Finally. The long-awaited, much-maligned delay to release Kanye West’s monster jam, “Monster” has finally ended, as the video has officially made it’s way out of the West vault, closing a chapter in an artistic saga dating back to December, 2010, as a preview and then what many suggest was a rough cut of the graphically gory video leaked to the internet, quickly being pulled and stuffed away, leaving the ‘real’ video unseen for months. Until now.
The Kanye West song, which featured fellow musical heavyweights Jay-Z, Rick Ross and Nicki Minaj (with Bon Iver), was a bonafide hit for the superstar, and some argue paved the way for Minaj’s subsequent success, as the ferocity in which she delivered her verse helped prove her mettle as a true spitter, as opposed to a pop-princess. Minaj matched her sonic upstaging with an equally larger-than-life appearance in the video.
After delays, leaks, reversals, more delays and the video supposedly banned from several networks, Kanye West, though his website, simply released the video, offering no apparent reasoning why now, or why this way.
Watch the controversial video below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Worth the wait? Much ado about nothing? Artistic or just kinda nasty?