Jay Z and Kanye West just released their video for “No Church in the Wild.”
After being released for mere hours, the YouTube vid has already accumulated more than 250,000 views.
And there’s a pretty good reason for it. The music video, directed by French director Romain Garvas, starts with a man throwing a molotov cocktail at police, inciting a riot on the streets of Prague.
The video also involves Greek statues, the rioters getting hosed down, green lasers and fireworks.
The song begins with the lyrics:
“Human beings in a mob. What’s a mob to a king? What’s a king to a god? What’s a god to a non-believer? Who don’t believe in anything? We make it out alive. Alright, alright. No church in the wild.”
Throughout the video the rioters continue to throw molotov cocktails and even set a police car ablaze. The fighting between the cops and the rioters does not subside as the five-minute video continues — it gets more violent.
The song ends with, “Who was rubbin’ the wood like Kiki Shepard. Two tattoos, one read No Apologies.’ The other said ‘Love is cursed by monogamy.’ That’s somethin’ that the pastor don’t preach. That’s somethin’ that a teacher can’t teach. When we die, the money we can’t keep. But we probably spend it all ’cause the pain ain’t cheap.”
The director does not make it clear who wins the fight in the end, but instead finishes the video with a male elephant standing on its hind legs.
Elephants represent many different things. For example, in the East they symbolize royalty, energy and strength and white elephants stand for patience and wisdom. But in America, the elephant is the symbol of the Republican Party.
Why do you think Romain Garvas ended Jay Z and Kanye West’s video with an elephant?