Throwback Thursdays: Can’t Tell Me Nothing by Kanye West


Welcome to Throwback Thursdays where we highlight some good tracks and their music videos from days gone by. However, these songs featured are not just any good oldie — they exemplify what can be considered among the best of music videos and excellence in the way that they capture the song. Hence, they are worth sharing in this year of 2013.

It has been six years since Kanye West released Can’t Tell Me Nothing from his 2007 album, Graduation. This music video is the second version of the song starring Zach Galifianakis and Will Oldham, and was released online only. (There is another version of this song featuring Kanye only.) This video is awesome for various reasons, and highlights the comedic genius of Zach Galifianakis. Chest-pounding rap song? Check. Two bumbling buddies on a North Carolina farm field? Check. Gangster driving of a tractor trailor? Check.

The video almost makes you forget what an a**hole Kanye has proven himself to be (uh, the MTV music awards incident with Taylor Swift), his cringe-worth attempts at fashion design, and his persona in the tabloids (of course he became a Kardashian baby daddy). No, let us forgot these things and focus instead of Kanye’s brilliant decision to have Zach Galifianakis create his music video. Enjoy.

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3 comments
  1. Liesl said:

    Oh, I came across this in the last year or so. Brightened my day when I watched it.

    • Lucy said:

      The video makes me laugh every time I watch it. I love how the video juxtaposes the bravado of the lyrics with the goofy performances of country bumpkins. This has to be my favourite performance by Zach Galifianakis.

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