The song contains an atmospheric, drum-heavy composition, notable for featuring no. Simon Vozick-Levinson of stated that the video should have been more creative and called it offensive, stating that Minaj's appearance was the best part. The production has been described as unnerving, with several tonal shifts in frequency. On one occasion, West performed the track alongside Minaj on the tour, on August 2, 2011 at the in , , as a surprise guest. .
Nitsuh Abebe of declared that Minaj gave one of the best verses of the year. West was annoyed at the leak of the video, and nearly shelved the video altogether. Rap-Up declared the song the third best of 2010. It is unknown if it violated YouTube's policy against showing gory content or if took it down for the same reason. Minaj expressed excitement when approached to collaborate on the song, and she had contributed 32 to the track. The performance was accompanied by Vernon who provided his vocal hook on the song. But all that other stuff fades into the background when Nicki Minaj shows up.
Jay-Z appears in the video dressed in a , standing in front of a nude corpse in a darkly-lit library. Originally released through West's initiative, a weekly free music giveaway he started to promote My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, the song was later confirmed to be featured on the album, and was released as a on October 23. The intro of the song is followed by a brief verse given by Ross, delivered in the rapping style of. The production by West was also widely praised. Ross had the concept of the song explained to him by West, which according to Ross, blew him away in presentation. West's announcement failed to surface however, and the song actually appeared on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and was released as the album's third single.
The video features mostly naked looking models, some of which are decapitated. It's a brilliant visual take on a breathtakingly badass verse, but really, they could've just focused in on her incredible facial expressions and called it a day. The painting became famous for apparently being haunted. Minaj had recorded her lines around four months before the lyrics finally appeared on the song. The track was promoted with a directed by. During his verse, Jay-Z references several different horror characters, including the , , , the , , and.
The intention was to release a free new song every Friday for a few months, and the weekly tracks generally featured various rappers from his label, , and other artists he usually collaborated with. Justin Vernon inexplicably bookends the thing, pushing his into Antony range on the outro and muttering befuddling lyrics that have nothing to do with the rest of the song. She has also rapped her verse on her. West rearranges the bodies of two seemingly dead models in a satin bed. What's artful about images of drugged, unconscious women about to be sexually assaulted? Rap artists left and right are both featured on the song. Select Silver in the Certification field. The song also appeared on the at position 146.
Critics were divided on who had the superior verse out of the two, though Minaj was often cited as surpassing both rappers on the track. West then launches into a full verse. West is a big admirer of Bon Iver's album , and was impressed with Vernon's unique use of. According to her, she literally couldn't have a conversation without quoting a line by him, and it was a dream come true to collaborate with the artist. Justin Vernon's involvement on the song stemmed from being approached by West directly. West's role in the video is similar to , with the video set in a.
She's just that entertaining to watch. The song debuted and peaked on the at position 18. The track features rappers , , rapper , and singer of group. The video features references to horror such as and as well as the supposedly haunted painting. The two talked on the phone for about 40 minutes, where West explained some of the concepts for the project, and invited him down to his studio in Hawaii.
The video has been criticized for its portrayal of women, and the content of the video was described as weird and disturbing in nature. The painting is referenced during a scene in the video where West attempts to hold a door closed, from the monsters outside attempting to enter. She dramatizes the jarring dynamic shifts in the clip by appearing as a fanged torturing a far more innocent version of herself in a neon pink wig and frilly white dress. The had several references to horror films and featured extensive horror imagery, with , decapitated corpses and heavily atmospheric cinematography. Becky Bain of stated that while the song featured five distinct artists, Minaj actually had the brightest appearance on the song. Anderson of gave the song a positive review, complimenting each artist on their contribution.