"fade" choreographer explains video: the lioness always protects her baby

31 August 2016
While we all expected Kanye West to have his four minutes of (by his standards, relatively underwhelming) free rein, what we didn’t expect to see was a brand new music video. More than that we certainly didn’t expect to see a music video starring Teyana Taylor getting down to some racy choreography in gym before going down on her fiance, Iman Shumpert, in a shower.
Although we’re still recovering from the sexy bits, those don’t need much explaining. What is curious is the final scene which sees Teyana transform into a cat-woman. She leans in on Iman’s shoulder as a baby lays in a manager seemingly made of wool, and all flanked by a fall of lambs. "Kanye, I can't stop saying it, he's just a creative genius," choreographer Joe Blaze gushed as she explained the video to Pitchfork. "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."
Addressing 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 added, "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."
But what about the final scene that’s still got us all scratching our heads? "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."
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