Video: Jay-Z & Kanye West – ‘Otis’

Kanye West and Jay-Z

All hail king “Otis.” Jay-Z and Kanye West get the adrenaline pumping in the video for the Otis Redding-sampled single from their hot-selling album Watch the Throne, which is expected to move over 500,000 copies in its first week.

Directed by Spike Jonze (Where the Wild Things Are), the feel-good visuals show a lesser-seen side of the hip-hop heavyweights, laughing and having a blast as they chop up a Maybach (don’t worry, they’re donating proceeds to charity), set off fireworks, and go for a joy ride with some fine females. Comedian Aziz Ansari even joins the fun. We want in.

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90 Comments

  1. Cheers

    well…. :/

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    Ant Reply:

    @Cheers, Well what? this is a perfectly fine video

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    Cheers Reply:

    @Ant,
    Oh the song sucks ass v_v

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    @Yaser Lad Reply:

    @Cheers, I just think It’s one of the realist hip-hop video’s out in a long time! But This Video has set the bar in Hip-Hop to just be real in your videos!

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  2. DJ

    Looks like their just having fun with this video!

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  3. jeremydante

    i want the american flag single art hella big like how they got in the video. love, love, love this album.

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  4. alaina

    i like the car & when jay z dragged his hand on the ground and make sparks ! #Fye.

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  5. ThankMeLater

    Haha I’m liking it!

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  6. Wellingtopher ChrisBrownWeb

    Move Trash -.-’

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  7. SoulMusic&WhiteGirls

    Using white girls as a backdrop to soul music…I don’t know. I guess are they trying to say white girls are the American Dream? Where is the sista? #coonasses

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    awsum Reply:

    @SoulMusic&WhiteGirls, who cares what race they are? and this isn’t soul music… it’s hip hop.

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    Mr Xclusive Reply:

    @awsum, its soul

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    awsum Reply:

    @Mr Xclusive, well whatever it is… race is not a factor

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    meme Reply:

    @SoulMusic&WhiteGirls, i aint gonn a lie i felt some kinda way seein those 4 white chicks in the back of that car. they cud have thrown a black girl in the mix. the girls were pretty tho

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    Joyams Reply:

    @SoulMusic&WhiteGirls, racial stuff…dumb

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    Lisa Reply:

    @SoulMusic&WhiteGirls, you’re focused on the wrong stuff. There was a black girl and white women and soul go perfectly together. Teena Marie, anyone? It’s just a music video. If anything, they’re going to use attractive women, so should all unattractive women feel offended, too? This racial issue in hip hop is really an on-going debate and it has to stop.

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  8. roller 22

    Snap backs are now officially next level cool. If Jay is rocking em, you know they gon oversell out crazy

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    Ian Reply:

    @roller 22, tyler the creator rocks it best

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @Ian, Tyler doesn’t wear snap-backs . SMH . They’re throwback baseball caps .

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  9. 106

    Most fun I ever seen jay having. What was that a mini batmobile?

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  10. Jfenty

    Jay-z looked like he was havin such a good time, and all this time i thoght he had no personality! #Watchthethrone

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  11. Phoenix_Wright

    YAH YAH OOH NA NA NA! looked like fun

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  12. bebe/jayfannn

    LOVE IT DAMN JAY LOOKN EXTRA FINE LOL

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  13. The Throne

    LOVE IT!

    *waits for the ridiculous illuminati comment*

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  14. michelle

    fall back haters, throw ur diamonds up cause we in this bitch another gain, the girls could have been blue and haters would have complained, guess what WTT is #1 in 23 countries on itunes, and expected to sale 500,00 copies in its first wk #whomad bwahahahahaha cant wait for the WTT tour, something on the radio other then Dizzie, Ross, and that over rated Wayne

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  15. SiSQo

    Loving the album!!! Been playing it non-stop for the past 2 days :)

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  16. jordan

    oh maaaaaaaaan. They killed this shit. What more can I say ?

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  17. PrinceSmooth

    :) great to see Ye smiling !

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  18. shay

    Chopping up a Maybach Benz and converting it into a derby cart = Priceless

    Being considered the top echelon of Hip-Hop with your “brother” = Priceless

    Being filmed driving that derby cart around an empty hanger celebrating the fact you are the top echelon of Hip-Hop… and that you’re filthy fucking rich = Priceless

    Fucking priceless.

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  19. WTTYungins

    Luv’d it. Simple & Fun. Hot album….I expected it.

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  20. Cudder

    Gaynye & Gay-Z

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    awsum Reply:

    @Cudder, well that was lame

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    PrinceSmooth Reply:

    @awsum, gayest joke ever tbh

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    YUNG Reezy Reply:

    @Cudder, your name is even more lame

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    Real Issh Reply:

    @YUNG Reezy, Lmaoooo “Cudder” Tf ?

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  21. AaronMichael

    Definitely like the song more than the video. I was expecting a lil bit more but looks like they had fun doing it.

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  22. awsum

    fun video… are those stars on that American flag? those don’t look like stars… o_O

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    Mr Xclusive Reply:

    @awsum, what is your IQ level?

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    awsum Reply:

    @Mr Xclusive, pretty high. now leave me be.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @Mr Xclusive, they didn’t look like stars to me either… Has nothing to do with an IQ level, just answer the question or stay quiet.

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    awsum Reply:

    @Lisa, yes… thank you.

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  23. Matt C.

    The video’s ighht, nothing bad or special about it. I love the song.

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  24. Shaniqua :)

    I Am so impressed (not surprised) BOTH MY FAV RAPPERS ! Omg this album is such a masterpiece ! This album was everything I expected it to be like omg .

    I’m glad my mom bought it for me on itunes ! Now I just need to buy the copy in stores !

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  25. Haters Stay Pressed

    Um….it was cute. Mostly the two of them just goofing around & having fun. Like someone said earlier this is the first time I have seen Jay smile & actually look like he has a personality.

    The car was dope too. Other than that, nothing really happened.

    Jay really needs to keep his camel looking ass out of the camera though.

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  26. JHP

    Cool to see em enjoying themselves, nice video, made me like the song even more! And then the CD drops in CD format 2mrrw, I think they could possibly do 600k-700k after that, along with this video. Might be reaching too far, but we’ll see

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  27. ganiyu yusuf olatunji

    Das video ist gut,wunderbar aber das ist zu teuer

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  28. Joe

    Rappers are incapable of writing their own melodies. Kanye hasn’t heard a track it didn’t want to sample.

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  29. meme

    now thats one incredible lookin video. very very kool. picture is super clear too

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  30. >

    nice.

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  31. Kayla

    I loved it! It was simple yet wonderful all at the same time!Jay and Kanye were just being themselves!

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  32. CITY

    @JOE…TRU SHYT..BUT WAT DOES THAT HAVE 2 DO WITH THE VIDEO….SHOUT OUT TO THE DIRECTOR!

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  33. Ice

    The video really made me appreciate the song more, I LOVED IT! They look like they had a great time filming it, that’s a close friendship right there.

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  34. MR. FRANKIE

    its a crazy fun video, nice 2 c something dfrnt

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  35. slick

    jay z is wack as hell!!!!!!!

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  36. tpm

    can i say anything … they got the trone , hehehehe

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  37. UCHE THA KOKOMASTER

    never seen jay-z in dis playful mood b4. ye and jay were acting more like em and royce in fastlane video.

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  38. eric

    Flop

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  39. Natalia

    Good job .:)

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  40. Yeah

    Aziz Ansari!!!

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  41. :o

    Love the video, song not so much

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    TDOT Reply:

    @:o, Watch Baby try to top Jay and blow up a Bugatti or something in a video lol

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  42. bknyhustle

    the white girl thing is played. it’s 2011, no one is impressed

    ni99as been had snow bunnies.

    show me a backseat full chocolate and caramel, b

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  43. Lisa

    It almost looks as if they speeded up the verses when recording the video, so that they could add this slowmotion-effect when the original speed was played for the final cut.
    It was a fun, simple but solid video. They did it.

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  44. Jay

    This video is cool. Watch The Throne will go down as one of the best albums of the year!

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  45. Rachel

    I hate seeing white girls in hip hop/rnb videos… and I’m not even black.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @Rachel, that’s stupid. Why would you hate that? Hip hop has no colour.

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  46. Hugh

    This is amazing.
    I smiled the whole time!

    Never seen Jay and Ye have so much fun.

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  47. caz

    its good and there actually having fun just shows how REAL they are!!

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  48. Kevo #TeamKimmyBlanco

    love it….two of the best….Watch The Throne

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  49. Dopeness

    GREAT SONG, GREAT VIDEO.

    Nice to see both legends smiling and having fun.

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  50. fan of a fan

    i love the video :D

    this is the first time i’ve seen jay z and kanye smile

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  51. corey

    i like it ;)

    it seemed like an authentic hip hop vid and reminded me of how vids use to be….these two are SERIOUSLY on another level

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  52. OUTRAGE OUTZILLA

    I wanna be in that video especially in the backseat with the ladies

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  53. Stre3t Danc@

    #WTT runnin shit!

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  54. rnb

    cool
    but thy sapled ‘try a little tenderness”. that’s a shock for me…..

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  55. STACE FACE

    this video is Blah…nothing special at all.

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  56. D-Bad

    this vid is all fun n games .. Jay Z is always serious but not in this vid :) luv it

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  57. theREAL.

    yeah Ye is a genius and Jay is… a’ight, but there’s nothing special about this video. Honestly, If this wasn’t the “Otis” video and the two dudes were some unknowns, this shit would fall flat. What we have here is a bunch of hype and big names for appeal. recognize the real.

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    Lisa Reply:

    @theREAL., I don’t agree with you. If anything, these two men have to live up to people’s expectations. Just because a music video is simple, does not make it lame. They didn’t try too hard… And it turned out to have some nice visuals.
    It’s not a mindblowing music video, but it’s definitely better than some of this other nonsense that I’ve seen lately.

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    theREAL. Reply:

    @Lisa, They don’t have to live up to anything. Or they shouldn’t anyway. If you’re good, you’re good. Both are good but all the publicity and hype is because it’s Jay & Ye, not unknown nigga #1 & unknown nigga #2. No one would even be checking for this vid…

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    Lisa Reply:

    @theREAL., do you mean that as in that they’re unknown, therefor, no one gives a damn whether they release something or not, or as in that you thought this video was so bad that they would’ve gotten worse reviews, but now everyone loves it, just ’cause it’s Jay-Z and Kanye?

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    theREAL. Reply:

    @Lisa, the 1st option & the vid could’ve been better, it’s mediocre to me but i didn’t have to fund it so its whateva…. lol

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  58. haha

    LOL @ at this video

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  59. ok

    Who gives a flying fuck if they were white, get over it. Jay z married a black women and kanye was engaged to a black women. Its not like they had 2,000 White girls in there video they were just having fun!! #Prejudice #thatisall

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  60. jordan

    Cant stop myself. I watch this every 10 mins ! Kanye > everyone . Jay is awsome

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  61. J.Cameron

    This video reminds me of Diddy and Mase back in the day just with better flow.

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  62. AuroraB

    I don’t really like this song or the video. I find it funny that when their rapping about supermodels they have white women and when their rapping about hoes they have black women it’s just not right and maybe it wasn’t intentionally.
    If a Jay Z video had women in it (which all of them did) they were always black. So just because to collabarate with Kanye West does not mean you have to change your ways.
    Not only the song I didn’t really like the album. Jay Z has albums 10 times better than
    this and so does Kanye. I don’t think that they put as much work as they should’ve into it.

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  63. Shibboleth

    …btw, there is a sista in the video, she is the second one from the left.

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