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