Is Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy one of the best albums of all time?

By Adan Villa, Reporter

 

 

In November 2010, Grammy-winning artist and producer, Kanye West dropped the studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, which he recorded while in Hawaii. 

This is West’s fifth studio album, this album symbolizes his status as a celebrity, consumer, culture, race, and the American dream. During the time of making this album, West flew his team and friends to Hawaii where they produced and finished the album while enjoying their time there, RZA said while he was there they would wake up every morning to eat breakfast then go to the gym and play basketball but once 4:00 p.m. came around, they began to work on the album until 4:00 a.m.

This album by many critics is arguably named the best hip/hop, rap album of all time. The amount of time spent on the album along with the amazing features that West had that amazingly accompanied the songs.

The album’s fifth track, “All of the Lights”, was a five-minute song with features from artists such as Drake, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Kid Cudi, Elton John, and most notably in the whole song, Rhianna. This song won a Grammy for best rap song of the year in 2011. Rhianna’s verse in the song is the most remembered part of the album for how well it fits in the song. This song also went quintuple platinum through the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which means it sold over 5 million units.

In many interviews, Rhianna says that West showed her the album months in advance and “All of the Lights” was her favorite. When West called her at 2:00 a.m., she just had to go and record her part, and it is easy to see why, as the song is one of the most essential on the album.

“Devil In A New Dress” was the eighth song on the album, and speaks about money and heartbreak. This song is arguably one of the most beautiful and well-written songs of its time. This track features a guitar solo by West’s producer Mike Dean and a verse by Rick Ross – the most memorable verse on the entire album. The flow and the rhythm of the track fit amazingly. This song was the fourth song given away weekly by GOOD music record company, which is owned by West, every Friday he would release a free downloadable song.

The ninth track on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, titled “Runaway”, is the most popular song on the entire album, and many critics rate it a ten out of ten. The song is known to have sparked many up-and-coming rappers’ creativity in the way they flow and write music. “Runaway” was released with a 35-minute short film that included a lot of the songs from the album; the official video was 10 minutes long and produced many memorable scenes. Many believe “Runaway” is a break-up song, but in actuality, West is talking to his audience and apologizing for how much they have had to put up with him. (West is known for his erratic behavior, and disclosed in 2020 he suffers from bipolar disorder.)

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is a solid five out of five. Everything in the album fits perfectly, from the lyrics to the production to the bonus features. The album was amazingly made, and will go down in history as one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

Hopefully, you enjoyed this review and did not “find something wrong” and “Runaway”.

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