Film & TV

Kanye West’s New Music Is Already in a Movie Trailer

Film & TV

Kanye West’s New Music Is Already in a Movie Trailer

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Martin Scorsese’s new movie, The Wolf of Wall Street, is a star-packed thrill ride through the excesses of Wall Street that might be uncharitably hashtagged as #WhitePeopleDoingThings because of its extremely monochrome racial makeup. (I counted one non-white character in the first trailer; total screen time was half a second.) That’s not a reactive dig against Scorsese or the movie, which features Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill and some other actors you probably like, but the Caucasian single-mindedness is more noticeable when you recognize the song that opens up the trailer: Kanye West’s “Black Skinheads,” off his (technically unreleased) newest album, Yeezus, and one of the more militantly racial songs he’s ever written. Here, it’s deployed because it sounds kind of like a Gary Glitter song, not because of anything having to do with the actual lyrics. There’s an irony to that, the status quo whispering in ‘ye’s ear: “Rage all you like, we’ll still use your music in whatever context we want.” He’s probably getting paid, at least. The movie itself? It looks like more is-this-a-comedy-or-not power fantasy fare from Scorsese, but we’ll wait to judge.

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