Kanye West explains his 'Famous' music video: 'It's a comment on fame'

Kanye West Explains His Racy 'Famous' Music Video in the Most Kanye Way Possible

Kanye West is speaking out on his latest piece of performance art.

The 39-year-old rapper debuted the official music video for "Famous," the first single off his The Life of Pablo album, on a 100-foot screen at The Forum in Inglewood, California, on Friday, and needless to say, fans were shocked, intrigued, and incredibly confused by the very NSFW visuals.

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The provocative video features West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, sleeping and lying naked on a bed next to lifelike copies of George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Taylor Swift, Ray J, Amber Rose, Caitlyn Jenner, and Bill Cosby. Throughout the clip, a night-vision lens pans over the famous faces and their body parts -- tattoos, nipple piercings, and all!

So, what does this mean? West told Vanity Fair it's just "art." In fact, he was inspired by a piece by realist painter Vincent Desiderio titled "Sleep," which some fans pointed out via Twitter during the TIDAL live stream.

According to West, it took about three months to film the video, and he was still making edits less than 24 hours before the scheduled premiere. To keep it top-secret, West only showed his work to a handful of celebrity pals. "Guess what the response is when I show it to them? They want to be in the bed," he revealed.

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PASADENA, CA - AUGUST 23: Kanye West attends the 9th Annual Soul Train Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, August 23, 2003 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Kanye West during Kanye West and Young Gunz London Performance at Elysium at Elysium in London, Great Britain. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Kanye West during Lifebeat's Hearts And Voices Concert Featuring Kanye West, Young Gunz, Memphis Bleek and Allen Anthony at Float in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
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Kanye West during On the Set of Kanye West's Video 'Workout Plan' with Anna Nicole Smith at North Hills Gym in North Hills, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage)
Kanye West during Boost Mobile Press Conference at Shore Club in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Kanye West during BMI Celebrates Urban Music at 2004 Awards - Arrivals and Show at Fontaine Bleau Hilton Hotel in Miami, Florida, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for BMI Music World)
Kanye West and EA Games models (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - DECEMBER 7: Rapper Kanye West poses for photos after receiving 10 Grammy nominations at the 47th Annual GRAMMY Awards at The Music Box December 7, 2004 in Hollywood, California. The 47th Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS February 13, 2005. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - DECEMBER 11: Rapper Kanye West holds up ten fingers to signify his ten Grammy nominations as he attends the inaugural Grammy Jam Fest at the Wiltern Theatre on December 11, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. The event celebrated the music of Earth, Wind and Fire and raised funds for various arts charities. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Kanye West during the 3rd Annual Artist Empowerment Coalition Pre-Grammy Brunch at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 12, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - FEBRUARY 13: Kanye West poses backstage with his awards for 'Best Rap Album', 'Best Rap Song', and 'Best R & B Song' during the 47th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center February 13, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 22: Director Quentin Tarantino watches as singer Kanye West performs onstage at the 4th Annual 'Ten' Fashion Show on February 22, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 11: Rapper Kanye West attends the premiere of 'State Property II' at Clearview Chelsea Cinema on April 11, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
Kanye West performs on Wild N' Out hosted by Nick Cannon (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Jay-Z and Kanye West (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage for Hot 97)
Kanye West during VIBE Music Festival - Day 1 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
Kanye West during Arrivals for Elle Magazine's 21st Birthday at Bloomingdale's in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by M. Von Holden/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 21: (U.S. TABLOIDS OUT) Singer Kanye West makes an appearance on MTV's Total Request Live November 21, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Kanye West during Kanye West Partners with MusicLand to Launch the Free U. College Giveaway Contest at Santa Monica High School in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
Kanye West, winner of Best Rap Solo Performance for 'Gold Digger,' Best Rap Song for 'Diamonds From Sierra Leone,' and Best Rap Album for 'Late Registration' (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage for The Recording Academy)
Kanye West, winner of Best Rap Album GRAMMY for 'Late Registration' (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage for The Recording Academy)
Kanye West with his Brit Award for Best International Male Solo Artist (Photo by Richard Lewis/WireImage)
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Kanye West during 27th Annual One Hundred Black Men Benefit Gala at New York Hilton in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jemal Countess/WireImage)
Kanye West during Kanye West and Donda West 'Raising Kanye' Book Signing - May 9, 2007 at Borders Books in Westwood, California, United States. (Photo by M. Tran/FilmMagic)
Kanye West during Mark Birnbaum, Eugene Remm and Kanye West Celebrate Their Birthdays - Hosted by Fonzworth Bentley - Live Performances by Fabolous, Craig Nice and DMC at TENJUNE in New York City, New York, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LONDON - JULY 01: Kanye West performs on stage at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium on July 1, 2007 in London, England. The Concert falls on the date that would have been the late Princess's 46th birthday and marks 10 years since her death with an event headed by Princes William and Harry to celebrate her life. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Kanye West (L) and Sienna Miller attend at the Burberry Spring Summer 2012 Womenswear Show at Kensington Gardens on September 19, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 09: Kanye West and 2 Chainz at 106 & Park Studio on April 9, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 12: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West watch the video board from their courtside seats as the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Denver Nuggets in Game Seven of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in the 2012 NBA Playoffs on May 12, 2012 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - MAY 10: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian visits The Bay Queen Street to celebrate the Canadian debut of her jewellery line Belle Noel on May 10, 2012 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JULY 06: (Exclusive Coverage) Kanye West performs at Ovation Hall at Revel Resort & Casino on July 6, 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Kanye West attends the Christian Dior Spring / Summer 2013 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on September 28, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 09: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West leaving Hakkasan on November 9, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Jaworski/FilmMagic)
PARIS, FRANCE - JANUARY 20: (L-R) Guest, Lanvin's owner, Shaw Lan Wang, Kanye West and Alex Koo attend the Lanvin Men Autumn / Winter 2013 show at Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux-Arts as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 20, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Costume Institute Gala for the 'PUNK: Chaos to Couture' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Kanye West attends his album listening party at Milk Studios on June 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kanye West attends the Louise Goldin fashion show during MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014 at Milk Studios on September 7, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)
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PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 28: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are seen on the 'Avenue Montaigne' on September 28, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Marc Piasecki/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 27: Kanye West attend the Balenciaga show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2014-2015 on February 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 05: Kanye West performs on stage at Wireless Festival at Finsbury Park on July 5, 2014 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Redferns via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 25: (L-R) Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Balmain show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2015 on September 25, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 01: Kanye West performs during the surprise World AIDS Day (RED) Concert in Times Square on December 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 08: Rapper Kanye West performs at the Lands End Stage during day 1 of the 2014 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 01: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West arrive at the 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala Honoring Quentin Tarantino And Barbara Kruger at LACMA on November 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 31: Recording artists Kanye West performs onstage during DirecTV Super Saturday Night hosted by Mark Cuban's AXS TV and Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan at Pendergast Family Farm on January 31, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for DirecTV)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Rapper Kanye West (L) and TV personality Kim Kardashian attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Kanye West performs at the Rn. 1st Annual Roc City Classic Starring Kevin Durant x Kanye West on February 12, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Roc Nation)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE 40TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL -- Pictured: Kanye West performs on February 15, 2015 -- (Photo by: Theo Wargo/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Kanye West arrives at Dries Van Noten fashion show during Paris Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015/2016 on March 4, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 21: Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West and Amy Schumer attend TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 Most Influential People In The World at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 09: Kanye West performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's 2015 Wango Tango at StubHub Center on May 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images For 102.7 KIIS FM's Wango Tango)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artist Kanye West (L) and TV personality Kim Kardashian attend the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/MTV1415/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Recording artist Kanye West (L) accepts the Video Vanguard Award from recording artist Taylor Swift onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/MTV1415/Getty Images For MTV)
ATLANTA, GA - JULY 25: Kanye West performs at The TM 101 10 year Anniversary Concert at The Fox Theater on July 25, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Thaddaeus McAdams/FilmMagic)
AMERICAN IDOL: Kanye West surprises the Judges and Ryan Seacrest on American Idol by auditioning in San Francisco. Pictured: Kanye West shows off his Golden Ticket on AMERICAN IDOL. AMERICAN IDOL PREMIERES IN January on FOX. (Photo by FOX via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Kanye West is seen with his daughter North West on November 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)

As for how much of the images are real, well, West is leaving most of that up to the viewers' imaginations. He apparently achieved the result he wanted, "[leaving] you guessing as to which of the celebrities are really playing themselves and which are presumably only there by the grace of some advances prosthetic wizardry," the article stated.

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Though West didn't specifically address Swift in the interview, he said the track's most infamous line -- "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous" -- was pre-approved by Kardashian.

"[I say] a lot of lines other wives would not allow a husband to say," he said. "But my wife also puts up photos that other husbands wouldn't let them put up. One of the keys to happiness in our marriage is we're allowed to be ourselves."

In the latest issue of GQ, Kardashian said that Swift "totally approved" the line. Back in February, the "Bad Blood" singer's publicist told ET in a statement that "Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, noting Swift "cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message."

While speaking with VF, West also noted that despite once tweeting, "BILL COSBY INNOCENT !!!!!!!!!!," he is "not in support or anti any of" the celebrities that appear in the video, all of whom he thanked in the end credits for "being famous." "It's a comment on fame," he explained.

While the "Gold Digger" rapper had beef with Bush in the past -- he once stated that the former president did not care about African Americans -- West admitted that he could see the two being pals. "Maybe in some alternative universe me and George Bush could have been friends," he said. "I could have been his O.J. Simpson black friend on the golf course."

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A majority of the celebrities featured in the video have remained silent so far, but Chris Brown quickly took to Instagram following the live stream to share his opinions on West's controversial project. "Why I gotta have the plumbers butt/crack showing WAX figure?" he captioned a screenshot from the video. "This n***a KANYE CRAZY, talented, but crazy."

Aside from Kardashian, none of the stars of the video attended the sold-out event, but the crowd was packed with plenty of West's other famous friends. Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick, Kylie Jenner, Tyga, Kris Jenner, Corey Gamble, The Game, 2 Chainz, Desiigner, and Travis Scott were just a few of the stars cheering and dancing along with the audience.

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"As soon as it was over, everyone applauded and stood up and faced Kanye, who had a gigantic smile on his face," an eyewitness told ET. "The crowd went wild, and West played the video once more, receiving an even better reaction the second time around."

ET has reached out to Swift, Rihanna and Ray J. Ray J has no comment.

As we patiently wait to see what West pulls off next when he kicks off his Saint Pablo tour in August, watch the video below to hear the latest update on the West vs. Swift lyric drama.

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