Kanye Jocks Daft Punk Jocks Edwin Birdsong
July 3, 2007 12:12 AM   Subscribe

New Kwest combining Daft Punk and Akira. Can you hear the Birdsong? (via Digg)
posted by Rubbstone (49 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Well that was absolute garbage.
posted by ageispolis at 12:27 AM on July 3, 2007

Needs more giant melting mutant baby.
posted by lekvar at 12:28 AM on July 3, 2007

posted by subaruwrx at 12:29 AM on July 3, 2007

The Edwin Birdsong link isn't working for me. For those who didn't know, Edwin wrote the hook that Daft Punk lifted for there track "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and that Kanye West has sampled for his new track. Edwin's track is called "Cola Bottle Baby".

Oh, and this Kanye West track is shite.
posted by davehat at 12:33 AM on July 3, 2007

I didn't remember a single scene from the Akira clipfest. I didn't think it had been so long since I had seen the movie.
posted by stavrogin at 12:46 AM on July 3, 2007

maybe this works
posted by Rubbstone at 12:54 AM on July 3, 2007

Fuck it I like it , His rap on top is shit but it was never really meant to be good his rap coincides with the daft punk sample voices undcrneath in some some really cool ways. I like how he slowed it down and doubled the beat and the use of the repeated "never over" in places is hot.
posted by Rubbstone at 1:02 AM on July 3, 2007

Is there anything or anyone Kanye West won't rip off?

He's the new Puff Daddy....absolute unoriginal dreck.
posted by GavinR at 1:08 AM on July 3, 2007 [2 favorites]

Isn't it ironic how ironic it is?
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 1:12 AM on July 3, 2007 [1 favorite]

I was disappointed he didn't copy more from Akira and do something shot-by-shot, like this Korean music video did with Final Fantasy Advent Children.
posted by bobo123 at 1:18 AM on July 3, 2007

I love the YT comments:

` Kaneda doesn't care about black people '

` he rhymes "front" with "front", and "plans" with "plans." man's a fucking genius. '

Hilarious, but I liked the video, anyway.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 2:48 AM on July 3, 2007

This just sounds like a barely-competent mash-up produced by a stoned teen. Which presumably means that the inevitable imminent barely-competent mash-up of it and something else will be amazing. Or something.
posted by jack_mo at 3:18 AM on July 3, 2007

previously, better video.
posted by progosk at 3:25 AM on July 3, 2007 [1 favorite]

Eh, Edwin Birdsong probably stole it from Zapp and Roger or something.
posted by tehloki at 3:35 AM on July 3, 2007

Is there anything or anyone Kanye West won't rip off?

He's the new Puff Daddy....absolute unoriginal dreck.

Ok so lets see here- Daft Punk Samples Edwin Bird Song and uses
chicago disco/ filter house as a blueprint and they are not rip offs? Kanye West is merely reappropriating the sound and sample - with Daft Punk's blessing.
posted by yertledaturtle at 3:43 AM on July 3, 2007


This just reminds me of this awesome fan made Daft Punk video. And proves you don't need lots of money and cgi to make a good music video.
posted by slimepuppy at 4:02 AM on July 3, 2007

Slimepuppy, Progosk just linked that.

Sorry Rubbstone, liked the original Daft Punk better. I'll give it another listen later when I'm less grumpy though.
posted by BrotherCaine at 4:37 AM on July 3, 2007

I'll give the video this: The YouTube comments below are even weirder than usual. "Kahnay B missin da poin. E shun burra ivvy dunno wer iz cahm frahm. Jus sain." What does that mean? Seriously, I want to know.
posted by soundofsuburbia at 4:44 AM on July 3, 2007

Saw Daft Punk in Hyde Park last month - they were awesome...
posted by runkelfinker at 4:54 AM on July 3, 2007

"Kahnay B missin da poin. E shun burra ivvy dunno wer iz cahm frahm. Jus sain."

Kanye is missing the point. He shouldn't borrow if he don't know where it's coming from. Just saying.

Just saying.
posted by Ian.I.Am at 5:01 AM on July 3, 2007

"Kahnay B missin da poin. E shun burra ivvy dunno wer iz cahm frahm. Jus sain."

Kanye be missing the point he shouldn't borrow if he don't know where it came from. Just Saying
posted by Rubbstone at 5:01 AM on July 3, 2007

Thanks, both of you!
posted by soundofsuburbia at 5:01 AM on July 3, 2007

I prefer this remix by Mano
posted by empath at 5:36 AM on July 3, 2007

Dig it. The whole point of this genre is to reappropriate, take it somewhere new. Can't stand the Daft Punk track, slowing it down and adding the second beat make it much more enjoyable. He's not a great rapper, but it's the production that I enjoy.
posted by cavalier at 6:27 AM on July 3, 2007

D'oh. Had no idea The Deft Hands of Daft Punk had featured on the blue. Live and learn.
posted by slimepuppy at 6:44 AM on July 3, 2007

Needs more Yamagata.
posted by fidgets at 7:04 AM on July 3, 2007

Yeah, I think Kanye knows exactly where it came from, considering he got permission to use the sample. Der.

Taste, on the other hand, is subjective. I like it, but not too much. It's more of a novelty than anything else. Plus the anime shit is annoying as fuck.
posted by grubi at 7:48 AM on July 3, 2007

As far as shot-for-shot, there's a few scenes that are well-done. Well, there's the bit from when Tetsuo was in the govt scanner machine, the one with the big rings mounted on robot arms. They used that a lot in the video.

There's the bit from Tetsuo breakin' out the hospital. This is from about 2:15 in the video up till about 3:00. Of course, in Akira he does this twice... The first time is bloodless, when the nurse comes to his room and finds him gone. The second time is when he smears the Doctor and attendant all over the hallway. The video here mashes both of those together along with the scene with the military guys in the hospital corridor, which is from when Tetsuo was trying to enter room A-1 where the project "kids" hang out.

There was the visual homage of the motorbikes leaving trails, and some generic Japanese street scenes that one could say are similar to shots from Akira. That's about all I could pick up in the youtube-quality version. I watched it about 4 times in the name of science. Anyone see anything else I missed?

For another video that tips the hat to Akira, check out Paulina Rubio's "Don't Say Goodbye". While not identical, the motobike is clearly inspired by Kaneda's bike in Akira. She's got the red suit on, and she lays it sideways and skids to a stop, similar to this shot. Too bad she rides it like a crotch rocket instead of a chopper.

Credentials: I am a huge Akira fan. I've watched it hundreds of times.
posted by BeerFilter at 8:20 AM on July 3, 2007

posted by cobra_high_tigers at 9:06 AM on July 3, 2007 [1 favorite]

posted by tremspeed at 9:15 AM on July 3, 2007

bobo123, that video was really cool. Thanks for the link, I hadn't seen it before.

Inevitable that the youtube commenters mistake it for "plagiarism".
posted by voltairemodern at 9:49 AM on July 3, 2007

Man, how awfully terrible.

On using Akira - I can't stand it when someone combines banal lyrics and subject matter with something of a completely different context, not to mention vastly more sophisticated, relative-like. This kind of crap is the worst of the worst.

I don't care about the plagiarism as much as his poor taste. Given such great source material both musically and theatrically, he dropped the ball.
posted by MvE at 10:23 AM on July 3, 2007

Fuck all of you. That was amazing. I'm basically ready to throw my money at whoever made that video.
posted by Tlogmer at 10:56 AM on July 3, 2007

Right on, BeerFilter. Akira = old school love for me.

I think I spent one winter curled up on a couch with it on a looping VCR back in the late 90's.

In fact, I even have the original soundtrack loaded in my iTunes, which I listen to quite often (especially the last track called Requiem).

Was kind of disappointed in the video. I wanted more. But I will be, eh, re-appropriating the good CG bits and effects shots from this video for, um, personal use. Yeah, that's the ticket.
posted by daq at 11:00 AM on July 3, 2007

Saw Daft Punk in Hyde Park last month

Daft Punk is playing at my house.
posted by eddydamascene at 11:04 AM on July 3, 2007

It's a cool idea, but the song is lacking any weight of its own, just doesn't really go anywhere, whereas the sources had very specific things to say, IMHO.
posted by bullitt 5 at 11:16 AM on July 3, 2007

It's too bad kids today won't get that "Holy Crap Am I Actually Seeing What I'm Seeing?!" experience from watching Akira the first time. Anime is everywhere now.

When I saw Akira for the first time, it was like something from another planet to me. I watched it 3 times in a row, and nearly wore the tape out eventually.
posted by empath at 11:43 AM on July 3, 2007

I'll second that, empath. The first time I saw Akira it was like getting hit between the eyes with a hammer made of love.
posted by lekvar at 12:18 PM on July 3, 2007

House music is back? I didn't that memo.
posted by StarForce5 at 12:19 PM on July 3, 2007

I think I'm going to have to go back and listen to the Kwest track again, 'casue I was too busy watching the video. There's a lot abot the video that struck me as interesting, beyond the Akira homage. The style, from the low-tek video stutter to the little hopping dance that Kanye does, to the shutter-shades he's wearing all hearken back to the early days of MTV and the 80's in general. I'm kinda curious who's idea that was.
posted by lekvar at 12:22 PM on July 3, 2007

some more opinion/analysis.
posted by progosk at 12:31 PM on July 3, 2007

Agreed, Empath, Lekvar.

I doubt kids today get any sort of Akira-like feeling from watching the Pokemon movies, or whatever that stuff is on Cartoon Network -- Bleach?

Our generation rocks.
posted by ELF Radio at 1:07 PM on July 3, 2007 [1 favorite]

This thread reminded me to go watch the Akira DVD I bought a few weeks ago. I'd had the old version for a long time, but I finally bought the one with the new audio script. Good stuff. It makes a lot more sense now.
posted by jiawen at 3:18 PM on July 3, 2007

Eeeeeexcellent. I do love Kanye: his videos, clothes, arrogance, music. All are on top form 24/7, and there's nothing much anyone can do to detract from them. Love that video, especially how visually solid and informed it is.
posted by saturnine at 3:43 PM on July 3, 2007

I'm in the distinct minority, but I like Kanye's rapping. I have to give him some points for actually trying to rap about something sometimes. And yes, a lot of the time, he is rapping about bankrolls, clothes, and hos, but when he doesn't, he has some great things to say and some reasonably good flows to do it with. He doesn't attempt rapping styles that he isn't good enough to pull off, and I appreciate it.

This song is a long way from that, and I'm disappointed.

If you are ready to reply to this with a "Kanye sucks," try listening to a track like "Family Business" off College Dropout.
posted by rachelpapers at 7:14 PM on July 3, 2007

I think this is all tied into Bathing Ape and Nigo. He has a Japanese rap supergroup called Teriyaki Boyz, and Daft Punk produced their first single (an excellent song!). Kanye West featured on another of Teriyaki Boyz' singles produced at the start of the year (pretty poor in comparison).
posted by Deconstruct Now! at 9:11 PM on July 3, 2007

posted by chunking express at 11:24 AM on July 4, 2007

posted by tehloki at 10:37 PM on July 4, 2007

Hurf durf I'm a dead meme
posted by tehloki at 10:37 PM on July 4, 2007

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