When Kanye West wanted to turn his single “Power” into a visual, he enlisted artist Marco Brambilla, who was inspired by Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel, to combine motion and imagery to depict a faux historical moment — an empire on the brink of collapse from its own excess, decadence, and corruption, reports Rap-Up.com.
The visual will show “a continuous camera move from extreme close-up of Mr. West revealing an a neoclassical video tableau showing characters and creatures surrounding him in an abstract environment — all moving in extreme slow motion,” says the video’s description.
“It’s a moment of transition for [Kanye],” Brambilla tells the New York Times. “It’s like the end of an empire. It’s him becoming mortal again.”
The apocalyptic video for “Power” is set to premiere on Thursday (August 5) 11 p.m. on MTV, following “Jersey Shore.”