Kanye’s Videos Aren’t That Good

I’m an unapologetic Kanye West stan. I own multiple copies of each of his albums, one or two copies courtesy of Def Jam records and one copy I purchase myself because I usually support artists I like.

But as I’ve mentioned, I’m typically a tougher critic on my favorite artists, probably because I care about the product so much. Musically, Kanye can basically do no wrong in my eyes. I think he’s the best hip-hop artist out. Nevermind that 808 didn’t feature any rap verses, Yeezy’s been killing on every other feature, be it Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down,” Beyonce’s “Ego” RMX or Rick Ross’s “Maybach Music 2.” My co-worker Mike D recently went as far as to crown Kanye the best lyricist out. While I don’t agree, I do think ‘Ye doesn’t get his just due lyrically. The thing is, he often follows brilliant lines with “so many aunties we can make an auntie team” type of lyrics. Pretty, pretttyyyy bad.

Nonetheless, the music is superior. His videos, not so much. I always found it funny that Kanye threw tantrums for losing best videos when his clips aren’t that great to me. Let’s not get it twisted, he has some classics in his video catalog. I loved “Through The Wire,” “Gold Digger” and “Touch The Sky,” among a few others, but couldn’t really get with “All Falls Down,” “Flashing Lights,” “Love Lockdown” and the recently leaked “Paranoid.” My thing with some of these videos is, Kanye tries to go left, which I can appreciate, but I feel like he misses the mark. Now, Ye has himself said that the “Paranoid” version that’s out isn’t close to what he had in mind. So in some instances, perhaps the videos being cool rather than great had to do with a breakdown somewhere.

What do you guys think? What do you think of Kanye’s videos? What are some of his best and worst videos? I hope I don’t get on Kanyeuniversity in all caps for this.

  • General

    Sorry, but I can get with that “Flashing Lights” video all day, that chic may not have the nicest grill, but that body is outrageous

    • RiZob

      i kno this is off topic, but 50 Cent really is an awful rapper….i mean shit! if anybody else was to spit the same exact shit, they would be lauged out of the industry. But this nicca can spit nursery rhymes over bullshit beats, and yall niccas love it…..real talk….

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    WORST VIDEO: 2 WORDS

    BEST VIDEO: GRAMMY FAMILY & DRIVE SLOW

    (LEANS BACK AND TURNS “DRIVE SLOW REMIX” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP)) T.I MURDERED EVERYBODY ON THE REMIX (NO PUN INTENDED)

    • paul re7ere

      LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • OG Matt Herbz

    I really like his video for “Pussy Poppin.”

    Who cares that he didn’t rap, sing, or appear in the video.

    And who cares that it’s not really a Kanye video, because it was a great video?

    –OG Matt Herbz–

  • Pierzy

    The “Amazing” video is hott. I like his videos because they’re different. If all of his videos had the standard 3 scenes – rapping in front of cars; rapping in the club; rapping while a model grinds on you – then I’d be disappointed. At least he tries to do different things…….

    • Detroit P

      Liking a video cus it’s different is like liking a piece of shit because it smells like piss…it just makes you look like an asshole…that “Amazing” video is boring, It has nice shots of Hawaii but what travel guide commercial doesn’t?…I can only look at trees and water for so long…being different for the sake of being different is cool(i guess)..but it definitely doesn’t automatically warrant you any critical acclaim…and another interesting thing is that Kanye being “different” is just him biting a bunch of shit that the hip hop community is not familiar with and presenting them as his own creative genius, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing because he does put his on work into these ideas…its just something to note

      • Pierzy

        Actually, liking something because it’s different proves that you are open to a variety of different things.

        How many videos have those 3 things that I mentioned despite the content of the song? Expand your horizons.

        • Detroit P

          Actually, liking something because it’s different proves that you are open to a variety of different things.
          ^^^^^
          No it doesn’t…it just makes you a douche…that means that you like every single thing that you don’t do or see on a regular basis…and you know that you don’t….it’s okay to like something that’s different…but liking something solely because it’s different just makes you a douche…whether you like it or not is all that should matter…no matter whether it’s different or the same

        • BIGNAT

          hahaha douche how about a fizzle

  • Moving Sideways

    Funny ‘Ye >>> Whiny ‘Ye

    Throw Some D’s Remix is his best video.

    • PARIS PERSHUNM

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      THAT VIDEO WAS HILARIOUS!!!!

  • Rob the Music Ed

    Nah you’re buggin. I think Kanye actually makes THEE BEST hip-hop videos.
    “Good Life” is one of my favorite vids, “Heartless” was GREAT with the rotoscope. “All Falls Down” was a dope concept video plus it had Stacey Dash in it.

    I didnt like the “Love Lockdown” video, but “Amazing” looks GREAT in HD!

    Pound for pound Kanye West makes the illest hip-hop videos this is not even a debate.

  • Silly Willy

    Actually I kinda liked Two Words, the low budget feel before it was all trendy and the documentary credits feel, but I think his best was the Jesus Walks with the chained prisoners in the field

    • PARIS PERSHUN

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
      I LIKED THE “2 WORDS” VIDEO TOO… BUT OUT OF ALL HIS VIDEOS I WOULD SAY THATS THE WORST ONE…. BUT ONCE AGAIN I ACTUALLY LOVE THAT VIDEO ESPECIALLY THE DOCUMENTARY SHIT

  • og bobby j

    videos aside, Kanye just isnt a good rapper. Great behind the boards…but not in the booth. IMO, he should stick to beats…..

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    I pretty much like all of his videos.

    “Paranoid” was fucking awesome!

  • BIGBOB43

    HE MAKE GOOD MUSIC BUT, HE IS A BIG BABIE

  • Federal Ranga

    @ Paris
    Grammy Family was a DJ Khaled video, bruh.

    Kanye’s worst video is Jesus Walks… hands down. Which reminds me….

    Naw, I aint even gon say it…

  • PARIS PERSHUN

    @ FEDERAL RANGA…….IT WAS KANYE SONG THO…. THATS KINDA LIKE SAYIN “I’M SO HOOD” IS KHALED SONG!!!!… THAT NIGGA WAS JUST THE HOST DJ FOR THAT GRAMMY FAMILY SONG

    (LEANS BACK AND TUNRS “GRAMMY FAMILY” WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY WAY THE FUCK UP))

  • Enlightened

    I don’t like that niggas music. I like his videos better than his music

  • Epinz

    Kanye west reminds me of kobe…they’re both great at what they do, nggz just can’t stand they’re personalities!…at least I dnt!

  • $ykotic

    This n*99a Kanye stay whining about some unnecessary sh*t.

    Vids are good. Ego ain’t.

  • geico lizard

    Enjoy your Kanye West boycott. He is going to stop doing interviews for anyone xxl related. Mr West doesnt appreciate your negative energy directed at his expensive music videos.

    • $ykotic

      Remember he doesn’t read…

      • BIG BAWLS

        yE’ is a real “Smart dumb nagga”

        LOL….Dude you owe me a laptop, I just spit my dr pepper all my keyboard…

      • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

        *rimshot*

  • http://www.micfiendmusic.com Shod Harris

    Ye has had some hot videos, all of his videos are just different. His hottest videos are Jesus Walks, Flashing Lights, Stronger, and Two Words was hot too (it seemed like it could be the intro for Good Times).

    But keep this in mind too though, he must be doing something right with his videos cuz he has us talking about them RIGHT NOW. I need aint nobody talking about the Swag Surfin video or the Ricky Bobby video.

  • BIGNAT

    Flashing Lights umm is a nice creative video that i enjoy very much all the versions he made

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    The one good thing I will say about him is that he tries.

    Plenty of industry cats just follow the mold cut by the last guy, but Kanye tries. Like Rob The M.E. & Pierzy said, his attitude towards being different is his superpower. That’s the focal point of the love/hate he receives.
    I just think he pours it on entirely too thick entirely too often in all aspects of Kanyewesticismness.

    The music &/or videos that I don’t care for, I still appreciate, for whatever they’re worth. But, best imo is “Through The Wire”. That concept alone was bananas, especially since he wasn’t all weirded out yet. Complex simplicity @ it’s finest.

    *semi-sidenote:
    Y’all check out http://www.cracked.com. There’s an article called “What If Kanye West Is Retarded?” Dude. Read it. Lulz for the entire weekend.

  • ChicaGo

    fuck that bs. so many we aunties we can have an auntie team was a great line. it was relatable and it was part of a great song in “roses.” The Kanye everybody loves is now is just a gayfish. nothing more and nothing less…

  • CashKidd

    I like most of Kanyes videos

    All Falls Down
    Heartless
    Gold digger
    Flashing Lights
    Stronger was crazy to me
    Through the wire

  • Chris S

    why are we all complaining about the paranoid video?

  • BORN IN THE NORTH, RAISED IN THE SOUTH

    “Love Lockdown” is the best, save for the Steve-Urkel wardrobe choice…. The worst is prolly “Stronger.”

  • DazzOne

    “Welcome to Heartbreak” = DOPE.

  • http://undergroundtriniartiste.blogspot.com trini bwoy

    Kanye West tries hard with his videos but doesn’t come close to making the best hip hop videos. I admit most hip hop vids dese days are shit so he gets a pass but he wouldn’t make a peep back in the days when Missy and Busta was killing it. He always comes with some off the wall shit and sometimes hits with things like Good Life and Golddigger which were good not great but most times we get head scratchers like Amazing and Stronger which are just exercises in self indulgence.

  • Rae Tha Great

    MR. WEST IS THE BEST LYRICSIST, HIS VIDEOS DO GO FARRRRRRR LEFT LIKE “WHY THEY DON’T MATCH WITH THE LYRICS” FLASHING LIGHTS WAS THE FIRST EXPERIENCE. ALL FALLS DOWN & THROUGH THE WIRE WHERE CLASSICS.

    BEST VIDEOS – 2 WORDS, DIAMONDS, WELCOME TO HEARTBREAK, JESUS WALKS, WIRE, HEARTLESS

    WORST VIDEOS – FLASHING LIGHTS

  • Azhar

    Top 5 Videos

    Through the Wire
    Grammy Family
    Homecoming
    Diamonds
    Go Hard

  • DazzOne

    Missy Eliot’s videos>>>>>>>>Kanye West’s videos