No, it’s not an April Fool’s joke this time — Kanye West’s “Monster” video has finally landed, and it’s as creepy as the unfinished version we spied way back in December suggested. The Jake Nava-directed, partially “Thriller”-inspired video has still got wolf-people and dead (and undead) ladies galore, Yeezy in a particularly unlively (and not at all gay) threeway, hands we’d definitely prefer not to see at a concert, plus Rick Ross and Jay-Z engaged in assorted beastly behavior. But our favorite remains dildo-waving diva Nicki Minaj holding herself hostage, a scene we know Lil Kim must be playing over and over. Watch it below.
Clearly the reason for the delay of “Monster” isn’t because it was being toned down on the gore and disturbing imagery. Even if the vid is ultimately deemed too gruesome for TV (and how could it not be?), there’s no denying there’s a lot of artistry at play here amidst the shudder-inducing visuals.
What do you think of the finished product? Has ‘Ye managed to top the Muppets?