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

Feb 13th, 2008 // 17 Comments

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]

  1. Anonymous

    Trapped in the Trunk!

  2. Ned Raggett

    @HarveyWallbanger: Okay, you win.

  3. Whigged

    I haven’t had time to check out Kanye’s vid yet, but the plot sounds strikingly familiar, at least parts of it: Woman strips down? Check. Our hero ends up in the trunk of a car? Check.

  4. Anonymous

    This sounds like a bad combination of J-Lo’s “Love Don’t Cost A Thing” (stripping and cars), Aerosmith’s “Crying” (psycho girlfriends and cars) with some G n’R's “November Rain” and good ol’ Justin Timberlake’s “What Goes Around” mixed in for good measure. Does Kanye have an original bone in his body? He already had to lean on the creative genius of Daft Punk to fuel his breakout single “Stronger” and now he wants to steal the video thunder from bad ’90s has beens. Next thing you know Mr. West will have an infomercial like George Foreman or Suzanne Somers. Kayne would look good selling Thighmaster 2.0. Word.

  5. futurehorse

    Since when has lighter fluid been too controversial to show in a music video?

  6. Al Shipley

    @ladysonic: Yeah, he really owes all his fame to Daft Punk. I’d never even heard of this guy before that “Stronger” song a few months ago.

  7. Anonymous

    @ladysonic: “his breakout single”

    I had no idea DP were on “Through the Wire”! Damn, the things you learn from all-knowing posters on this site!

  8. gorillavsmarykate

    Guys, I think what ladysonic is saying is she’s an idiot.

  9. dollywould

    Hm, there’s got to be a sequel. The video cuts off a good minute before the song is actually over. *disclaimer, I maybe listen to this song too much, but I loooove it*

    I actually was taken aback when she starts hitting him. He may have the ego from hell, but I can appreciate him for actually trying to do something different with his videos.

  10. dollywould

    @heidiho: Jeez, how many “actually”‘s can I fit in one comment?

  11. Al Shipley

    Yeah, I was gonna say, why is the video so much shorter than the song? Considering that this fucking video has been hyped for weeks with stills, I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s still more to reveal.

  12. Anonymous

    This isn’t the full video. Unless the still he put up on his website has been edited out, there was a shot of a woman in a ball gown in the middle of an empty street a month ago.

    [www.kanyeuniversecity.com]

  13. Anonymous

    @futurehorse: That’s probably actually bottle of liquor that either can’t be shown because we wouldn’t want to encourage the kiddos to drink or because the label can be seen and therefore the makers of the video would have to pay the company some kind of royalty, no?

  14. Anonymous

    @ladysonic: According to Beanie Sigel, Kanye has had various bones deep in his body at one time or another.

  15. G3K

    It’s just the “trailer”, or so I hear.

  16. brandonsoderberg

    I know its played-out and obvious, but my favorite thing of the past 6 months is confront the rap-ignorant with the harsh reality that Daft Punk too SAMPLE FROM OLD SONGS…i sort of wish this was just the whole video because then it would be kinda great.

  17. relaxing

    @arch05: So true! Also, I had no idea “hip hop is unoriginal because it samples other artists” was still an interesting criticism of the genre!

    As for the video, it seems, how do they say, misogynistic? (Which I believe is still a valid criticism, and not just against hip hop.)

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