Friday, January 07, 2011

Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Release Date: 11/22/10
Genre: Rap, hip-hop

no one man should have all that power

(copy/paste from my year end list)
Who could have predicted that after the vma incident, Kanye would released his Magnum opus. Similar to how i embraced gaga after last year's vma's, it was Kanye's performance at this year's vma's that got me amped up for his latest album because based on the previous rumored title, "Good Ass Job," i was thinking it'll just be like another hip-hop album like Graduation and although it lingers on the rap/hip hop side, it feels so much more. Production wise, this album is loaded with great samples and great hooks, but what makes this album so bold is how it basically doesn't follow the model of traditional rap albums with tracks averaging the 5-6 minute mark. Lyrically, it deals with Kanye's fame, love, and insecurities moving from his highs and lows. Aside from "All of the Lights," none of the songs really say radio friendly, yet his delivery is stronger than ever that lyrics actually stick with me and none of the guest stars are out of their element. They only highen the songs. I love that Kanye is aware of his egomaniac personality and can step back and self-evaluates. This album basically lets listeners into his creative mind. It blows me away how much effort was put into this record. It's hard to expect anything less now.

Favorite Songs: Dark Fantasy, All of the Lights, Blame Game
Rating: 9.5/10

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