The video for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Paris” has finally come out, and it’s probably not surprising that the setting is one of the giddy live performances of the track that closed the Watch The Throne Tour last year. This is no straight-up “check us out live” video interspersed with shots of the two dudes chilling on the tour bus and horsing around, though; the super-high-quality footage of Jay, Kanye, and the crowd is, instead, looped and kaleidoscoped and laid on top of itself in such a way that each frame could be its own Rorschach test. In honor of that, I’ve put down my first-impulse reactions to six frames from this video—feel free to psychoanalyze them in the comments! Or pick your own, because there are really a lot to choose from.
In the middle of the picture, I spy the kindly face of Wilford Brimley. Suddenly I am hungry for oatmeal.
Look, it’s the set of Spaceballs! Not sure if that dude in the back is Major Asshole or his cousin.
A pyramid, made of hair. Could it be… an illuminati confession???
The chillwave clearance bin is a 🙁 place, but at least the album covers are pretty.
You may see an attempt to evoke girl-on-girl titillation. I see an homage to that picture of existentially troubled Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez making out with himself.
OH MY GOD IT’S A TWO-HEADED TIGER AND IT’S GONNA JUMP OUT OF ITS “TOTALLY CUTE YET TOTALLY MURDEROUS ANIMALS” HUFFPO GALLERY AND EAT ME HELP HELP HELPPPPPPP
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 9, 2012