Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - 2010 Hip Hop 3LP
Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records
Format: 3 x Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
Comes in die-cut double gatefold sleeve. Includes 5 inserts and a large 24"x24" poster of George Condo artwork.
Released: Nov 2010
Genre: Hip Hop
A1 Dark Fantasy 4:40
A2 Gorgeous 5:57
Featuring - Kid CuDi , Raekwon
B1 Power 4:52
B2 All Of The Lights (Interlude) 1:02
B3 All Of The Lights 4:59
Piano - Elton John
Vocals [Additional] - Alicia Keys , Alvin Fields , Charlie Wilson , Drake , Elly Jackson , Elton John , Fergie, John Legend , Ken Lewis , Kid CuDi , Rihanna , Ryan Leslie , Tony Williams
C1 Monster 6:18
Featuring - Bon Iver , Jay-Z , Nicki Minaj , Rick Ross
D1 So Appalled 6:38
Featuring - Prince Cy Hi , Jay-Z , Pusha T , RZA, Swizz Beatz
D2 Devil In A New Dress 5:52
Featuring - Rick Ross
E1 Runaway 9:08
Featuring - Pusha T
E2 Hell Of A Life 5:27
F1 Blame Game 7:49
Featuring - John Legend
F2 Lost In The World 4:16
Featuring - Bon Iver
F3 Who Will Survive In America 1:38
Art Direction - Kanye West , Virgil Abloh
Artwork By [Artwork Coordination] - JP Robinson , Kristen Yiengst , Todd Russell
Artwork By [Paintings] - George Condo
Design [Handwritten Titles And Illustrations] - M/M (Paris)
Let's get it out of the way up front: If you even tangentially follow the hip hop blogosphere or Twitterverse, you've heard almost all of the substantive tracks on this album (two of the 13 tracks are an interlude and outro). Fully five of the 11 songs were part of Kanye's G.O.O.D. Fridays scheme, another three leaked months ahead of the album's release, and "Dark Fantasy" was included in Kanye's recent short film. But does it matter? Maybe Kanye's done the impossible and crafted an album so good that we'll pay for it even when he gives it away for free.
After listening to the record you'll appreciate how succinctly the album's title summarizes its themes. The record is framed as a fairy tale and the first few lines ("The watered down one, the one you know/ Was made up centuries ago...Twisted fiction, sick addiction/ Gather around children, zip it, listen) almost allude to the gradual censorship of the Brothers Grimm's dark fairytales over the centuries. On My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye seeks to dismantle the facade of fame and fortune to reveal the twisted debauchery underneath.
Kanye's trademark arrogance is in full force on this album. But this time it's an unapologetic arrogance that's a product of being treated like a god on earth. On "Devil in a New Dress" he rhymes "It's hard to be humble when you're stuntin' on a jumbotron" and on "POWER" "I embody every characteristic of the egotisic, he knows he's so gifted." The occult is another central theme, not only in track titles like "Devil in a New Dress," "Monster" and "Hell of a Life" but in the bars on each record. Kanye offers "We headed to hell, for heaven's sake huh?/ Well I'mma levitate and make the devil wait, yeah."
Perhaps the most personal theme on the album is a feeling of dissatisfaction in the face of so much commercial and critical success. We hear it on "Runaway" ("I always find something wrong/ You've been putting up with me just way too long/I'm so gifted at finding what I don't like the most"). And while Kanye keeps up the pretense of ego (see above) it's clear that the endless criticism has forced chinks in his armor. There are unveiled jabs at both Saturday Night Live and South Park, and bars including "It's not funny anymore, try different jokes," and "I was lookin' at my resume, feelin' real fresh today/ But they rewrite history, I don't believe in yesterday."
In short, the album is brilliant. The rhymes are clever, the music is rich, the emotions are raw and the themes are dark. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy will be an interesting experiment in an age of dwindling album sales ostensibly due to piracy. If Kanye can move 800,000 units in his first week despite having given the album away, the power of good music will be proven and artists will have no one to blame but themselves.
Kanye West - Runaway
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Kanye West - Power and Runaway
Live from Brooklyn Bowl
Kanye plays Brooklyn Bowl during Pitchfork's Offline festival.
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Kanye West - Dark Fantasy
That's Jon Anderson's vocal sample from "High Places" written by Anderson and Mike Oldfield
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Kanye West - POWER
The best song of 2010 on the best album of 2010
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Kanye West - Devil In A New Dress
the production is a masterpiece for hip hop.
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Kanye West - Blame Game feat John Legend (Runaway Movie
Kanye made a 30min video/movie which explains the story, this is a clip from it. The movie is Runaway
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Kanye West - Runaway Film Trailer
Kanye is on another level artistically. Must be bipolar. Most folks that talented lose their freakin minds..
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