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Watch Footage From Kanye West's Unaired "Black Larry David" Pilot For HBO


(AllHipHop News) Three years ago actress Alison Quinn uploaded footage of an unaired HBO pilot starring Kanye West to YouTube. Somehow the 4-minute clip went mostly unnoticed until now. In the video Kanye is playing a fictionalized version of himself similar to Curb Your Enthusiasm‘s Larry David.

According to a 2008 MTV report, the show was not picked up because HBO executives called it “too hard-core.” Writer and producer for the program Larry Charles also expressed that he felt HBO was not sure what to do with the show because it featured a black main character.

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“HBO doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to black shows, and I felt like that may have had something to do with it also,” said Charles.

Charles also talked about meeting with Kanye about creating the show.

“What Kanye West said to me the first time, he said, ‘I’m the black Larry David.’ That’s the first thing he said to me,” added Charles. “So it’s like a Kanye-and-Curb’ show.”

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Watch footage from Kanye West’s unaired HBO pilot below.

  • Dan_Tebasco

    Unsurprised that this wasn’t picked up by the company to say the least…

    “Larry Charles also expressed that he felt HBO was not sure what to do with the show because it featured a black main character. “HBO doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to black shows, and I felt like that may have had something to do with it also,”

    He must have forgot about THE WIRE and THE CORNER etc… The pilot looks like any random youtube-skit that’s why it wasn’t picked up…

    • Yeah, but with the right expertise in production / directing, etc., that would have been a non issue.

      It actually looks like it would have been a cool show, different from the Wire / Corner ( << *Big Upz "Dionne") although it touches on a different aspect of the every day struggle. The lady did a pretty good job as well. #IMHO

      I bet that type of 'chet actually happened to Ye' before.

      The name 'chet was kinda funny too.

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        she was doing aight until the close ups if i was an exec i would of turned this down too … but me also being a hip hop head and understanding kanye then again i would of fired that chick in the vid and put the show in production LOL !!

  • Eli Pinilla

    Funny concept. Coulda been executed alil better….dnt know about the black show stuff. They did have chris rock show, the wire, the corner, and oz on it at one point with black leads….the wire was named the best tv show in history by entertainment weekly. So at least when they do the ‘black” thing. They damn sho did It right.

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      i thought the wire was showtime ?? and outside of chris rock … none of those other shows STARRED a black man … there are def black characters there …. he is correct in saying that HBO hasnt really had a leading black role in thier mini movie series ………. but do to the success of shows like the Wire i doubt they are against it … i think it just has to be epic HBO programs is TOP NOTCH Quality ………. they aint into producing mediocre shows altho they have but im sure that wasnt the initial approach or plan …….

      • Eli Pinilla

        The wire was hbo….oz, the main character was the dude on the wheelw chair who was black…def comedy jam was also on hbo. And they aired the pilot for the corner. Tusgagee airmen was a hbo original movie as well. Real sports with brian gumbell.That just what I remember off the top of my head.

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        dude in the wheel chair was not the main character … beecher got more shine then that dude and shoot from what i remember that dude didnt even make all they way thru to the end of OZ ??? adabeese was bigger than wheelchair dude matter of fact he was so small i dont even remember his character name !! lol … but cool in regards to the wire i wasnt sure cause @ the end of the day i watch that entire series on bootleg LOL well @least most of it lol …

      • Eli Pinilla

        The prison itself was the main character. Same with bmore and the wire. Good concept really, easier to kill off and bring in new characters. But he was the main. He narrated the series untill he was killed in the second to last season. And that goea back to the jail itself being the main chatacter…same with stringer and avon in the wire

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM

        truuuuuuu i can agree with that its been awhile since i seen oz …

  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    yo im a huge fan of the Curb Your Enthusiasm series huge larry david fan … but this put me to sleep lol there were some chuckle moments but if this was the reel that was submitted to HBO i see why they didnt pick it up …. but also i doubt the execs @ hbo especially during that time understood who kanye is and was …. cause even tho the reel sucked … with the right writers i think this could of been just as good as the original curb cause kanye is def SOMETHING like the black larry david lol but yeah this reel sucks !! lol

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