Last night during his segment of the VMAs, Kanye West premiered the video for "Fade," the Ty Dolla $ign and Post Malone-featuring track from The Life of Pablo. The video stars G.O.O.D. Music signee Teyana Taylor, and it starts with her doing a dance routine in a gym. The video, which is a particularly sweaty looking affair, finishes with a shot of her as a lioness naked alongside her fiancé Iman Shumpert.
Needless to say, many people were confused with the finale of the video, but fortunately Pitchfork spoke with Jae Blaze, the choreographer and artistic director behind the video, and she was happy to elaborate on what the video means. Asking what Kanye's role in the video was, she explained, "Kanye, I can't stop saying it, he's just a creative genius." She continued, "When he came in, he told us, 'I like this particular move, but I want to take it to the next level. Show me what you can do on top of this move.' He has something specific on his mind, as a visionary. And we have to translate that onto Teyana's body."
Speaking about the Flashdance comparisons, she said, "You know what the funny thing is? Everyone is just referencing Flashdance, and that is a great conversation to be in because the movie was epic." She continued, "I mean, she just took Flashdance to 2016, if you want to put it like that. She brought it to a generation of some people who many not have even seen the movie before! She made it relevant and current right now. Her body is amazing. Her dancing was amazing. She's just a beast. All in all, it just came together really well."
Finally, she explained what the striking final shot of the video is about, saying, "I think the vision behind that was how amazing Teyana is, and how she's been on the rise, and how she's working, and you are now seeing her blossom into this fierce lioness, this fierce cat. She has worked her way into that, and she's in a great position right now in her life. She has her family. She's being held down by her amazing husband. She has a beautiful daughter. You know, the lioness always protects her baby. I think it really is about her coming into her fierceness. And that's where she is in her life right now. She is blossoming."
Read the full interview here, and watch the video below.