Jay-Z brought Kanye West and Rihanna out to the New York City borough of Queens on Thursday to shoot scenes for his video for “Run This Town,” from his forthcoming album The Blueprint 3. The powerful trio didn’t hit famous Queens ‘hoods like Queensbridge, South Side or Hollis, instead they hit the park. However, this was no picnic scene: from the looks of things, a revolution was being started! The trio shot in the historic Fort Totten Park, which is part recreational park, part preserved Civil War fortress.
Photos of the black-clad trio from the top-secret shoot have popped up on thelifefiles.com, where you see Jay in one outfit wearing a black hoodie and jacket with bullets draped around his neck. In another scene Rihanna dons a veil, a hoodie and a cover over her face; in another there’s glamour shot where the singer is wearing dark sunglasses, boots and shorts, standing in between Jay and ‘Ye, both of whom are wearing sunglasses.
According to a source who was on the set, Jay had about 80 extras dressed in black as well. The supporters are said to be forming a militia-type group in the video on the side of Hova, West and RiRi. Kanye’s girlfriend Amber Rose reportedly visited the set as a spectator.
Anthony Mandler directed the clip, and some of the scenery on the set reportedly included fire and overturned cars — the aftermath of some sort of scripted confrontation, no doubt.
Earlier this week, it was announced that Jay, Kanye and Rihanna will perform “Run This Town” on the maiden episode of one hour variety program, “The Jay Leno Show.” The show is scheduled for September 14 at 10 p.m.
Three days prior (on September 11), Jay releases The Blueprint 3. “Run This Town” is the second official single, following “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune).”