What Does “Faded” Mean, Mr. West?
By Aaris A. Schroeder
Kanye West suprisingly released, “Faded” (The Life of Pablo) recently and I had the chance to watch it during the VMA’s (Video Music Awards) on August 28. This super strange song and video features emcees Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone. To my amazement, the video was super simple, recording artist Teyana Taylor dancing retro-flashdance style in tiny gym clothes (i.e. thong and sports bra) around a weight lifting machine and then ending with her and her lover and fiance, NBA player, Iman Shumpert, their baby and a bunch of sheep. What does this mean?
For starters, Taylor met West back in ’08 and began to work with him in ’12, when he signed her to his label, G.O.O.D. Music. In ’14, Taylor released her album, “VII,” according to Refinery29. She was also a judge on “America’s Best Dance Crew.”
Jae Blaze, choreagrapher and music director for the video tells PigeonsandPlanes that West wanted to take this video “to the next level” and that it is crazy that people reference “flashdance to 2016,” almost ignoring what the public takes the video as, pure evil and illuminati. If you do not believe me, read Youtube comments about the video that I show below.
“I think the vision behind that was how amazing Teyana is, and how she’s been on the rise, and how she’s working, and you are now seeing her blossom into this fierce lioness, this fierce cat. She has worked her way into that, and she’s in a great position right now in her life. She has her family. She’s being held down by her amazing husband. She has a beautiful daughter. You know, the lioness always protects her baby. I think it really is about her coming into her fierceness. And that’s where she is in her life right now. She is blossoming.” Jae Blaze tells PigeonsandPlanes.
One guess is that after watching a sexually charged video (that West created, lol), Taylor literally takes on what men think of first when they see such a sexy creature, “pussy” and the sheep are the ga-ga, drooley-faced sexist men watching the video. I guess West’s “Jesus Walks” days are long over. Too bad, maybe that means that he is “Faded” too.
I checked into Youtube to see what users thought about this strange video:
What do you think the music video is about? Leave your comments!