Jay-Z and Kanye West show their charitable side
The usual humility and grace with which rap stars handle themselves is an awe inspiring thing in itself, but Jay-Z and Kanye West have outdone themselves by showing that they don’t think that’s enough and that charity should also play a big part when it comes to promoting their new collaborative album, Watch the Throne.
As part of their music video, for the first single “Otis” from the album, Jay-Z and Kanye “modify” a $400,000 Maybach into a mutated version of itself, moving parts of the car around (e.g. the hood ended up where the trunk would have been, and the doors used as wings fastened to the top back of the car.
Of course this is all done tastefully. Once the modification is complete, the video shows the two rappers drifting in the Maybach, which is shooting flames out of its rear end as it four girls sit laughing and screaming in the back seat. Throughout most of the video the two rappers are singing in front of an American flag; this is pretty apropos as America is well represented in this music video.
Some of you may think that this is a ghoulish display, but you could not be farther from the truth. There are two components to this seeming self-indulgent douchebaggery which make it not only OK, but something that everyone should aspire to. First, the lyrics of the song which seem as if plucked from the pen of Shakespeare. Here is a brief example:
Damn Yeezy and Hov,
Where the hell ya been?
Niggas talkin real reckless: stuntmen
I adopted these niggas, Phillip Drummond ‘em
Now I’m bout to make them tuck they whole summer in
They say I’m crazy, well, I’m ’bout to go dumb again
They aint see me cause I pulled up in my other Benz
Last week I was in my other other Benz
Throw your diamonds up cause we in this bitch and up again
I don’t want to fawn over the lyrics, because I know I won’t be able to do them justice, so I’ll just leave it at that. Second, the mutant Mybach will not go to waste. The car will be auctioned off, and proceeds will be donated to help contribute to the ongoing efforts to feed the starving people in the Horn of Africa.
I am not car expert but my guess is that the auction should bring in at least a couple of hundred thousand dollars, all thanks to the artistic genius of Jay-Z and Kanye. Who else can get such value out of a mangled heap of metal?