Kanye West and Jay-Z Prep ‘Otis’ Video Release — Watch
Now that the wait is over for their joint album, ‘Watch the Throne,’ Kanye West and Jay-Z aren’t wasting time in serving the masses with an accompanying visual to one of the effort’s most talked about and critiqued tracks, ‘Otis.’ The esteemed rap duo will premiere the single’s video on MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV.com and BET on Thursday (August 11) at 8:56PM EST/PST, just three days after the LP’s release.
While ‘H.A.M.’ kicked off hip-hop enthusiasts’ interest in the project, ‘Otis’ serves as the lead track from The Throne’s — the new group name West and Hov refer to themselves as — album. The pair have released a teaser clip for the visuals, which features billows of smoke, studio sessions and pyrotechnics.
Shot in both black-and-white and color, the Spike Jonze-directed video finds Jay and ‘Ye clowning around on a rooftop, the latter playfully pushing the Brooklyn rhymer out of the camera’s view so he can take hold and scream into the lens. The only splashes of color shown throughout the clip come near the end, as the two, dressed in white tops and dark bottoms, appear in front of a red, white and blue American flag.
‘Otis’ is built upon Otis Redding’s famed track ‘Try a Little Tenderness.’ ‘Watch the Throne’ was released exclusively to iTunes on Aug. 8 and will be available at Best Buy Aug. 12.