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Kanye West wanted Bret Easton Ellis to make pornographic videos for 'The Life of Pablo'

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Kanye West ‘wanted to make pornographic videos’ for his music

Author Bret Easton Ellis says he was approached by Kanye West for a project in 2016, but it never came to fruition

Kanye West has never been one to shy away from controversy, with a long list of notable moments to his name in the last few years alone.

There was the choice of artwork for Pusha T’s album Daytona, which West produced, while he had initially announced plans to use a photo of Jan Adams – the surgeon who operated on his mother before her death – on his own album Ye.

He also made some questionable comments about slavery which drew criticism, and had a bit of a Twitter love-in with President Donald Trump – and all of this is just in 2018.

Within that context, claims that West planned to accompany songs from his seventh album The Life of Pablo with pornographic films seems pedestrian by comparison.

The revelation comes from author Bret Easton Ellis, who has claimed West approached him directly over a plan to collaborate on the pornographic videos.

As reported by HighSnobiety, Ellis made the claim on his podcast, while also speaking about other projects the pair worked together on, but which never made the light of day.

“Kanye is, yes, a genius, and every hour I spent with him was more than worth it, even if the project never happened.”

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Released in 2016, The Life of Pablo was updated by the artist after its initial release, with new versions of a number of tracks including ‘Famous’ and ‘Wolves’.

The pair collaborated as early as 2014, shortly after West parodied a scene from the film adaptation of Ellis’ novel American Psycho to promote his sixth album, Yeezus.

“He came and asked me to write the film. I didn’t want to at first. Then I listened to Yeezus,” Ellis said at the time.

“It was early summer last year and I was driving in my car. He’d given me an advance copy, and I thought, regardless of whether I’m right for this project, I want to work with whoever made this.”

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