WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2016|
Posted by: Don Saas
If you don't have Tidal (like most of us in this office who refuse to sign up for it on principal) and you refuse to pirate copyrighted material, you probably didn't have a chance to listen to Kanye West's The Life of Pablo until a couple weeks ago when it finally wound up on Spotify/other streaming services. And so if you're anything like us, you're still trying to suss out what your favorite tracks on the record (our early contender for song of the album is the Chance the Rapper featuring "Ultralight Beam"). We're not crazy about the explicit misogyny of Kanye West's "Famous" (made infamous immediately upon release because of the line referencing Taylor Swift) but clearly Aziz Ansari and his Master of None co-star Eric Wareheim felt differently.
Aziz Ansari is currently in Italy shooting the sophomore season of his excellent (read: one of the best shows on TV right now) Netflix original series, Master of None, and he took a break with Eric Wareheim to shoot a ridiculous (and unofficial) video for Kanye West's "Famous." It feels like a low-key parody and homage of the excess of a lot of rap videos (particularly Kanye videos like "N***** in Paris" or "Otis") and we don't know about the rest of you, but there are few things more fun than just watching comedians goof around even if it's in a manner as loose and unstructured as this.
That said, this isn't the best unofficial Kanye West video out there. That title will likely always be held by the video for Kanye's "Cold" from Cruel Summer back when the track was still called "Theraflu." Sadly, this video seems to have finally been pulled from YouTube. But if you can ever find the video with the kid rapping along to the lyrics, it's worth your time.