Last Week’s Release of “Flashing Lights” is the Official Version

Andrew Barber

Contrary to many reports from various blogs and message boards around the internets, the “Flashing Lights” video released last week is the official clip. Not a teaser. Not a trailer. I knew the whole “This is just a promo, the real clip will be featured on 106th & Park Tonight” rumor was Media Fakeout material, so I kept my mouth shut. Apparently, ‘Ye did shoot two other versions of the video, only to leave them on the cutting room floor. That explains the Monster Squad-esque photo that was floating around last month.


There’s no dialogue. There’s no performance shot. The clip is just shy of three minutes (no, it’s not a preview for an extended version coming later). And, according to what West said at a Grammy afterparty, “Every piece of the video is me, what I represent now,” he said.

Oh yeah, now to the important stuff…Check out the write-up VH1 did on the true star of the video, Rita G, here. Definitely a fan favorite.

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