Kanye West Officially Releases “Spaceship” Video

Written by on June 26, 2020

(Editor’s notice: I wrote this back in 2014, as part of our Convey It Again sequence. With as we speak’s information of Kanye West coming full circle with The GAP, in addition to the unveiled preview of an animated Youngsters See Ghosts sequence (which will be seen beneath), I determine I’d as properly briefly reminisce when Kanye was Kanye and never… Kanye.)

There’s a purpose why this tune – an anthem in regards to the common Joe working an underwhelming job and ready for that one likelihood of a lifetime – resonates with me, and it’s not as a result of just like the bajillions of others I can relate to trace six of Kanye West’s main label debut.

In the direction of the tip of Kanye and Def Jam’s Faculty Dropout promotional run, there have been plans that the ultimate single from the album could be “Spaceship.” Slightly bit faraway from faculty (and quite a few, horrible jobs later) I had landed a gig at a prime leisure manufacturing firm (in truth, I nonetheless see a few of my work on tv years after the actual fact), which might in the end become the identical manufacturing firm that was employed to provide the music video for the tune. Director Chris Milk – who additionally directed Kanye’s “All Falls Down” and “Jesus Walks” – signed on to as soon as once more helm the cameras for the video, which might be a literal interpretation of the tune: Kanye, GLC, and Consequence all battle working on the Hole, Esther Baxter stealing from the shop, and a large spaceship blasting off on the finish. For no matter purpose, nevertheless, the whole factor was scrapped (after the video was shot, natch) with the main focus to as a substitute be on Kanye’s second album Late Registration, with the “Spaceship” video slated to be on a DVD compilation of Kanye movies which additionally by no means got here out.

Whereas the entire thing getting canned kinda sucked for me, I used to be ecstatic to see that the video for “Spaceship” finally launch (albeit, coincidentally, through my new employment). I really used to have a replica of the therapy for the video, as this stuff had been all the time left mendacity across the manufacturing studio after the manufacturing was accomplished like most different issues there (hell, I got here throughout just a few Mad Males gadgets there as properly). Alas, I sadly misplaced it together with a number of different keepsakes from the job after I moved to New York (I got here to Harlem with seven bins stuffed with blankets, garments, an XBox 360, a used laptop computer, and roughly $53 in my checking account), as I couldn’t actually afford to carry most of my West Coast life out East. Nonetheless, that’s one thing I’ll always remember or remorse being part of.

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