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Heard 'Em Say
Ian Jay at 4:37PM, Dec. 20, 2005
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My sister has suddenly gotten way into Kanye West. (Yeah, I know. Weird, huh? Considering she's been steeped in a background of country music from my mom and alt-rock from me. She's not into the whole “I'm going to pretend like I'm black” thing, though, which is a major relief.) One of her favorite videos quickly became one of my favorites as well when she showed it to me; it's for a song called “Heard ‘Em Say”.

Apparently the original video was made by some fancypants director named Michael Gondry, at a price of half a million dollars. Kanye didn’t like how it was shaping up mid-shoot, so he called upon Bill Plympton, an independent animator whose shorts Kanye was a big fan of. Bill got one week and the meager scrapings of the rest of the video's budget from MTV.

The result, though, is spectacular, almost like a doodle come to life. And the song is catchy to boot. Kudos, Bill Plympton, for making the music business a little more wonderful. And kudos to Kanye West for trusting this guy enough to throw away a half-million dollar production.

See the video here.

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ccs1989 at 6:17PM, Dec. 20, 2005
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Animation? Why didn't you say so sooner? Well let's see here…

Hmm…Nice. That be olde pencil animation that there is. Original too. Though I'm sure many people won't like it. I gotta agree though, it's admirable.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden
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Terminal at 11:19AM, Dec. 21, 2005
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I too got into Kanye West`s music. I`m not a rap fan or anything. I don`t say, “oh look at me. I`m shot some peoplez, fcuk the cops” or “Sup, hommies. I was just down in the SPC kickin it wit some G`s on the Westside” It`s just that well, His music is so good. It`s not like most of the superifical rap out there. It`s firmley rooted in reality with things you can sympathize. With catchy beats and catchy videos. Kanye West is truley a rapper I respect.

It also takes a man of great courage to stand up to MTV. From Macy`s to animation, kick ass.

.: Myxomatosis :.
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