When a postcard announcing the release of a Kanye West project titled "New Testament" hit the Complex offices early this week, the prospect of a new Ye album was almost immediately debunked. Last night we got the final product: a fan-made montage of archived footage, paired with Kanye West interview quotes and the score from Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood." The thirty-minute clip and its deceptive roll-out are a bit trollish, and hasn't been approved or sanctioned by anyone in the West camp. But there are some profound moments: hearing Kanye ruminate on the primal bliss of ripping open a Christmas gift as two toddlers fight over a present like cubs in the wild, or exposing the dark influence of celebrity corporate sponsorship against clips of Lil Wayne drinking Mountain Dew and Common rapping for The Gap. Words, images, and sounds are the ingredients to mythology: amateur media like this only sharpen West's self-ascribed demigod status.
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