If you were expecting some fancy scenery from the City Of Lights to play into the video for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Watch The Throne hit “Ni**as In Paris”, then you’re out of luck. The clip for the often-performed song is instead comprised mostly of footage shot last December during the hip hop duo’s final Staples Center gig in Los Angeles. Some headache-inducing (or, as the intro warns, epileptic fit-inducing) camera effects and a cameo by Blades Of Glory star Will Ferrell are mixed in for the heck of it.
Given West’s penchant for and forays into fashion in recent years, we’d by lying if we said we aren’t a little disappointed that the “Ni**as In Paris” vid doesn’t have some sort of francais-themed narrative. After all, live videos are always a snooze, no matter how much you try to jazz them up with the bright, tricky camera shots.
It’s also interesting that the Throne MCs waited till this long after the fact, now that “Ni**as In Paris” has seemingly already had its heyday in the Top 10 and on radio, to offer up a video.