Review Revue: Jay-Z And Kanye West’s “Otis” Video
To coincide with today’s physical CD release of Jay-Z and Kanye West’s collaborative LP Watch The Throne, the pair — who now go by the monicker The Throne — unleashed the Spike Jonze-directed video for their Otis Redding tribute jam “Otis” last night. And sure, you’ve got an opinion on the clip. But we figured you might be curious about what the Internet at large had to say about the two Cash Kings‘ new visual. Read on!
:: Los Angeles Times‘ Pop & Hiss blog quips, “In the video, the Throne keep it simple — if simple for them means torching and chopping up a black Maybach to transform it into some souped-up ATV hybrid, which they take for a joyride — with models and Aziz Ansari in tow.”
:: Says The Atlantic, “Sure, those cars are Maybachs — which ranks second to Rolexes & co. as Throne lyrical memes — and by casually trashing them, the two superstars are once again telegraphing their own stratospheric fortunes. And yes, with Spike Jonze directing and Kanye/Jay involved, there’s little doubt that the shooting-the-shit vibe of the proceedings was storyboarded and calibrated for maximum relatability. But still. Fun stuff.”
:: However, Miami’s New Times zeroed in reasons why the “Otis” vid sucks: “Put simply, this pair of premiere rap man-baby millionaires has, quite predictably, substituted soul for swag. ”
:: XXL simply said, “The Throne had way too much fun making this.”
:: Prefixmag offered up two reactions to the clip: “1. It’s okay, I guess. 2. Why isn’t this just a video of Aziz Ansari looking goofily at Kanye while he stands in the doorway of a tricked out Maybach? Because I could watch that literally all day long.”