No Church in the Wild is a song by American hip hop artists Kanye West and Jay-Z, from their first collaborative album Watch the Throne. The song is the 1st song on the official track list for the album and features vocals from OFWGKTA singer-songwriter Frank Ocean. R&B artist The-Dream also contributed vocals, though not credited on the tracklist. Jay-Z has referred to No Church in the Wild as one of his favorite songs from Watch the Throne. The song was recorded in New York. It impacted urban radio on March 20, 2012 as the albums seventh single. No Church in the Wild was featured in the trailers for the action film Safe House and the 2012 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.
No Church in the Wild is a hip-hop song with R&B vocals in its chorus and bridge. It features a bass-heavy beat with guitar riffs, synthesizers, and drums. The song begins with Frank Oceans chorus followed by a Jay-Z verse about various topics including philosophy, religion, and braggadocio. The chorus then repeats and The-Dream performs a bridge, preceding Kanye Wests verse. Kanye Wests verse includes themes of hedonism, celebrity, and religion. He references Kiki Shepard, the co-host of Showtime at the Apollo. After Kanye Wests verse, the chorus is played again followed by sound effects resembling calls of wild animals such as monkeys and tigers. An instrumental which reoccurs through Watch the Throne plays, ending the song.
The video was filmed in late April 2012 on locations in Prague, Czech Republic by acclaimed French director Romain Gavras, known for his work for M.I.A or Justice. Garvas brought the D.O.P. Mattias Montero and few other crew members (mainly producers, dressers and featured stunt guys), however most of the filming team was from Czech. They were 200 extras, divided into cops and rioters. The portion of the video premiered at one of the Watch the Throne shows at The O2 Arena in London. The final video was released on 29th of May. The end scene subtly influenced by young visual artist Unkle Luc , whos art project The Wild features an elephant eerily placed in an urban environment.
On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, it was announced that Minneapolis-based target will not carry Frank Oceans Channel Orange. Frank Oceans manager, Christian Clancy, attributed this to Oceans recent revelation that some of the songs were inspired by a relationship the singer once had with another man.
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