Kanye West: More Complicated Than The Books He Isn’t Reading

noah | May 29, 2009 3:00 pm

Yesterday, Kanye West got bummed out that the wrong version of his Rihanna-tastic “Paranoid” video leaked earlier this week: “IT HURTS ME TO SEE THE OLD AND VERY WRONG VERSION OF THE PARANOID VIDEO GET LEAKED ALL OVER THE NET WHILE I WAS ON AN 11 HR FLIGHT AND COULDN’T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT,” he all-capsed on his blog yesterday. The rest of his rant about the degraded state of the music video and how leaks just won’t let him be great after the jump!

IT’S JUST FRUSTRATING WHEN THIS STUFF HAPPENS BECAUSE I REALLY CARE ABOUT THE PRODUCT AND SINCE VIDEOS NEVER GET PLAYED ANY WAY YOU MIGHT AS WELL TWEAK THEM AND MAKE THEM AS SPECIAL AS POSSIBLE. THE VERSION THAT GOT LEAKED FROM THE CAMERA PHONE LAST WEEK IS AT LEAST A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE FINAL PRODUCT. THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR YOUR SUPPORT BUT THAT VIDEO WAS NOT UP TO MY STANDARDS. HERE’S SOME SCREEN SHOTS FROM THE REAL VIDEO

Aw, poor guy. I actually thought the video looked very cool, but apparently if the pictures he posted along with the rant are any indication, the final product is much more drained of color. (As an aside: How, exactly, do unfinished cuts of videos get leaked? Are Kanye’s people hosting files on Rapidshare for quick sharing or something?) Yet it’s kind of ironic that the top post on Kanye’s blog right now is an embed of “Paparazzi” by Lady GaGa, who–surprise!–is also peeved about her video leaking before its time. I’m going to guess that the GaGa clip is more of a finished (if not-yet-censored for TV) product than “Paranoid,” but still, what’s good for the leak is good for the guy who is trying to stick his finger in it, no? Or something like that.IT HURTS ME ETC. [kanYe West: Blog]LADY GAGA “PAPARAZZI” [kanYe West: Blog]