Kanye West Goes A-Haunting in Latest "Flashing Lights" Video

May 30, 2008 11:31 AM ET

In case two videos didn't satisfy your appetite for "Flashing Lights," Kanye West has dropped a third clip, this time abandoning the trunk of a car for that mansion from Psycho and a dinner party out of Clue. While the visuals this time around are more suitable for a Siouxsie and the Banshees video, it's still fun to watch Kanye eat soup, follow a chalk line drawn by a female servant and go floating upward after being thrown out of a window. Sure beats being beaten by a shovel. The whole thing plays out to be either the coolest perfume commercial ever or the most morbid Madonna video not to star Madonna. Also, there's some dangerous soup involved. We can wait to see what West has planned for the fourth act. Keep reading for Kanye's explanation as to why he released the video, straight from his blog.


I shot 3 vids for flashing lights cuz I ain't like the first 2. I loved the 3rd one that I released with Spike and hit the world with that. I actually had Sam Speigal , Spike's brother and co-orchestrater of THE TOUR MUSIC, do a remix 2 the scary one 2 make the music fit. I planned 2 put it on a DVD later this year. No rant's here just an explanation of why yall getting those other vids rt now that I ain't approve and why I ain't finna post neither on my blog. So I hope whoever leaked them got the shine they was looking 4 cause that's all they'll get now. And I know that's incorrect english but that's how I talk when I want 2. Oh and I've just been 2 busy 2 get at the New York Times for all that his Ego BLAH BLAH BLAH bullshit so stay tuned. For fun, I want yall 2 read this whole post in the Grandma's Boy JP robot voice LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

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