Album Review: Kanye West – My Dark Twisted Fantasy

by Kil

Kanye West is the most important artist for hip hop during the last 10 years, and I don’t care what BET and their all star panel of judges have to say about that. No other artist has been able to put out the quality AND quantity of music that Kanye has. No other artist at Kanye’s level has been honest enough to let the world into his head to see all the demons that plague him. No other artist has been able to constantly reinvent himself time and time again like Kanye has. After the George Bush comments, everyone said he was done. “He just said the President of the United States doesn’t care about black people!?!?! He’s done”. After his moms passed away, everyone thought Ye was gonna lose his mind and sink. And after the Taylor Swift fiasco EVERYONE was saying Yeezy was done. “He did THAT to a WHITE girl!?!? He’s gonna get black balled!” Kanye has done what Jordan was always scared to do, which was pick a side. Say something important, even if it’s not popular. Mike was too worried about sneaker sales to actual take a stand for something…too shook of the backlash, but not Kanye. Not to mention his accident 10 years ago, which almost killed him but instead, ended up helping to launch his career with his hit “Through the Wire” with a video that HE paid for out of pocket to shoot because “they thought pink polos would hurt the Roc.” It’s like Kanye has 9 lives and I’ve lost count of how many more he has left but he had enough left to bless us with “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”.

“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is musically ALL over the place and I mean that in a great way. Nicki Minaj is the first voice you hear on this musical opus and then you’re blessed to hear Ye go in on a RZA (the father of Ye’s sped up soul sample style) track on “Dark Fantasy” and explain that “the plan was to drink until the pain’s over” and then ask “but what’s worst, the pain or the hangover? “Gorgeous” with Kid Cudi and the Raekwon the Chef is an electic guitar driven track that’s the perfect fit for Ye and Rae to get busy on.

“All of the Lights” is an all star buffet featuring over 10 artist that at first sight looks like a meal at Golden Corral, but once you digest it, it’s more like a great steak from Ruth Chris. “Devil in A New Dress” featuring Rick Ross is probably one of the best songs I’ve heard in my life. “Blame Game” featuring John Legend and Chris Rock (yes, Chris Rock!) and is musically flat out beautiful and is the shinning gem on “Fantasy”. And with lines like “And you aint finna see a mogul get emotional, every time I hear bout other n-gga’s stroking you, might say I hit you, he sitting there consoling you, threw the money, threw the mud, who’s provoking you, you should be grateful a n-gga like me even knows you, now you noticeable and cant nobody can control you, 1am and can’t nobody get a hold of you, I’m calling your brothers phone like what was I supposed to do?” you’ll see why on “Runaway” Ye told ya’ll “I don’t know what it is with females, but I’m not too good at that sh-t.”

Can I knit pick at “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”? No doubt. “Fantasy” has a RACK of guests appearances. In fact, some guests like Rick Ross, Pusha T and Jay Z show up twice! Could some of the songs be a little shorter? Yup. But why knit pick at great music? I’ll save my knit picking for the rest of the BS that the industry is putting out. But rest assured, as long as Ye has at least one of his nine lives left, he’s gonna give you every drop of his soul that he has left to give. He’s like the Allen Iverson of the hip hop, no nights off.

4.5 outta 5

  • Erin Ashley

    This review, is… right on point. I definitely feel the 4.5 rating, it’s amazing.. eclectic, but unlike Rolling Stone I definitely wouldn’t give it a 5/5.

  • OJ OJ OJ

    I agree with above, an excellent review. I think this album is really important. Kanye shows us what’s truly inside his head rather than what’s appropriate to say.

  • @Stellaskid

    I think time will tell whether it’s a 5-star classic or not but I actually wouldn’t argue with anyone who wanted to it rate it as such now. It’s pretty great sounding.

  • MotorCityFresh

    In 10 years this will go down as one of the greatest album of all time!

  • @everyone

    Good as a hip hop album, I’d say a little disappointing overall though. Not a groundbreaking album by any means. If anyone is thinking that it is, then they are already limited on the style of music they are listening to and this is groundbreaking for them… not music or hip hop for that matter.

    Reviewers like the one above seem hypnotized into automatically saying it’s an amazing album as if they have a crush on Kanye and are not really being critical of it. Just because kanye says it’s amazing, doesn’t mean it is. Everyone should listen more with open ears instead of just falling inline.

    It’s overindulgent at times(many)and collaborations are used to distract from lyrical substance. Many times the guests rapping abilities overshadow kanye.

    I love kanye, I love all his music and production up until now and I look past his shenanigans. Artists, especially good ones are usually more emotional, dramatic and at times troubled than most people, so it comes with the territory.

    I’m hoping the album grows on me, but for now only a few songs stand out as being worth listening to repeatedly. “Power”, “Monster” & “Runaway” are the standard pics cuz they’re the first ones released plus “Gorgeous” and “Hell of a Life” are my top picks. Unfortunately I’ve almost overplayed the first 3 over the past few months considering they’ve been out for so long already.

    3/5 at most and should be called “Kanye & Friends”

  • @mr reviewer

    No one said “He did THAT to a WHITE girl!?!? He’s gonna get black balled!”

    what happened had nothing to do with race, thanks for trying to bring that into the picture. It had to do with a supposedly grown man doing something pretty rude to a young girl in what should have been the highlight of her career so far. He insulted her, not her race… way to go on that comment.

    BTW, I do love Kanye’s music, I just think that was a dumbass comment by the reviewer here.

    • Kil

      So, if Kanye would’ve done that to Rihanna or Nicki Minaj you HONESTLY think the hoopla would’ve been the same? Sure it would have, race has NOTHING to do with anything nowadays…

      • @mr reviewer

        no, not saying race has nothing to do with anything, but not that situation.

        It was a dumbass move by a drunken Kanye to a young girl. You think the audience starting booing him cuz he’s black? You think Obama called him a jackass because he’s black? Come on dude. It’s cuz he was acting like a rude ass 12 yr old.

        Kanye’s had a whole series of childish outbursts that have all gotten bad reactions. This one got the worst reaction because it was to an innocent girl who has nothing to do with politics or any of the other things kanye has spoken out about. There comes a point when people get sick of people acting like that and Kanye just wants to act out for the sake of acting out, that’s obvious.

        People got fed up with him being him and to an undeserving person. He knew it, that’s why he got emotional about it and apologized. He realized he was wrong. He didn’t apologize about the George Bush thing. Why? because he didn’t need to, and he didn’t regret it.

        We could have the race debate forever but this isn’t really the place for it. There are plenty of other more important race issues than arguing about a Kanye situation.

        I just think if your review was less biased you might get more people listening.

        • Kil

          Truth be told fam, with or without my review, for some strange odd reason…I think more and more AND more people are listening to Kanye. Good looking for the comments though…for real.

          • @mr reviewer

            oh… and I’m still a fan of Kanye, and honestly your review got me checking out your other website, it’s good to see someone doing what they want to in life, kinda inspiring so keep it up.

            Sorry about the “dumbass comment” comment… cheers dude

          • Kil

            Lol…it’s ALL good fam! Like I said, good looking for the comments, and I meant it! I LOVE a good debate, especially about music because it shows how much as people we care about it! Good looking for checking out my other site too fam, truly appreciate it!

  • KLAP215

    Im so happy Kayne West is off the 808 B.S.!!!! mbdtf is a great album… Kayne is right back where he belongs with this!!!

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