Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” Video Full Of Fire, Cleavage, And Implied Violence

By: Maura / February 13, 2008

Kanye West’s video for “Flashing Lights” has premiered on Rocafella.com, and as previously revealed, its plot is pretty simple, if a bit fever-dreamish: A woman drives to an unidentified cliff’s edge, gets out of her car, strips down to her skivvies, and sets her discarded clothing on fire. Then, seemingly empowered by her stripping-and-burning, she walks back to her car and pops the trunk, which contains a) a shovel and b) a bound and gagged Kanye. The video’s final scenes are a long, sumptuous shot of the clip’s antiheroine bringing the two together in a somewhat disturbing way (it’s almost like she’s using the shovel as a substitute for an icepick), but since we, the viewers, never actually see shovel hit Kanye’s prone body–and since the video just kinda ends–I’m wondering if there isn’t some sort of sequel on the way in which our hero breaks free of his bounds and turns the tables on his tormentor.
[OnSmash / rocafella.com; HT Reed Fischer]