Kanye and Jay-Z have released a video for the thought provoking track “No Church In The Wild” from Watch The Throne.
Just when you thought the hype from Watch The Throne a collaborative album from Kanye West and Jay-Z had settled down – they surprise us by:
a) releasing a video for one of the album’s most critically favoured tracks – “No Church In The Wild” and;
b) announcing that the pair will return to the studio to record Watch The Throne 2. I am ridiculously excited for the release of this album given the success of the original.
The video was filmed in late April 2012 on location in Prague, Czech Republic and was directed by rapper M.I.A.’s favourite director Romain Gavras who shot “Bad Girls.“
“No Church In The Wild” starts off with a rioter lighting up a Molotov cocktail and throwing it at a vehicle of the opposing authority. The video depicts scenes of rioting – what looks like a violent clash between protesting citizens and the police. Once you unpack the lyrics of the song you start to understand the symbolism used throughout the video.
“No Church In The Wild” touches on issues of morality, death, classism and theodicy, the song rejects what seems to be the traditional Abrahamic religions and then brings in some tantalizing mentions of wisdom and deification. It’s more of a statement against church as an organized religion –Jessica Misener
Religion, philosophy and one’s consciousness of self are visually depicted in the video – with the statues of the god’s, the church, scenes of human rebellion and even elements of the wild thrown in – such as the elephant.
When I watch this video and hear the song – I can’t help but reflect on what we would be if we were indeed ‘in the wild.’
Without all that we know of the accepted religions, faith, philosophy which predominantly empower the State and our lives. So much that we have come to know and accept as norms in our Western lives are derivations of all these things.
I interpret the rioters as people rejecting the norms of religion (the church) and philosophy and the police as representatives of the State – trying to suppress and regain control of those who dare to question the ‘known’ or become non-believers.
However, the religious symbolism featured in the song feeds the Illuminati theories concerning Kanye West and other pop icons.
“No Church In The Wild” is yet another demonstration of why Kanye West (with the help of Jigga) is one of the greatest hip hop artists today.
I feel that people get blind sided by his moments of arrogance and fail to see the brilliance of his work. Brilliant because his material is stimulating, stylistic, socially aware, clever and challenges the way you think about things.
In my opinion “No Church In The Wild” as a song and as an artistic visual expression – deserves much praise.
Well done lads. May the Roc be forever in the building.
Watch the music video for “No Church In The Wild” below:
What do you think of Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “No Church In The Wild?”