The video for Kanye West‘s latest single “Monster” is like the rapper’s answer to Michael Jackson‘s classic video for “Thriller” — but instead of dancing zombies, he gives us undead, barely dressed and occasionally dismembered models. The clip, which surfaced this morning, also features guest appearances from Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and indie-folk star Bon Iver.
In the video as well as in the song, Minaj steals the show. In what Rolling Stone called “the cameo of the year,” she switches up her delivery repeatedly over the course of 31 bars, veering between cartoonish sweetness and unhinged villainy. She dramatizes the jarring dynamic shifts in the clip by appearing as a fanged dominatrix torturing a far more innocent version of herself in a neon pink wig and frilly white dress. It’s a brilliant visual take on a breathtakingly badass verse, but really, they could’ve just focused in on her incredible facial expressions and called it a day. She’s just that entertaining to watch.
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Keep in mind that the video above is not the official version, and may be missing some special effects. This version leaked this morning, because apparently hotly anticipated music videos — not just songs — leak now. It’s a whole new world, folks. Kanye West: innovative, even when he probably doesn’t intend to be.