Kanye West’s Top Ten Music Videos

It all culminates in this, Kanye’s top ten greatest videos of all-time.

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10.  NIGGAS IN PARIS directed by Kanye West

Why it’s number 10:  The energy from Jay and Kanye.  The super models in the front row.  The kaleidoscope effects.  One of the most fun videos ever.  

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
10 5 5 10 0.5 30.5

9.  ALL OF THE LIGHTS directed by Hype Williams

Why it’s number 9:  The restrained black and white interlude followed by the hyper colorful strobes Plus when it comes to visuals it’s hard to top Rihanna. 

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
9 7 7 8 X 31

8.  PARANOID directed by Nabil Elderkin

Why it’s number 8:  Hey look at that, back to back Rihanna.  See a trend?  Kanye, a frequent black and white offender, utilizes the effect best in this video.  Kayne once tweeted “I get emotional over fonts,” well  the font he uses here coupled with the chase scene sequence gives the video an awesome vintage 1940s horror movie vibe.  

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
10 6 7 8 0.33 31.33

7.  LOVE LOCKDOWN directed by Simon Henwood

Why it’s number 7:  The lead single from Kanye’s overlooked and hugely underrated 808s and Heartbreak album, perfectly complements the album visually.  Minimalistic (the all white setting) paired with tribal drums (self explanatory) creates something interesting that no other hip hop artist has the balls to attempt.      

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
10 7 8 6 0.66 31.66

6.  HEARTLESS directed by Hype Williams

Why it’s number 6:  Heartless ranks as Kanye’s top animated video, a popular medium for him.  The song tells the story of a lost love and the video follows that story with Kanye roaming the streets alone while his thoughts flashback to her.  I can also confidently say Kanye’s animated moniker is the best dressed cartoon ever.

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
9 8 8 7 X 32

5.  STRONGER directed by Hype Williams

Why it’s number 5:  The video that brought back shutter shades, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  Factor in the cameos of the gorgeous Cassie and collaborators Daft Punk, the Tokyo setting and the Akira (a classic Japanese anime) inspirations, you have one of Kanye’s finest videos.    

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
9 8 7 8 0.33 32.33

4.  TOUCH THE SKY directed by Chris Milk

Why it’s number 4:  The video evokes classic 1970s films, with Kanye portraying an Evel Knievel-type character and Pamela Anderson as his concerned beau.  The interlude referencing Kanye’s comments on the President and his own song, Gold Digger, offers the video some comedy.  Mix in Lupe’s performing with a marching band and the backdrop the the Grand Canyon, Kanye kills it.            

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
8 8 7 9 0.66 32.66

3.  FLASHING LIGHTS (version 1) directed by Spike Jonze and Kanye West

Why it’s number 3:  What makes this video totally great is it’s Kanye at his WTF apex.  It starts with one very voluptuous woman stripping down to her bra and panties in the Nevada desert and burning her clothes.  Then she takes one very sexy walk to her car, opens the trunk to reveal a tied up Kanye and than ensues to murder him with a shovel.  Between the bizarre storyline and the sublime cinematography, this has to be among Kanye’s top efforts.    

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
9 8 8 8 X 33

2.  RUNAWAY directed by Kanye West

Why it’s number 2:  This is edited from Kanye’s  feature project “Runaway.”   The aesthetics of this video are out of this world.  The color scheme of the rusted green wall verses the grey concrete.  The white ballerinas in black leotards, the black party-goers in all white.  The fantastic choreography of classically trained ballerinas, everything works together to make a truly beautiful composite.  For near any other artist this would be far and away their number one video, but not for Kanye.         

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
10 8 10 9 X 37

1.  MONSTER directed by Jake Nava

http://stereogum.com/719822/kanye-west-monster-video-final-version/top-stories/lead-story/

Why this is number 1:  First off let me apologize for not being able to find a link I could properly embed into this post.  Now let’s take a look Kanye’s all time greatest music video, and in appropriate Kanye fashion, most controversial video.  What makes this video great is it’s dazzling darkness and graceful gothic imagery.  Monster, a posse track, employs four the the most popular rappers in the current hip hop landscape and each of their distinct personalities are realized within the context of the video.  Rick Ross sits at a throne, puffing a cigar with dead models hanging from chains in an image that paints him as a ‘bawse’.  Kanye, on the other hand, is pursued by beautiful monsters (his critics??) that he must kill off.  Jay-Z in shades and an impeccably tailored suit looks like the trademark cool he has come to represent.  While Nicki Minaj shows off her schizo personalty playing the damsel, pink haired Barbie and the psycho, raven haired, leather clad, Roman.  Monster thrives as Kanye’s crowning achievement in Music Videos.     

Visuals and Aesthetic Concept and Story Creativity and Vision Entertainment Value Gut Total
10 9 9 10 X 38
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