David Knight - 26th July 2013

Nick Knight's video for Kanye West's superb afro-glam-rock mash-up Black Skinhead is here – following their collaboration on the New Slaves video (presented as a series of 'guerilla' outdoor projections a few weeks ago) and much of the visuals surrounding Kanye's Yeezus album. 

This is, perhaps predictably, an intense experience - and minimal. A CG version of Kanye performs the song against black (after that first shot of KKK-like hoods in black). He's initially lifelike (with more defined abs) and then becomes more extreme and digitally messed-up as it progresses. But the view-only video is just one way to experience Blkkk Skkkn Head. 

The interactive version on kanyewest.com allows you to speed up, slow down and take and share screenshots of the video with a cursor.

On Twitter, a typically bullish Kanye has described Nick Knight's video as "a step towards the possibilities of internet based video" then asking his followers: "please don't diminish the user experience by just posting it as a normal video … please link them to my site."

No problem. So click 'Watch Here' to experience the full interactive version of Blkkk Skkkn Head...

PRO Credits


DirectorNick Knight
Production CompanyPrettybird
ProducerJuliette Larthe
Production ManagerHannah May
EditorCarly Baker
VFX DirectorDrew Arnold
3D Scanning & ModellingKevin Stenning
3D Scanning & ModellingPeter Valkanoff
Motion CaptureDynamixyz & Centroid
CompositorDrew Arnold
CompositorScott Altman
3D AnimatorMaximillion Mallman
3D AnimatorWill Broadbent
3D AnimatorJason Mayo
Focus PullerJeremy Fusco
DITNelson Oliver
DITJay Patel
Art DirectorSimon Foxton
Make-upIsamaya French
Director's RepresentationCharlotte Knight

David Knight - 26th July 2013

Related Content


Kanye West 'Bound 2' by Nick Knight

Following their collaboration on the Black Skinhead video, Kanye West has got back together with über-photographer Nick Knight for the promo for Bound 2 - one of those hip-hop experiments …

David Knight - 20th Nov 2013


Spiritualized 'I'm Your Man' by Juliette Larthe

She has been one of the UK's top music video producers for years, and is the co-founder and executive producer of PRETTYBIRD in the UK. Now Juliette Larthe has made a surprising and …

David Knight - 14th June 2018


Lady Gaga’s Born This Way by Nick Knight

Award-winning fashion photographer Nick Knight delivers a multi-layered visual feast for Lady Gaga's Born This Way - three weeks after the single release. But then Lady Gaga operates in her own …

Jimmy Brown - 1st Mar 2011

Latest News


Anthony Taylor 1958 - 2021

Anthony Taylor, producer of many acclaimed and award-winning commercials, most recently at Kode …

Promonews - 12 days ago


Silence signs to Spindle

Spindle have signed the director known as Silence to the company's directing roster for …

Promonews - 16 days ago