Vibe: There’s been a lot of talk about Jay’s video containing Freemason imagery such as the horned animal head, an eagle and skull. What are your thoughts about such talk and why do you think music fans are so quick to believe a conspiracy narrative?
Sam Brown: I’m aware of the stir the video has caused and what people are saying. I think when you’re dealing in abstract imagery people are going to want to draw lines between things and make sense of it. However, I’ve always felt that the viewing public was, in general, extremely visually literate. They don’t always want or need things to be spelt out for them. One of the great things about music videos are they can be enjoyed purely visually—it doesn’t need to mean anything or make any sense. Conspiracy theory is another thing entirely, and seems to me to be about projecting pre-existing beliefs and desperately looking for things that confirm them. There is imagery in this video that is drawn from all over the place. None of it is owned by any one culture or belief system. You can connect anything if you try hard enough, and make it mean anything you want it to.
Vibe: Did Jay come up with the avant-garde treatment for the video? If so, do you think he (or yourself) was aware of the talk that some of the imagery would ignite?
Sam Brown: [To] tell the truth, I wouldn’t speak for Jay. I know he really liked the video. He strikes me as a very intelligent and forward-thinking person and I have huge respect for him and his label for wanting to bring something different. As the man says, he uses his cojones.
you can read more of that interview over at Vibe
Meanwhile, back on the ranch, Jay, Trey Songz & Jeezy stopped by HOT97 to kick it with Angie Martinez yesterday to speak on their tour (which by the way they will be performing March 2nd at MSG, which is also 8 days before my b'day *hint hint* ).
He also took the time out to tweet using Angie's account, peep Great Hova doing his thing.
Angie then asked him about the illuminati rumors, etc..listen here
courtesy of HOT97
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Audio: Jay-Z, Young Jeezy & Trey Songz 1/13/10