Kanye West Sits Down For A Very Creepy Dinner

May 29th, 2008 // 9 Comments


Kanye West has released yet another video for “Flashing Lights,” and this time out the macabre clip is set in a house that brings to mind Mr. Boddy’s vacation home in the movie version of Clue. While this clip sadly lacks that film’s Howard Hesseman quotient, it does have a lot of ghosty imagery that suggests it’s set in Kanye’s own personal afterlife, perhaps picking up right after the shovel-shivving he received in installment one. (My favorite part is probably the bit when an impressive layer of dust is being white-glove-tested off the suit of one of the dinner party guests. I guess the mortgage on that place is so high, dry cleaning is out of the question?) There are a few shots of open road that make me think that this is supposed to be viewed in tandem with the first clip; if you’d like to figure out how the second “Lights” video that leaked over the holiday fits into all this, I’ve embedded it after the jump.

Version 1:

Version 2:

Kanye West – Flashing Lights [YouTube]
Kanye West – Flashing Lights (2nd New Version) OFFICIAL VIDEO [YouTube]
Flashing Lights [BuzzCuts]

  1. enriquez the water bottle

    Isn’t this the seventh video from this album by now?

  2. walkmasterflex

    @enriquez the water bottle: at least, if you’re counting the zach galifianakis/will oldham version of “can’t tell me nothing”

  3. Dead Air ummm Dead Air

    As for who killed Mr Boddy? It was Kanye, in the Hall, with the Revolver.

    Now I’m going to go home and sleep with my wife.

  4. Barry White Stripes, Office LW

    Good stuff…

    @first version: What’s another word for pirate treasure???

  5. Tauwan

    Dear Kanye,

    Go ahead and one-up Beyonce by making not one, not two, but THREE videos for every track on Graduation. It’s okay. We know you want to.

  6. bcapirigi

    i don’t get the howard hesseman joke. or is he, like communism, just a red herring?

  7. bcapirigi

    i just remembered the anti-drug howard hesseman video i had to watch in seventh grade, though. basically he sat at a desk and then pretended to do all the different kinds of drugs that there are. that video was awesome. way more so than the childbirth video.

  8. Stafford

    @Tauwan: I support it. Every last video he’s done, including all his multiples for one song, have fallen somewhere between better-than-good and totally great. Despite all the shit-talking the internet like to do concerning him, he does know how to surround himself with great collaborators. When you surround yourself with good people, cool things get done. But I know, he’s nothing special, most hip hop guys have worked with gondry, bill plympton, spike jonze and made a fantastic homage to AKIRA with Hype Williams. Kanye’s a dime a dozen these days.

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