Two hip-hop titans unleashed new videos on MTV last night: Eminem and Rihanna debuted their "Love the Way You Lie" clip and Kanye West finally unveiled his much-anticipated "moving painting" for "Power."
In the 90-second-long "Power," the brainchild of Kanye and video artist Marco Brambilla, West — in his 15-pound Horus necklace — is placed in the center of a School of Athens-inspired tableaux surrounded by women in flowing robes who move slowly with the beat of the song. It's not your conventional music video; While artists like Lady Gaga are turning their songs into short films, this "moving painting," as Kanye calls it, only spans one of the "Power" verses in its minute-and-a-half — half the runtime of the making-of video that circulated on the web prior to "Power" clip's debut. Over the course of the "moving painting," two figures with swords are seen leaping towards Kanye, and at the moment of impact, the clip comes to a sudden halt. Thematically, the "Power" video latches on to the lyric "No one man should have all that power." "It's a moment of transition for him," director Brambilla recently told the New York Times . "It's like the end of an empire. It's him becoming mortal again… He's like a fallen idol."
Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie" featuring Rihanna has spent five consecutive weeks atop the Digital Singles chart. Megan Fox and Lost's Dominic Monaghan star in the video as a couple in a passionate but rocky love affair that ties into the video's theme of domestic abuse. Rihanna's appearance on the song is especially striking, given her personal experience with abuse with ex-boyfriend Chris Brown. "It's the story of them getting to know each other, and it's the story of their tumultuous relationship, and it was the story of the breakdown of their relationship," Monaghan told MTV about his character's relationship in the video, which also makes references to Eminem's tumultuous experience with his ex-wife Kim. "Ultimately, what I think he's trying to say in the song ... is that he should have walked away a little bit quicker than he did and not let it get as messy as it did."