The visuals for Kanye West’s “I Feel Like That” were never released online following its display as part of an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art… or so we thought.
Kanye West receiving media attention has been an understatement lately. The 38 year old visionary has always been known to generate press, but with the release of his newest album, The Life of Pablo, and the storm of controversy surrounding the roll out and content, West has been in the front and center of the media’s attention. The album itself had gone through multiple phases, including ‘So Help Me God’ and ‘Waves’ before TLOP had been finalized.
Way back in early 2015, during the SHMG phase, Kanye debuted the single “All Day” featuring Allan Kingdom, Paul McCartney, and Theophilus London at the Brit Awards with a literal fiery performance. He was backed by an entourage consisting of an upwards of 50 men clad in all black, with flamethrowers that two people shot off at random intervals. It was released on March 2, 2015 as a non-album single. Produced by Kanye West, Puff Daddy, French Montana, Velous, and Charlie Heat, the song has gone on to garner two Grammy nominations and become RIAA Gold certified.
The visuals for the song become a hot topic when it was announced that Steve McQueen, Academy Award winning director of 12 Years a Slave, would direct the video. The final product also included a new song called “I Feel Like That” and was displayed as part of an exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It ran in a gallery for four days. However, the video was never released online and and all the fans were left hanging. Or so we thought.
Recently, KTT (Kanye To The forum) user Yeezy77 posted the video in HD quality claiming that he had found it with a simple google search on the second page backed with a screenshot for evidence. The greatest thing about the discovery? The video had already been out on the internet for close to a year. And nobody had knew about it.
The video can be viewed here, courtesy of reddit user re-D.
The two part video shows the camera running from Kanye and subsequently Kanye running from the camera during All Day. This relationship is best explained by the museum label when it was displayed at LACMA.
“Shot by artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen, the video for Kanye West’s songs “All Day/I Feel Like That” plays upon the relationship between the camera and the subject. As in a meeting between the bull and the matador, it remains unclear who chases whom within the arena. The roles of pursuer and pursued are at times inverted. Shot in a single 9-minute take with natural lighting and minimal context, McQueen accentuates the immediacy and intensity of the performer up close. Every movement of West is seen; every breath felt. It becomes apparent how the song itself fuels West’s performance, from the bravado in “All Day,” to the vulnerability of “I Feel Like That.”
The second song, I Feel Like That, showcases a vulnerable Kanye West that the world hasn’t seen since 808’s and Heartbreak. The minimal but intense production backs a emotional vocal delivery as the artist laments his demons. The spoken word parts, that almost feels like narrations of his life, are quoted from a 50-question survey called the Cincinnati Stress Response Schedule. It seems like much of this stems from West’s life changing car accident, after which his jaw was wired shut, that he references in the Life of Pablo and seems to have a significant impact on his life today. It is always incredible to see an artist, especially one on a level like ‘Ye, confront their own personal issues on such a grand scale and so publicly. Kanye truly reminds us once again that regardless of his celebrity status, he is just another human being and goes through the same struggles as the rest of us.
Stream the audio only version of “I Feel Like That” above.