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Watch Jay-Z & Kanye West in the Official "Ni**as in Paris" Video

by Photo of Andrew Lontos

The video of the top single on Watch the Throne has been released.

Watch Jay-Z & Kanye West in the Official

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After the premiere of Kanye West and Jay-Z's new "N---as in Paris" video — which bowed Thursday (February 9) on MTV.com — someone joked that I needed to watch it 13 times in a row to best approximate the experience of the dynamic duo's Watch the Throne tour.

And it's true, Kanye and Jay did play "Paris" a whole lot during their trek ... mostly because the song elicited such a thunderous response from sold-out crowds nationwide. So it's somewhat fitting that the video (which was directed by West) is equally live ... and just as thunderous.

Filmed in part during the run ofThrone shows at the Staples Center in Los Angeles — additional footage, one can assume, was shot during a casted performance, unless the Staples crowd was 85 percent female models — the clip captures both the loose jocularity of 'Ye and Jay and the electric energy that coursed through the venue when "Paris" leapt from the speakers (many, many times). West fills the video with eye-catching kaleidoscopic effects, creating dizzying visuals that fold the audience, the stage and everything else in upon themselves, making fractals upon fractals. No wonder the clip is preceded by an epilepsy warning.

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