Video: Kanye On “Flashing Lights” vs. “Runaway”

“I think there’s a lot of similarity in this and ‘Flashing Lights’ ” West told MTV News on Wednesday after a limited Manhattan screening of Runaway. ‘Flashing Lights’ is my favorite piece of work that I’ve done. The pacing, people are always like, ‘Where is the rest of it?’ But we didn’t have the time or whatever or the money to do the rest of it. But I might do the rest of it, the beginning and the end. Two years from now, I might give you the whole ‘Flashing Lights’ video, put ‘I Wonder’ in it, ‘Say You Will’ and songs that I feel like doing.”

While West didn’t draw a straight line from the conceit of “Flashing Lights” and how it relates to his life then and the premise of “Runaway” and his life now, he stressed their aesthetic similarities, including the dark establishing shot of “Flashing Lights” and the opaque opening of “Runaway.”

“Look at it graphically, how it starts,” he said of “Flashing Lights.” “With the car, the orange sky, the color palettes, the blue sky, the car pulling up with the orange headlights. And just the beautiful women, taking the Helmut Newton type photo and bringing it to real life and crashing it against Jim Henson and George Lucas type whimsy and taking, like, a [Federico] Fellini, [Stanley] Kubrick pacing and a very graphic novel/ comic book type setup on all the shots. There’s a lot of shots that are borderline illegal for a film student. It just breaks rules, because I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.”


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62 Responses to “Video: Kanye On “Flashing Lights” vs. “Runaway””

  1. NEWKIDONDABLOG Says:

    Flashing lights >

  2. WULU Says:

    Oh girl’s tittes in flashing lights >

  3. Troubleshooter1900 Says:

    WULU
    10 mins ago
    Oh girl’s tittes in flashing lights >

    ^That’ll be Rita G. And yes, the body is incredible.

  4. Albert Findsdimes Says:

    Troubleshooter1900 Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:03 am
    AlbertFindsdimes
    1 hr, 29 mins ago
    Guess who got shot in her dome piece/
    Jerome’s neice/
    On her way home from Jones beach

    #cOLDgems
    _____________________
    *daps the guru*

    Ya know what’s funny is I started a word doc with NahRight gems and cOLD has the first one:

    cOLD Says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:55 pm
    With that said, “The Summer’s Mine” couldve been doper. I mean, its dope, but not crazy. It shouldve been crazy
    ^ you never come out with your best punch.
    ^True. Everybody forgets that Nas baited Hov with the Stillmatic freestyle.
    ^ word a light tap, to let you know im in training.

  5. GC aka Chalky White Says:

    This nigga make 40 minute impressionistic movies and stages elaborate ballerina set pieces and name check Fellini and Kubrick… so he can rap the lines “I sent a girl a picture of my dick.”

    Pretentious much?

  6. Albert Findsdimes Says:

    Pretentious much?
    _________
    ayoooo

  7. JihaD Says:

    GC aka Chalky White Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:26 am
    This nigga make 40 minute impressionistic movies and stages elaborate ballerina set pieces and name check Fellini and Kubrick… so he can rap the lines “I sent a girl a picture of my dick.”

    Pretentious much?

    ^^

    Blame the stans, blogs, etc for calling this uneducated faggot a genius. You all created this monster, and now you have to wear the blouse that came with it.

    JihaD

  8. Rey Says:

    “…because I have no idea what I’m doing.”

    Awesome.

    ‘Ye >>

  9. 007 Says:

    Runaway>>>>>Flashing Lights
    But both are awesome

  10. cASHMERE cAVALLI aka sNOWbUNNY sAMPSON Says:

    Flashing Lights > Christian Dior Denim Flow > Runaway

  11. EnglandRepresent Says:

    Fuck Gareth Bale. That donkey-kong lookin ass nigga [ll]. He only got those goals because Inter sat back after smashing the fuck out of your lame team. I’m sure you and the rest of the Yid Twats are watching a DVD of the second half right now…

    But on the real, Bale is a problem. Twitchy needs to keep him at left wing and find someone decent to replace BAE…

    ^^LMAO. I been saying Bale is one simian looking motherfucker. But on the real his first goal was electric, son skinned the whole defence. That left foot is the equivalent of Picasso’s paint brush. lmao @ twitchy. But yep Inter thoroughly battered our defence, they were caught star-gazing, chasing autographs. Have to do better at the Lane.

  12. 007 Says:

    @Jihad
    Y u do Kev like that today…heartless
    Also yes they created a monster

  13. tre Says:

    Flashing Lights >>>

  14. cypher Says:

    Kanye has to be the corniest rapper ever… i mean listen to some of this niggas lyrics, most of his bars are cringeworthy.

    I still listen to his music tho.. not sure why. But as of late ths nigga is feelin himself a little to much. And its startin to annoy me.

    And whats worse when he has his latest meltdown, over some dumb shit a regular nigga wouldnt even sweat.. he’s gonna try to act like he overcame a difficult struggle

  15. cypher Says:

    tre Says:

    ^
    take of yo mask, Dre.. or at least get one that aint clear.

  16. JihaD Says:

    007 Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:44 am
    @Jihad
    Y u do Kev like that today…heartless
    Also yes they created a monster

    ^^

    I was wrong (c) David Brown

    @Cypher

    *daps*

    cBc. (c) Land

    JihaD

  17. 007 Says:

    I swear I refuse to call another man Hov!
    #wheredeyddat@?

  18. els Says:

    Hell Of A Life leaked and its>>>>>>

  19. cypher Says:

    @ Jihad i’m counting down nigga … don’t dissapoint or cop a plea if you dont make the dead line.

    T-10 days

  20. Deen Says:

    ^^LMAO. I been saying Bale is one simian looking motherfucker. But on the real his first goal was electric, son skinned the whole defence. That left foot is the equivalent of Picasso’s paint brush. lmao @ twitchy. But yep Inter thoroughly battered our defence, they were caught star-gazing, chasing autographs. Have to do better at the Lane.

    ^^^^

    I was sure Inter would win easily, but Spurs really disappointed in that first half. The sad part of that game for you guys is that Inter (or some other ‘bigger’ team) is going to offer a fuckton of shekels for Bale based on that performance. Levy will overrule Twitchy and sell the boy. Too bad.

    Inter will win at the lane too. But in a much normal game.

    I hope you got a chance to Phillippe Coutinho. You guys played like shit, but he had a lot to do with that. That kid (age 18) is a problem for the foreseeable future…

  21. cypher Says:

    I swear I refuse to call another man Hov!
    #wheredeyddat@?

    ^
    This… also i wont call a man Baby or stunna, I ignore the Lil in these rappers name,and Puff is Sean Combs

  22. 007 Says:

    I was Lurkxington Steele plus at the gym but I seen the Kev Fiasco poor guy haven’t seen ANYONE get it that bad goodness! He had to be in tears today

  23. b Says:

    Yo fbm said niggas don’t tip, all they do is eat chicken and drink fruit punch.hours later still crying

  24. Albert Findsdimes Says:

    b Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:02 am
    Yo fbm said niggas don’t tip, all they do is eat chicken and drink fruit punch.hours later still crying
    _________
    Lmao. All the while advocating gooch tickling…

  25. peklo Says:

    take kanye out of this rap game and a lot of elements that are dope would get ghost. he’s important to the game. he does error on pretension, but the music is good

  26. Jerry Nice Says:

    Hell Of A Life leaked and its>>>>>>

    ^^^^
    Yea that shit is ill as fuck, you can tell it wasn’t meant to leak though as the chorus is obviously not finished.

  27. JihaD Says:

    cypher Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:54 am
    @ Jihad i’m counting down nigga … don’t dissapoint or cop a plea if you dont make the dead line.

    T-10 days

    ^^

    Huh?

    JihaD

  28. 007 Says:

    And after all that TIP talk hit PF Changs tnite hit em w 20% for my nigga Land
    “There goes ur tip bitch”(c) BFavre

  29. Cypher Says:

    Peklo
    1 min ago
    take kanye out of this rap game and a lot of elements that are dope would get ghost. he’s important to the game. he does error on pretension, but the music is good

    ^
    correction take Kanye out of this rap game some of this rap game and alot of this blatant faggotry goin on with these rappers wouldn’t be so popular

  30. eASTERN_dIGITAL aKA nAHRIGHT'S fANTASY fOOTBALL cHAMP Says:

    Yo fbm said niggas don’t tip, all they do is eat chicken and drink fruit punch.hours later still crying

    ^^^
    shit was hilarious. i almost suffocated trying to suppress the laughter at the library.

  31. Cypher Says:

    Kanye is the Rosa Parks of this fag rapper movement…. Blouse and all

  32. JihaD Says:

    peklo Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:12 am
    take kanye out of this rap game and a lot of elements that are dope would get ghost. he’s important to the game. he does error on pretension, but the music is good

    ^^

    Your out of your fucking mind. He’s an overrated producer and a barely tolerable rapper. He used to be listenable because he had a sense of honesty to his music that was lacking during the apex of gangsta rap, but once the “Louis Vuitton Don” disappeared, so did that guy.

    JihaD

  33. JihaD Says:

    07 Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:15 am
    And after all that TIP talk hit PF Changs tnite hit em w 20% for my nigga Land
    “There goes ur tip bitch”(c) BFavre

    ^^

    This nigga Land says he didn’t tip one time because the waiter said “Merry Christmas”… Thats the type of ether that makes you wanna burn a Quran in the middle of Mecca.

    JihaD

  34. Cypher Says:

    T-10 days

    ^^

    Huh?

    ^
    didn’t y’all say ya gonna release the mixtape on Halloween ?

  35. 007 Says:

    Cosign Cypher
    Kanye is really faggin it up! Hurts cuz I’ve heard I look like this nigga since 02! I swear if he come OUT on this album he really makin it bad for DUB

  36. Albert Findsdimes Says:

    Your out of your fucking mind. He’s an overrated producer and a barely tolerable rapper. He used to be listenable because he had a sense of honesty to his music that was lacking during the apex of gangsta rap, but once the “Louis Vuitton Don” disappeared, so did that guy.

    JihaD
    ________________
    *is Kanye stan*
    *denies*
    *avoids the approaching curb of acceptance*

  37. 007 Says:

    Land n his Breezy da cheapest couple ever no shots
    But heaint even have valid excuses for not tippin

    “Let my niggas live” (c) Rae of the W

  38. Cypher Says:

    Kanye always been a whiny bitch, lamenting the unfairness if the repercussions of his selfish decisions.

    Let’s not forget that niggas fucked up jaw was a result of him drinking and driving…

  39. JihaD Says:

    Cypher Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:22 am
    T-10 days

    ^^

    Huh?

    ^
    didn’t y’all say ya gonna release the mixtape on Halloween ?

    ^^

    Yea, minor change in plans. Speezy (BSG/Don) had an incident that pushed us back. We are actually recording the album project this Saturday and doing a little 5-7 song EP same day until we get the album back. We got a Grammy-Nominated producer/Krossover Entertainment’s official engineer to mix the project for a STEAL, so we are dropping that in November. The EP/mixtape will be out on Halloween.

    JihaD

  40. Deen Says:

    He used to be listenable because he had a sense of honesty to his music that was lacking during the apex of SHITTY gangsta/POP rap

    ^^^

    Fixed.

  41. Cypher Says:

    Matter fact name one hardship in kanyes life that wasn’t caused by his own immaturity

    Car accident – DUI

    His mother dying – failed tit job that HE bought her

    Kizzas

  42. Albert Findsdimes Says:

    I’m still hoping this album is dope, but..

    Replacing the bottom row of your teeth negates a renewed sense of humility.

  43. Cypher Says:

    Kizzas hating him – the nigga running up on a anorexic white hoe during an award show

    Kanye stay fuckin up

  44. JihaD Says:

    Deen Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:30 am
    He used to be listenable because he had a sense of honesty to his music that was lacking during the apex of SHITTY gangsta/POP rap

    ^^^

    Fixed.

    ^^

    Acceptable fix, but I could say that Kanye’s brand of hip-hop officially ushered in this ridiculous brand of hip-pop we have now. Maino’s one moment of clarity came when he said the day Kanye beat 50 in that sales battle, Gangsta rap officially died and every label went looking for the next weirdo in tight pants and too small shirt.

    JihaD

  45. Albert Findsdimes Says:

    With diamonds, that is.

  46. JihaD Says:

    Cypher Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:28 am
    Kanye always been a whiny bitch, lamenting the unfairness if the repercussions of his selfish decisions.

    Let’s not forget that niggas fucked up jaw was a result of him drinking and driving… not paying the Chicago gangs their money.

    ^^

    Fixed.

    JihaD

  47. Cypher Says:

    The EP/mixtape will be out on Halloween.

    ^

    I see… Any chance of you droppin the EP on the Friday or Saturday before Halloween instead?

    Releasing new music on Sundays <<<<

  48. Albert Findsdimes Says:

    Early release of the Runaway video: i3.tinypic.com/6bkzneq.gif

  49. JihaD Says:

    Cypher Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:36 am
    The EP/mixtape will be out on Halloween.

    ^

    I see… Any chance of you droppin the EP on the Friday or Saturday before Halloween instead?

    Releasing new music on Sundays <<<<

    ^^

    Actually, yea, I mean, it will actually be done this weekend, but we wanna get some artwork to go with it. We Will also be premiering 2 songs off the album on Tron's radio show this sunday if your interested.

    JihaD

  50. Deen Says:

    Acceptable fix, but I could say that Kanye’s brand of hip-hop officially ushered in this ridiculous brand of hip-pop we have now. Maino’s one moment of clarity came when he said the day Kanye beat 50 in that sales battle, Gangsta rap officially died and every label went looking for the next weirdo in tight pants and too small shirt.

    ^^^

    And to think that at the time, we all dismissed that shit as a harmless marketing stunt (which it was) not knowing that it would have the most fucked up repercussions over the next few years. If niggas knew, they might have bought 50’s…

    Nah. Niggas don’t buy shit. They don’t even tip.

    And ‘Curtis’ was weak.

  51. Deen Says:

    Peace…

  52. NovemberEnd Says:

    Acceptable fix, but I could say that Kanye’s brand of hip-hop officially ushered in this ridiculous brand of hip-pop we have now. Maino’s one moment of clarity came when he said the day Kanye beat 50 in that sales battle, Gangsta rap officially died and every label went looking for the next weirdo in tight pants and too small shirt.
    ^^^^^^^^
    Gangsta rap had a good run, people just got tired of it. Eventually people will get tired of the emo/swag rap that’s prevalent today and Gangsta rap will make a comeback.

  53. JihaD Says:

    Deen Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:43 am
    Acceptable fix, but I could say that Kanye’s brand of hip-hop officially ushered in this ridiculous brand of hip-pop we have now. Maino’s one moment of clarity came when he said the day Kanye beat 50 in that sales battle, Gangsta rap officially died and every label went looking for the next weirdo in tight pants and too small shirt.

    ^^^

    And to think that at the time, we all dismissed that shit as a harmless marketing stunt (which it was) not knowing that it would have the most fucked up repercussions over the next few years. If niggas knew, they might have bought 50′s…

    Nah. Niggas don’t buy shit. They don’t even tip.

    And ‘Curtis’ was weak.

    ^^
    For real. Now you got man purses, weirdos who spend 10k on weed monthly, pants 2x too tight, Lupe Fiascos, Wales, and Kid cudis… All cuz of Graduation, which was a pretty crappy album compared to the first two…

    Curtis had joints, though, but you could tell 50 couldn’t decide on a direction for the project. Joints like Gun Go Off, Curtis 187, and Officer Down are still >>>>>>>

    JihaD

  54. crash Says:

    Hating will always exist, hater niggas marry hater bitches and have hater kids……. -Kanye West-

  55. fuck boy music Says:

    Seriously why the fuck is everything considered “hate” or “hating” or “hater”

    that shit is so overused and misused…

    need to be taken out of hip hop/rap vernacular…

  56. JihaD Says:

    fuck boy music Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 2:00 am
    Seriously why the fuck is everything considered “hate” or “hating” or “hater”

    that shit is so overused and misused…

    need to be taken out of hip hop/rap vernacular…

    ^^

    This. Apparently, having an honest critique or opinion about something is shunned by the hip-hop community.

    Holla.

    JihaD

  57. Cypher Says:

    crash Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:54 am
    Hating will always exist, hater niggas marry hater bitches and have hater kids……. -Kanye West-

    ^

    What’s with all these fuck in random ass lurkers convinced niggas is hating?

    Everything I say is a factual observation.. For example you should stfu and pop the pimples on you pre-teen face using rusty razors… Faggot

  58. Deen Says:

    crash Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Hating will always exist, hater niggas marry hater bitches and have hater kids……. -Kanye West-

    ^^^

    I took some time off from my nap to say [cee-lo voice] FUCK YOUUUUUUUU [cee-lo voice].

    “If I don’t like it, I don’t like it. That don’t mean that I’m hating…” – Common Sense.

  59. tre Says:

    It’s an interesting thought – if Kanye hadn’t risen to stardom, I wonder if Hip-Hop would have taken such a hipster turn….

    I mean there’s no way Cudi would even be mentioned in hip-hop circles and BP3 probably would have been a very different album.

    On the flip side, John Legend wouldn’t really be known and Common’s career wouldn’t have gotten a second life.

    I wonder if Drake would even be recognized in the hip-hop world (it’s conceivable he would have taken Kanye’s place to usher in the new school)

  60. crash Says:

    Random lurker is such funny statement….some of yall niggas actually think yall run this site gtfoh b with that pimple poping….call out kanye for bitching and then throw fits like females over comments

  61. Nah Right » Video: Kanye West Interview w/ MTV (Extended) Says:

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  62. VEe! Says:

    Albert Findsdimes Says:
    October 21st, 2010 at 12:31 am
    Pretentious much?

    “. . . taking the Helmut Newton type photo and bringing it to real life and crashing it against Jim Henson and George Lucas type whimsy and taking, like, a [Federico] Fellini, [Stanley] Kubrick pacing and a very graphic novel/ comic book type setup on all the shots. There’s a lot of shots that are borderline illegal for a film student. It just breaks rules, because I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.”

    Damn, I respect his passion for art BUT DAMN . . . this is beyond borderline wannabe, poser, pretentious bullsh*t.

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