Kanye West Love Lockdown

Kanye West’s music video for Love Lockdown has received three nominations in the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. The song was premiered at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards and released as the leading single from Kanye’s fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak. The music video was recognised in 2008 as Time Magazine’s Video of the Year, and is now named in the MTV categories of Best Video, Best Male Video and Best Hip Hop Video.

Dancers in Kanye West Love Lockdown music video

Kanye West appears in an apartment, dressed in white in rooms treated to remove all colour, paying homage to Christian Bale’s portrayal of Patrick Bateman in Mary Harron’s 2000 film adaptation of the novel American Psycho. African dancers and drummers (djembe drums) appear in the choruses, responding to the sounds produced by Kanye’s Roland TR-808 drum machine. Two women in particular become more and more vivid, dwarfing other characters in the video.

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Filming was shot by director Simon Henwood via HSI London with producer Hagai Shaham, director of photography Jonathan Sela, and production designer Richard LaSalle.

Editor was Nick Allix at The Whitehouse Post, London.

Post Production was done at Prime Focus London by VFX producer Josephine Simon-Mogensen, Flame artists Dan Lorenzini, James Maclachlan, Flame assistants Chris Chitty, Adam Crocker, Richard Watson, colourists Duncan Russell and Tom Russell.

Download the music video from iTunes, and the Love Lockdown – 808s & Heartbreak (Bonus Video Version)