Kanye West's 'All of the Lights' video is bright and angry: Watch here

The video for the most grandiose record on Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, “All of the Lights,” finally dropped this weekend.

The Hype Williams-directed, Gaspar Noé-inspired clip features a light show that might require viewing with sunglasses. In it, West plays a father who abuses his daughter’s mother, and when he returns from jail he fights the new man in her life (and bed). Now his daughter is walking around fatherless, while West laments life’s stresses atop cop cars.

It’s a wild storyline, I know. But somehow it works. The track itself features several notable vocal talents (Fergie, Alicia Keys, Elton John) but Kanye only pulled in Rihanna, who sings the hook and Kid Cudi, who handles the bridge, for the visual.

Check out the video after the jump.

What do you think of the video? Sound off in the comments section.

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  • dusen

    Great vid and song – but I’m getting Rihanna overload. I don’t mind her, but she seems to be on every other song on the radio for the last year.

    • blaine

      Agree – she’s overexposed (pun kind of intended).

      • SS

        1. Rihanna is 2 videos away from doing porn. She needs to cover up just to remind me she’s not a stripper, but a singer.
        2. Why is she on EVERY song nowadays? Her nasally voice is giving me a headache.

    • D2

      That speaks more to her power as a hitmaker.

      • blaine

        Nobody’s arguing her status as a hitmaker. However, there is an inherent risk of being oversaturated.

        As the saying goes, how can we miss you, if you never go away?

    • amanda

      She is constantly putting out CDs so she can be on the radio consistently, on every award show, late night show, etc. because if she took a long enough break she’d be easily replaced.

      • u


    • Cynthia

      Totally agree, was this the All Star Game or a Rihanna concert. All photos on most of the news sites show multiple photos of Rihanna.

    • Le HIROSHI

      The music is OK – another catchy (pop) mainstream hiphop. But, IMO, they could use some more of quality editing work.

      – –

      By the way, is there any special meaningful hint behind the use of orange-red color?

  • Eshia

    I agree with “dusen”. There’s no shock value seeing Rihanna’s exposed body anymore. Makes me say, “meh”. Otherwise, I really like the video.

    • selena

      shut up

  • Stephanie

    What happened to Nicki Minaj’s part?

    • matt

      she was never in the song

      • Steve

        I guess that would’ve made the vid a bit too long. But N. Minaj was in this song also and I love her verse too.

    • dusen

      You may be thinking of “Monster”. Great track.

    • Maddy

      I think you probably mean Fergie’s part. Seems like they cut it. Nicki Minaj is featured on a different track on the album.

    • Liz Lemon

      Nicki Minaj is featured on Dark Fantasy and also Monster. Not this song. But I LOVE this video!! I hope Kanye makes a video for Monster too. I love that song. The whole album is fantastic!

      • Jay Swagg

        There is a video for monster

      • Damany

        there is a video for monster

    • siltia

      i kno wut happen to her part

  • Johnny

    EPIC! The hidden meanings are crazy in this! The song was originally called ‘Ghetto University’ and the rugged alley and video itself really exemplify how ‘ghetto’ this song is supposed to be. Also, the quick edits and cuts is like th song itself, crazy and everywhere, symbolizing the crazy life people live trying to attain ‘all of the lights’, however this stuff is never visualized (fast cars, shooting stars) – all you get is Rihanna as the seductive celebrity seducing everyone cause she is where everyone wants to be, CuDi gloating about his success, but vegas and everything else is only shown in words, because the point of the song is the girl in the beginning can’t attain it. It’s talking about a normal life (a girl who’s parents are crazy) vs. a celebrity life.


    • psychoanalyzer

      Hmmm. I don’t think it’s that deep, but hey, whatevs. I thought the video was weak. Power? Now power was a simple but awesome video. This video looks like Kanye ran out of money and could only afford some special effect and a camera to follow a child up and down the streets.

    • Will

      The song was not called “Ghetto University”…get your facts right.

      • anna

        I think you’re the one who needs to get their facts right. The song was originally “ghetto university” Featuring drake. Just google it.

  • j. mathers

    Kayne West, he is so real. people really are making money off this???

  • Jason

    I fell asleep watching this video. Boring.

  • Jessica

    Boring video -already 2 million views on you tube but the flashing beyond bright lights make it difficult to enjoy

  • evon

    Not a big fan can care list

  • Vivi

    This video sucks. And I am a HUGE ‘Ye fan. There is nothing epic or riveting about this video. It honestly felt like the concept was rushed. And Kid Cudi looks lost.

  • robert

    This song is crazzzy! but honestly gotta agree with most your comments hearing Rihannna too muh is overwhelming. But great video of course.


    Elton John on keys in the intro.

  • caroline

    so wait — that’s FERGIE who’s rapping in the middle of this song and not Nicki Minaj? and as for the video I liked it. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with this song, Rihanna’s part included.

    • Renaton

      I knew Fergie was somewhere in the song, but didn’t know it was that rap.
      It just sounds so much like Nicky Minaj

  • harry

    awesome!!! song!!!

  • memmem

    Love the song…hate the video.

  • antbankz

    dam rihanna is freaken hot and her nips are bearly covered!!!

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