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Director Marco Brambilla said his intention was to create a video “portrait” that would “visualize power … to do a portrait of what power would look like in a sort of timeless way.”

We spent way too much time studying what feels like a trailer for a larger piece of conceptual art and broke down the imagery in the video. If it’s been a while since your last art history class, get ready to go to school:

Dragonlance: An image of a sword descending into a crown hovers over Kanye’s head, bringing to mind Volume Two of Douglas Niles’ series “The Crown and the Sword: The Rise of Solamnia,” in which Sir Jaymes Markham commands the orders of the Rose, Sword and Crown.

M.C. Escher’s “Waterfall”: The Dutch artist famous for making eye-popping images in which gravity and space were twisted into pretzels sketched an image in 1961 in which the water at the base of a waterfall appears to be flowing uphill against gravity before reaching the top of the fall, much as the water pours towards the sky out of two urns held by maidens in the Kanye clip.

Chiaroscuro: The monochromatic clip plays with this Renaissance style of painting, in which the artist used sharp contrasts between light and dark to highlight the drama on the canvas. Often, unseen sources of light would illuminate the subjects; in the clip, Kanye appears to have an inner glow that manifests in his eyes and the sword and crown above him cast a light on the entire scene.

Jean-Leon Gerome: The French painter known for his love of historical painting with Greek mythological themes created an image entitled “Head of a Woman with the Horns of a Ram,” which is not unlike the albino-like female figures sprouting long, pointy horns who frame ‘Ye.

“House of Flying Daggers”: Though he’s transposed the action from China to ancient Greece, Brambilla might be paying homage to the 2004 action-romance “House of Flying Daggers” with the scene at the end of the video, in which two combatants are flying through the air in mid-sword fight as white bursts of light fill the screen.

Ed Moses’ “HOLA”: This features a haunting single eye glowing behind a swirl of heavy brush marks that some have compared to the mask of a superhero. In “Power,” Kanye’s eyes have an eerie glow as he stares unblinkingly, also not unlike actor Idris Elba’s Heimdall in the upcoming movie “Thor.”

Michelangelo: From the rows of Ionic columns surrounding him to the floating parade of gauzy-shift wearing Greek men and women who drift into the frame, Brambilla is clearly taking some inspiration from the classic frescoes painted by Italian Renaissance painter and architect Michelangelo.

Q-Tip: The legendary rapper and member of A Tribe Called Quest released an album called The Renaissance in 2008. He said the reference to that period was more than just an album title and a sign of his unwavering commitment to keeping his art pure.

Ancient Egypt: Yeezy once again rocks the unbelievably fat chain he wore at the BET Awards earlier this year. Its giant pendant is an image of Horus — the Egyptian god of the sky, war and protection.

Everyone’s favorite faux-celebrities gather once again to remind us why we should stay out of the tanning bed. Check out some clips from tonight’s reunion show airing on MTV at 11pm…hope you have a bowl of pasta ready!

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Reality TV personality Tila Tequila has filed a lawsuit against San Diego Chargers Linebacker Shawne Merriman in relation to their September altercation – Merriman was never charged.

At the time of the fight, Tequila filed a citizen’s arrest making claims of both battery and false imprisonment against Merriman but the case was later dismissed by the San Diego District Attorney.

According to, “Tequila is seeking damages for assault, battery, false imprisonment and emotional distress.”

Tila Tequila files suit vs. Shawne Merriman – ESPN

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…someone has a full time job for you. MTV brings you another shameless “reality” series but it’s not the Real World this time, instead it’s Guido-ville Jersey Shore. These kids certainly don’t lack confidence but they’re definitely missing a brain chip or two. While I’m not a fan of the spiked hair or the carrot color tan, it might just be tacky enough to actually watch.

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