MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b*tch famous."
Leave it to Kanye West to – again – give people something to talk about, as finally, the controversial music video that accompanies his equally controversial Life of Pablo track, "Famous," is finally out after an exclusive release on Tidal and several screenings. (READ: Kanye West on 'Famous' line: 'I did not diss Taylor Swift')
It has that lo-fi look, and the camera pans carefully to show several celebrities, depicted naked and sleeping: 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. (READ: Rep for Taylor Swift clarifies rumors she knew about 'Famous' line in new Kanye song)
Yes, Taylor Swift, and she's reportedly not too pleased with her inclusion among the naked wax figures (she's most likely one of the "prosthetic" ones) – beside Kanye himself, no less. (READ: Kim Kardashian defends Kanye: Taylor Swift approved 'Famous' line)
There are several other controversial figures in the bed with Yeezy, but Kanye told Vanity Fair what the video – in a nutshell – is all about:
"It’s not in support or anti any of [the people in the video]," Kanye said. "It’s a comment on fame."
The music video as a whole takes visual cues from a 2008 painting called Sleep by Vincent Desiderio, who met with Kanye himself and was elated upon learning about how the "Famous" tableau was inspired by his own work. (WATCH: Kanye West performs 'Famous' live for the first time in PH, gives speech about it)
The artist told the New York Times: "As I’m watching the thing, they’re smiling and filming my response, and all of a sudden, I realized that it is my Sleep painting: 'Holy [expletive]! Oh my God!' I was really speechless."
"Kanye saw things in it that I don’t know how he could’ve seen. Kanye is truly an artist. Talking to him was like speaking to any of my peers in the art world — actually, more like talking to the brightest art students that have their eyes wide open."
Some prominent figures were critical of the music video. The creator of HBO series Girls, Lena Dunham, said in a lengthy Facebook post: "Kanye: you're cool. Make a statement on fame and privacy and the Illuminati or whatever is on your mind!"
"But I can't watch it, don't want to watch it, if it feels informed and inspired by the aspects of our culture that make women feel unsafe even in their own beds, in their own bodies."
Vincent Desiderio, whose painting inspired the video, responded to this by saying: "Artists are not saints. They’re not people whose first obligation is moral correctness."
What do you think of Kanye's new video? What do you think does the whole thing mean? Sound off in the comments! – Rappler.com