Kanye West's upcoming album is called My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and over the weekend he revealed part of that fantasy to the world with the feature-length video for his song "Runaway." West stars in and directs the video, which features model Selita Ebanks as a nearly nude, feather-clad phoenix who falls to earth and becomes West's girlfriend. West might have added a little bit of social commentary in his masterpiece as well, since all of the black characters in the video are upper class — and dressed in white — and the white characters are either serving or entertaining the blacks. Or maybe, on second thought, the whole thing just screams "trying too hard." Whatever your thoughts, we promise you won't be able to look away while you're watching — whether you're mesmorized by the haunting ballet sequences or West's wooden line delivery.
Lauren is a former Deputy Editor of The Root.