Kanye West is at it again. This time with the official video for "Fade" off of The Life of Pablo. After premiering at the MTV VMAs on August 28 and being available exclusively on TIDAL, the music video was released for the masses on YouTube on September 6.
The video features the bombshell G.O.O.D music artist Teyana Taylor in revealing clothing doing sensual and athletic dance moves with a gym as her backdrop. (SPOILER ALERT: The video ends with cat-faced Teyana naked, beside husband Iman Shumpert, their 8-month old daughter, and a flock of sheep.)
In an interview with VH1, she talked about making the video with Kanye and getting pooped on by the sheep!
The dancing has been compared to legendary performances by the likes of Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, and Jennifer Beals (of Flashdance fame). Choreographer Jae Blaze talked about working with Teyana in an interview with Pitchfork:
She was just phenomenal to work with, and she knows her stuff. She used so many different elements in her choreography to bring back from the old school to the new school. She has waacking in there. She has popping in there. She has dancehall in there. She has locking in there. She has hip-hop dance movement. She really is well-rounded and well-versed in dancing. I'm just so happy for her that this breakthrough has come and everyone is recognizing how talented she is. Because on top of that, the girl can sing! She's more than a triple-threat. She's a superwoman. For her to be taking care of her daughter and working at the same time... I loved it. I loved watching it. It was absolute black magic.
"Fade" is a unique blend of deep house and Kanye's ever-changing surrealist hip-hop. Featuring an interesting mix of Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone, the song features very short verses by the three artists and instead focuses on the driving house beat. In addition to borrowing lines from Aaliyah's "Rock The Boat," there are a handful of other interesting songs it samples.
The Life of Pablo is available now through most streaming services.
Teyana Taylor released another crazy music video this week, for her song "Champions."