However, intermittently, viewers can see the pained eyes of Kanye, Vic, and even Kim Kardashian-West. In some cases (most notably ‘Ye’s) those eyes have tears. As the animal kingdom regularly uses eyes in predator-prey standoffs, this artful treatment perhaps shows just how far people can go to protect the ones they love.
Taking seven minutes on the dot, the record (co-written by CyHi The Prynce, and co-produced by Mike Dean) gets the dramatic treatment to match its emotional dynamics.