Album Review: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West

Posted: August 7, 2011 by eptarheels23 in Album Review, Music
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My favorite of the hundred different album cover for MBDTF

Part three of building of hype towards Watch the Throne continues with the review of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy with Watch the Throne being released tomorrow! All the way back in 2004, Kanye dropped his debut album College Dropout, and many still consider that to be his best work. A year later Ye put out Late Registration which was received with great acclaim and positive reviews. Then in 2007, Mr. West released his third effort Graduation. That album pushed Kanye West into stardom and set his place as one of the giants in the music industry. However in 2008 his mother died, causing him to completely change his tone with his fourth LP 808’s & Heartbreak. I wasn’t a huge fan of this album and wanted for nothing more than the old Kanye West back. Well in November 2010 Kanye put out possibly the best album of 2010 with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and one of my favorites ever.

1: Dark Twisted Fantasy 5/5
I love how the record begins with the Nicki Minaj narration where she sports a pretty classy British accent. That gives way to a female voice singing and it sets the stage for the rest of the track. Once the beat drops you’ll be nodding you’re head no doubt. The beat itself is crazy. The background vocals that fill the track are the perfect compliment to Yeezy’s raps and it all works out excellently. Kanye goes in on this record. You can tell he is back to his old self and even more determined than before. This records also feels like an intro to a movie. In a sense it lays the groundwork and sound for the rest of the LP. After countless listens this actually might be my favorite track on the whole album.

2: Gorgeous (feat. Kid Cudi & Raekwon) 5/5
By far and away this is the best track lyrically on MBDTF. Kanye really outdid himself with his lines. You need to sit down and actually listen to the story that Yeezy is telling, it’s aw-inspiring. The beat is rock influenced and who better than Kid Cudi to lay down the hook. It sounds like the track was meant for him, his voice and the beat go hand and hand. Kanye also recruited The Chef himself for a verse. He really kills it and tears the beat apart. I have been a fan of Raekwon for a while now, so it’s amazing to finally see him and Kanye team up on one record.

3: POWER 5/5
The first official single fromMBDTF got the whole hype for the album going. The beat is insane and really gets you pumped. If you were unsure of Kanye’s abilities after 808’s & Heartbreak, this got you back on board. This record also shows how aware he is of what’s a round him. He states that there are issues in the world because some people have too much power. Every song on the album speaks on issues and if you listen closely you’ll find that ‘Ye has made truly more than just music. Last thing, I love how he went right at Saturday Night Live with the line “f**k SNL and they whole cast, tell em Yeezy said they can kiss my whole ass, more specifically they can kiss my a*****e, I’m an a*****l? you n****s got jokes”. It just shows Kanye will do whatever he wants and no one is safe.

4: All of the Lights (Interlude)
Not a full track but it’s dope nonetheless. The piano and violin are crazy and set the stage for a perfect transistion into the full length song.

5: All of the Lights (feat. Rihanna) 4.5/5
This is a very interesting record. Going into the album ‘Ye said that this track would have Alicia Keys, John Legend, The-Dream, Drake, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Elton John, Ryan Leslie, Charlie Wilson, Tony Williams, Elly Jackson, Alvin Fields, Ken Lewis, and Rihanna all on vocals. Now that’s insane and it’s starting to look like a DJ Khaled record. The good thing is you can only hear four of those artists, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, Fergie and Elton John. Rihanna is the only credited artist as she is on the hook, Kid Cudi has a short little interlude thing, then Fergie (wierd I know) has a short verse-ish part and then Elton John brings in the end of the record. I honestly think this is one of the biggest songs of the last couple years. With what went into it and what came out, it’s a classic. The beat is crazy and I love Kanye’s flow. This will go down as one of Kanye’s most popular songs ever.

6: Monster (feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver) 5/5
Possibly my favorite song of all of 2010. The track begins with Rick Ross doing some little ten second interlude. I really wish he had a whole verse because I think he would have completely bodied the beat. Oh well. The beat is probably one of the best on all of MBDTF as it is filled with monster sythns and eerie drum kicks. Kanye absolutely kills the first verse, showing us why he is the talented emcee that he is. Then he calls along Jay-Z to drop a solid verse in terms of what he normally does. But the real star of the show is Nicki Minaj. Her verse has had people taking about her for the longest time. I’ll call it “The Best Guest Appearance of 2010” as she shows why there is all the hype around here. She seems to change her flow and style of rapping every couple of bars. One of the best posse cuts of the year.

7: So Appalled (feat. Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce & RZA) 5/5
Wow. This is what a true posse cut looks like. See that DJ Khaled? Not that crap that’s on your albums. The most underrated record on the album and a former G.O.O.D. Friday song has some of the best artists today all on one track. Everyone goes in and murders the insane beat, but I’m going to give the edge to CyHi Da Prynce as having the best verse. Being a HUGE fan of both Kanye and Pusha and liking Jay-Z a lot it was a hard call. But CyHi drops an insane verse with lines like “if God had an iPod I’d be on his playlist”. This song isn’t without faults though. I could do without Swizz Beatz (shocker) and I wish RZA would of had a full verse. The more I think about it, this might actually be my favorite song on the album, but it changes every time I play another song. They’re all just that incredible. And yes I do know RZA that this s**t is f*****g ridiculous.

8: Devil In a New Dress (feat. Rick Ross) 5/5
Another song that was originally a G.O.O.D. Friday record, gets a makeover. The beat here is crazy, the soul driven vibe mixed with drum kicks and the background vocals is insane. This version gets a helping hand from Rick Ross. I love how the beat slows down right before his verse and there’s a little guitar solo. Then the original beat kicks in and we are ready for round 2. As I have stated before, Rick Ross needs to rap over more soul influenced beats like these, not that Tupac Back and B.M.F. s**t. Another record I feel that will be underrated, but showcases both Rick Ross’ and Kanye’s talents as emcees.

9: Runaway (feat. Pusha T) 5/5
If I could use one word to describe this song, I would “epic”. Every sense of this song bleed that word. First off this song was made into a 30 minute short movie, I don’t really want to discuss that but you can check it out here. The album version of the song actually clocks in at over nine minutes, but that last five minutes is just Kanye playing around with instrumental. It’s not really necessary but it’s a cool addition. The beat is off the chain, the piano really makes for an amazing beat. Kanye tries out his little singing thing again but not like on 808’s & Heartbreak. It’s different and ends up working out pretty damn well. Also Pusha T drops a monster verse, without it the song wouldn’t be as great. This is an absolutely incredible record and Kanye’s genius is really starting to show.

10: Hell of a Life 5/5
This track is crazy as hell and the beat goes hard. Kanye murders it and I thoroughly enjoy ever second of the song. The one downside is I’m not quite sure what the whole track is about. Kanye talks about everything from sex to religion, it doesn’t seem to have a single direction. The production though is crazy and the bass is insane. I feel like this another one of the more underrated records on the album, not going to be the most popular but an amazing record nonetheless.

11: Blame Game (feat. John Legend & Chris Rock) 5/5
Wow. Wiz Khalifa if I were you I check my back. Amber Rose sounds like she’s completely crazy on here. Kanye speaks on how she would do all sorts of things and how she now lies about what happened. The second verse is one of the most emotional and deep I’ve seen from ‘Ye in a long time. From a musical aspect this is also a great song. The calm, soothing piano filled beat is a masterpiece and John Legend lays down the smoothest hook on the LP. Lastly Chris Rock has an absolutely hilarious outro. It makes the track even more enjoyable. This is a highly emotional track from Yeezy and he shines through the whole record.

12: Lost In the World (feat. Bon Iver) 4.5/5
The musical genius that is Kanye West keeps on creating great music. This song crosses many genres of music as it seems to incorporate everything from hip-hop to rock to electronic to pop, it’s got everything. The record mainly just has Kanye singing like he did on Runaway. This is different than anything ‘Ye has previously done, and he executes it to perfection. Excellent final track.

13: Who Will Survive In America
Nothing special here. A narrater is just speaking over the beat. As the track progresses, the beat speeds up and then suddenly ends like a dramatic movie. Then you hear clapping and the album is over.

14: See Me Now (feat. Beyoncé, Big Sean & Charlie Wilson) 4/5
Originally released as a promotional single (minus Big Sean), See Me Now was a decent record. I appreciate how Kanye decided to throw it in there as a bonus track and add Big Sean to the features. His verse is what’s you’d expect from the Detroit emcee and it makes the song better overall. On a random note, I have realized one thing. Let’s say there’s the Big 3 in rap, Jay, Kanye and Wayne. Hov has his protege in J. Cole, Wayne has his in the form of Drake, who does Kanye have? At the moment it’s looking like it’s Big Sean. While I like Big Sean, I feel like Kanye can do better. Big Sean is just not on the level of J. Cole or Drake.

This album is a classic. There are very few flaws in the entirety of it. It has incredible records from front to back with no skips in the whole LP. I do want to say something that many people will probably disagree with though. This is the best produced album of all time. There isn’t a single bad beat. All of them sound polished and fit the theme of the record. They are amazing and the sounds are fresh, unique and truly special. This is one of my favorite albums ever, period. No matter what anyone says, it won’t change my mind. Sidenote: check back tomorrow morning for a review on Kanye West & Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne!

Download: Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  1. […] So Appalled (feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce, Swizz Beatz & RZA) All in all, this is one of my favorite records off My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. It has a monster beat and both Kanye and Jay kill it. […]

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