For several weeks, Kanye West fans have been wondering, “What’s he building in there?” We know Yeezy has been filming some kind of movie in Prague, and based on the snippet that was debuted at the VMAs on Sunday, we know it looks arty and involves images of deer and killer explosions, but that’s about it.
On Tuesday, while attending a New York Fashion Week event, West pulled back the curtain a bit more on the mystery project, which, as it turns out, is an epic art piece tied to the song he unveiled at the show, the profanely good “Runaway.”
The typically reporter-shy West told New York magazine that he’s eased up on his always fascinating Twitter action over the past few days because he’s been so busy putting the final touches on the movie.
“I haven’t tweeted much in the past couple days because I’ve got so much to work on,” he explained. “I’m color-correcting this film I shot in Prague a couple weeks ago.” (Kanye had tweeted a week ago, “I want to edit the film on a boat. Where are the good editing boats?”)
Always looking to pull his art off in high fashion, West said the project is a 40-minute film-noir-style movie called “Runaway” that’s based on his upcoming album, whose title he has still not revealed.
“It’s the story of a phoenix fallen to Earth, and I make her my girlfriend, and people discriminate against her and eventually she has to burn herself alive and go back to her world,” he told New York. “I’ve been feeling the idea of the phoenix. It’s been in my heart for a while. It’s maybe parallel to my career. I threw a Molotov cocktail on my career last year, in a way, and I had to come back as a better person.”
Sitting alone, without a security guard, at the Rodarte fashion show, West was apparently feeling chatty after his triumphant VMA performance, also talking to a USA Today reporter about his televised comeback following a year in exile in the wake of last year’s Taylor Swift bum-rush.
“I feel good,” he said just hours before taking the stage at Yankee Stadium during Jay-Z and Eminem’s final gig of their Home and Home series. “It was just such a hard, shell-shocking year. Because there was no bad intent on my part, it’s just more bad timing. It was purely good intent. So to have been dragged through that for a year, it’s just amazing. I mean, I don’t know if it’s over. I’ll probably wear the scar for the rest of my life.”