It’s hard to watch the Throne if it isn’t there.
BFFs Jay-Z and Kanye released the official “No Church in the Wild” video late last night, making the track the third from their 2011 super-collaboration Watch the Throne to get a clip.
It is, however, the first that doesn’t involve an appearance from either rapper, or even guest crooner Frank Ocean.
Instead of kaleidoscopic wizardry and flashy, Aziz Ansari-approved sports cars, the bleakly shot, Romain Gavras-directed video focuses on a violent yet somehow vaguely boring uprising in the streets of Prague. Dissatisfied youth, aggressive police, burning cars — you get the idea.
While watching it, we were secretly wishing that one of the rioters would take off his bandana and reveal himself to be Jay or ‘Ye, ready to spice things up a bit. Alas, our prayers were not answered, and five minutes later, the video ends with… more rioting.
We’re not saying we have to see famous people in every music video, but when a project is basically built on megastar wattage like the Throne is, it wouldn’t hurt.
Take a peek at the “No Church in the Wild” video for yourself and let us know if you agree: