MTV VMAs 2016: Kanye West Premieres 'Fade' Music Video Starring Teyana Taylor
The 2016 MTV VMAs were filled with story lines, big performances and surprises. Kanye West was given free reign by the network to do what he pleased to give a speech on whatever he desired. The "Famous" rapper went ahead and did that, but he also used the national stage to premiere the brand new music video for his The Life Of Pablo song "Fade." The sultry video stars singer Teyana Taylor and her fiancee, Cleveland Cavaliers player Iman Shumpert.
The video is short but filled with eye-catching choreography and imagery. The first half is filmed in a gym as an oiled up Taylor rolls around the gym in kneepads, a short crop top and underwear. If this doesn't motivate people to get to the gym or go for a run then it will be tough to get them moving.
The second half gets even steamier as Shumpert joins the party and they head into a shower. This get really intimate in there before the pair end on top of each other nude on a weight bench surrounded by sheep. What could be their child is also included in the picture as Taylor transforms into a cat and grows a tail.
The video was directed and choreographed by Jae Blaze who has worked with names like Rihanna, Will Smith and Jennifer Hudson. She spoke to Pitchfork about the filming the video. Speaking on the last, she offered some explanation for why Taylor turned into a cat.
"I think the vision behind that was how amazing Teyana is, and how she's been on the rise, and how she's working, and you are now seeing her blossom into this fierce lioness, this fierce cat. She has worked her way into that, and she's in a great position right now in her life. She has her family," notes Blaze. "She's being held down by her amazing husband. She has a beautiful daughter. You know, the lioness always protects her baby. I think it really is about her coming into her fierceness. And that's where she is in her life right now. She is blossoming."
As one might expect, the video is a TIDAL exclusive. So head to their website to watch the full thing if you are a member.
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