Video was inspired by Vincent Desiderio’s painting “Sleep,” which was inspired by a Jackson Pollock mural commissioned for Peggy Guggenheim
Features George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner and Bill Cosby sleeping in the biggest bed that I’ve ever seen.
As if the song hadn’t caused enough controversy with Kanye claiming on the song that it was him rather than Taylor Swift’s talent that brang her the fame she enjoys today. Totally ignoring the fact that Swift was far from being a nobody before the notorious MTV Awards incident in 2013. Kanye upped the ante with the video promo for the song. On Friday night the video was premiered at The Forum in California and livestreamed via Tidal.
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous,” - Kanye West on “Famous”
I’ve seen a number of different edits for the video, but it basically features a host of celebs sleeping in a humongous bed, naked. You can find the full list above. Nudity and celebrities are two things that usually get people’s attention, put them together then people’s interest is usually heightened (see his wife, Kim Kardashian’s cover for Paper magazine which 'broke the internet' for proof).
No one knows what it means, but it's provocative— Vann R. Newkirk II (@fivefifths) June 25, 2016
The song, which is a bad one, certainly doesn’t deserve the amount of attention that it’s been receiving. The video which has an eery, voyeuristic feel to it by snooping in on the celebs while they’re in what seems to be in a private moment - sleeping together naked in a massive bed (as you do). I’m not sure how many of the celebs are actually in the video, but I’m almost certain that it’s not actually Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift and Ray J in the video. While the lady/ wax work that is supposedly Kanye’s ex, Amber Rose, looks alot like her, I very much doubt that she’d agree to something like this either.
“It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video],” West said. “It’s a comment on fame.” - Kanye West speaking to Vanity Fair on the video for new single “Famous”
Kanye’s intrepretation of Vincent Desiderio’s work seems alot more sexual, with all of the women except for Anna Wintour and Kim Kardashian bearing their breasts. Whereas Vincent Desiderio’s original had more of the subjects, both male and female, covering thier modesty.
“I’m sure he did it to be incendiary — but the real subject of the video is that many of these people in the bed are repulsive.” - Vincent Desiderio speaking to The New York Times on Kanye West’s “Famous” video
I certainly won’t be watching the video again unless like his latest album, The Life of Pablo, there’s another edit. You can watch “Famous” now via Tidal who have exclusive rights to it for a week. It should be up on Vevo and YouTube after that. Please do tweet me if you know who directed the video, so that I can credit them too.
Kanye: So I have this idea...— Marco Henry Negrete (@marcohenry) June 25, 2016
Jay Z & Beyoncé: No.