Kanye West's "Monster" Video: Not Gonna Do Kanye's Public Image Many Favors
Most of the video is spent simply demonstrating the monstrosity of its main characters -- West, Nicki Minaj, Ross, and Jay-Z -- which is accomplished almost solely through the presentation of various dead bodies. Nearly all of them are female, and all appear to have meet their end violently (is that death-by-sofa-cushion in the Jay-Z part?), so we're talking a rather garden-variety horror aesthetic here -- not anything freshly chilling or transgressive.
One highlight: Minaj dominates a pink-haired version of herself for the song's best verse. Cool.
But what we really get from this is more of the feeling that West is a less-brave version of his own monster alter ego -- a being obsessed with appearance and attention, willing to do all kinds of sick and ultimately senseless things to get it. And didn't we kind of already know and/or fear that?