Comparing Kanye's Song And Video 'All Of The Lights'

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“Cop lights, flash lights, spot lights, strobe lights, street lights (All of the lights, all of the lights).” We all make mistakes and some we live with for the rest of our lives. We all want hope, but no one wants false hope that leads people into despair, and that is what Kanye is proving to us throughout the song and video. In the music video “All of the Lights” by Kanye West, the producer Hype Williams uses quick edits and shots, font design, color, size and animation to make our heart rates up and feel like we are always entertained while Kanye teaches us the irony of life in the limelight. In black and white, an innocent young girl makes her way to school in the big city. From the camera shot we see it’s likely that she is in a bad living situation and carrying on from her day (00:00:51). At first glance, it looks like the video will be a serious piece, but then the flashing lights come on showing song lyrics and the names of the producers and singers in all neon lights and bold font (00:01:23). The music starts to get louder and then we get our first look at Kanye in the video. He…show more content…
The meaning of the video and song, “All of the Lights” by Kanye West is the irony of life in the limelight. Light is the same thing as hope, while limelight is fabricated and is false hope. In the ghetto, the word on the street is that being in the limelight is good and something that all kids in the ghetto should aspire too. The lyrics say “ can’t let her grow up in that ghetto university” is Kanye’s way of saying to not get caught up in the bad things and teach the kids otherwise. In the middle of the video, you can see that Kanye is standing on top of a cop car in the middle of an ally. The rule of third technique was used to show a good shot of Kanye on top of the car dancing and singing

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