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Beyonce's "Single Ladies," courtesy of Bob Fosse

Beyonce's "Single Ladies," courtesy of Bob Fosse

Beyoncé Copycat Vs. Gwen Verdon (Choreography by Bob Fosse) from Street Blabber (ex-Urban mag) on Vimeo.

What he may have lacked in decorum, Kanye West made up for with honesty when he stormed the stage at the 2009 Video Music Awards and interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech (people reading this a decade from now will say “Taylor who?”) to announce “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you. I’ll let you finish, but Beyonce has one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!”

When you consider the wide ranging influence of the music video for Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” you can’t deny that in retrospect, Kanye was absolutely correct.

Alternative music video for "Otis"

Alternative music video for "Otis"

OTIS video from j lowe on Vimeo.

Last Thursday Jay Z and Kanye released the highly anticipated music video for the single “Otis” from their new collaborative album Watch the Throne (listen to the stream of the full album here). The video featuring the requisite models and a custom Maybach predictably mirrors the two rappers’ lifestyle of, to quote Thorstein Veblen (and my high school economics teacher would be so proud of me for remembering this), “conspicuous consumption.”

As a guilty pleasure it’s enjoyable, but I’m much more partial to the above alternative music video created by Justin Lowe, that stars two of my favorite childhood characters from the THE ADVENTURES OF MILO AND OTIS (nostalgic high five to those of you old enough to remember this awesome movie). But even if you’re not familiar with it, The Internet should still love this alt music video because it has one thing that The Internet apparently can’t get enough of: Cats.

Kanye music video animated with home-made GIFs

Kanye music video animated with home-made GIFs

KANYE WEST Power (Unofficial) from WE ARE FROM L.A on Vimeo. This music video for Kanye West’s “Power” by We Are From LA created with home-made animated GIF images is genius! I predict this “organic” and “grassroots” technique will be “borrowed” by a creative director for a commercial coming soon to you.

SUNfiltered music videos

SUNfiltered music videos

1. Some big headed pint size kids spit lyrical fire in the music video for “Where You At” by Australian hip hop group Astronomy Class and featuring Vida-Sunshyne & Kween G (KillaQueenz).

Astronomy Class – Where You At? Featuring Vida-Sunshyne & Kween G from Elefanttraks on Vimeo.

SUNfiltered music videos

SUNfiltered music videos

For this weekly entry, be sure to plug in your headphones or turn up your speakers. Here are five buzzy music videos circulating around the Internet that I found catchy and visually stimulating. Enjoy.

1. Popular mashup artist DJ Earworm’s latest includes Kanye’s “Heartless” and The Police, “Message in a Bottle,” as well as some others.