Most rap stars are content using beautiful, scantily clad, nameless vixens in their music videos.
But Kanye West is always one to outdo the competition.
For his new video, "Bound 2," which premiered on "Ellen" Tuesday, the hip-hop mogul features his fiancée and baby mama, Kim Kardashian, as his co-star in a wild motorcycle ride that plays out like a Western U.S. travelogue meets "Easy Rider" — with frequent makeout sessions.
We can't understate the number of makeout sessions. Believe us, this is not a motorcycle safety video. No helmets, barely any clothes (on Kim), Kanye spending more time eyeing his curvy co-star than watching the road ... we keep waiting for Ponch to pull them over for egregious snogging.
The always subtle (ahem) Kanye is leaving little to the imagination, breaking out clever symbolism to show how he can't be contained; how he and Kim are natural wonders; and how boundless their love is.
Hence, the video opens with footage of snow-capped mountaintops, green forest landscapes, an eagle soaring into the sunrise, white horses running through the wild ... and Kim sprawled atop a motorcycle in a come-hither pose.
Then more scenery. More horses. More motorcycle. More macking. That's pretty much how the whole clip goes for the duration of its 5-minute, 20-second run time.
In an interview with DeGeneres, Kanye explained why he felt Kim was so "awesome."
"She's a person that when I was at my lowest moment, I could get on the phone with her and she made me feel like I was here for a reason and I had something to say," he explained.
While admittedly trying to avoid the "whole jump up and down on the couch moment," Kanye said he also appreciated that Kim had her "own sh-t" and was not a golddigger.
He acknowledged the everyone does not understand their relationship. "People make fun of me for how in love I actually am," he said. "I think people are so cool with their approach to things."
Plus, she looks pretty darn good on a motorcycle.
As for whether his over-the-top musical style and video imagery conflicts with his parenting prowess?
"I'm not concerned about the idea of profanity or nudity," he said. "It's more the messaging behind it. [My daughter] is going to be in the real world. She's going to hear things and see things and I think she's going to be prepared for them."
Just make sure she wears a helmet next time they go out for a family bike ride across the Rockies — OK, Yeezus?
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