Video mashup of epic proportions: Kanye West as Tetsuo from Akira featuring Daft Punk=hip hop-Japanimation-Franco-Italo-House-Disco goodness

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Kanye West’s new video for “Stronger

Akira=one of the touchstones of modern sci-fi/animation/Japanimation.

Daft Punk=one of the best modern music groups especially for their Discovery album.

In this video, Kanye West plays the role of Tetsuo from Akira, with Daft Punk playing the role of video surveillance operators, in a hip hop track with a sample from Daft Punk’s Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.

So that mixes hip hop with 1980s/1990s Japanimation plus French disco/house/italo circa late 1990s/early 2000s. Daft Punk also did their whole animated movie with Leiji Matsumoto of Captain Harlock/Galaxy Express 999/Battleship Yamato/Star Blazers fame.

Mixing a bunch of geek-core stuff–Japanimation, French Italo disco/house–this takes cultural mixing/referencing, sampling to a whole new level–good one, Kanye! Next up: a Just Blaze video featuring Saigon and Transformers???

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2 Responses

  1. oh shit i knew it….i didnt know if i was imagining things or what but yeah….i was watching the video and i had to find out if it really related to akira…..who knos this may influence a live action movie……would be sweet ass……..

  2. There is gonna be a live action movie directed by and Starring Leonardo de Caprio as Kaneda…kinda lame, kinda cool.

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