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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West

2010

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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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3.62

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not sure his ego will handle 4 stars

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5

Classic. Sadly, he’s crazy now

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5

One of the modern classics. Kanye at his most self-aware, teetering on the edge of hedonism and trying not to fall into the void. Production is beyond incredible, features are fire, songwriting is incredible. If I had one criticism, its that Chris Rock's little skit goes on a tad long.

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Here's another artist where I break from the pack. I do not like Kanye on the whole. I think he's an extremely overrated, egotistical, pampered artist that's been told he's a genius so long that he thinks he's a god. And all of that comes across in his work. His rhymes are decent (if self-indulgent) and his delivery has that lazy "I'ma get to it when I get to it" cadence which isn't my favorite. The production is, of course, off the charts good because it's a Kanye record. It's telling that the best moments on this record are the ones where the guest artists bring heat. The production really IS phenominal, though. And, when I stop and listen to THAT instead of trying to evaluate this record on Ye's bars (like I would any other rap artist), I like this album a lot more. I just can't with these lyrics though. So much shit. Giving it three stars because the production is huge.

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5

What else can be said about it?

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5

In hindsight, probably Kanye's peak despite how good Yeezus and Life of Pablo were in parts.

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5

This is a classic album that becomes more fun to listen to the more times you hear it. From coked-out RZA on one of the strangest posse cuts ever to "Yeezy reupholstered my pussy" to a four-minute vocoder solo, MBDTF is a hip-hop tour de force. The quirks and bumps along the way only serve to further the image of a beautiful and twisted modern fantasy, and it's not likely that we will ever get an album that sounds and feels like this again.

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5

A Hip Hop album that has imagination, heart, great samples and 13 tracks its impossible not to appreciate. Every drum beat, every chord meticulously crafted by an absolute fucking mentalist. This is how you do it lads. Genre spanning wizardry. Highlights- the whole fucking thing. 5/5

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I really want to kate Kanye, I always have, and yet hes so fucking good at this stuff. I can hate him and love what he makes, right? This is almost perfect hip hop, as are all his albums, annoyingly. Just lovely stuff, beautifully produced, interesting, varied, entertaining, innovative, fun, it has it all. I'll just pretend it's not Kanye.

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No one man should have all that power

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Taler for sig selv

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4.5 some luster is gone from when it was released but still great

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-Monster is my absolute favorite so far on this album, although All of the Lights and POWER are of course powerhouse breakouts -All of the Lights Interlude is so tender and beautiful--I've never heard it before and now I want it playing as the background to my life - Lost In The Woods is also fantastic

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I really want to kate Kanye, I always have, and yet hes so fucking good at this stuff. I can hate him and love what he makes, right? This is almost perfect hip hop, as are all his albums, annoyingly. Just lovely stuff, beautifully produced, interesting, varied, entertaining, innovative, fun, it has it all. I'll just pretend it's not Kanye.

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5

Peak Kanye. Definitely miss the production and style of early 2010's Kanye.

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Never listened to a Kanye album all the way through, I get the hype more

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It’s a classic!

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Bop after bop after bop

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Kanye and Coldplay I'll defend them both to death - possibly the most caucasian statement ever made but I stand by it. Yeezy is a genius. So many great moments - All of the Lights, Rick Ross' verse on Devil in a New Dress, every Pusha T verse, Chris Rock's skit at the end of Blame Game, Bon Ivor all over Lost in the World. Hell of a Life is my highlight though. YEEZY TAUGHT ME.

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The feature video that goes with the album is a must watch if you listen to this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jg5wkZ-dJXA

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Wow

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Remember when Kanye was good?

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5

Straight fire

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5

This is one of the greatest albums of all time.

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The best album of all time!

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5

Like an 8 pack of Walls - stuffed full of bangerz

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Out of all the people in the entire world, I believe Kanye West is one of the hardest people to take serious (on non-music topics). And not being a rap fan in general, this is the first time I ever consciously heard his music. But damn, this is actually really good, interesting and musically varied. The one big downside being any time West tries to do anything melodious with his voice. That sounds pretty bad and he should definitely stop doing that. Still, this is definitely the best rap album I've ever heard - which would put it at a 4 for me in terms of enjoyment. But I'll give it a 5 instead to show my appreciation for broadening my mind to what rap can sound like and how good it can be.

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If you accept that an inflated sense of self-importance is a prerequisite for any rap/rock/pop/whatever star, then Kanye ultimately proved himself to be a decent bloke on his first two masterpieces through the generosity of his musical genius and his literary-comedic ability to conceptualise. That makes this—his third masterpiece—the odd one out. Despite the attempts of ‘Power’ or ‘Monster’, there’s nothing here to rival the social commentary of ‘We Don’t Care’, ‘All Falls Down’, ‘Heard ‘Em Say’ or ‘Gold Digger’. What you get instead is monstrously inward looking, an artist on the brink of being overrun by a megalomania previously under his control. To make up for the absence of brilliant storytelling—much harder to do when you’re mostly just bragging—he ups his rap game, throwing his name into the hat with legends (Raekwon) and legends-in-the making (Minaj). His lyrics are frequently brilliant: "And what's a Black Beatle anyway, a fuckin' roach? / I guess that's why they got me sitting in fuckin' coach”, “They say I was the abomination of Obama's nation / Well, that's a pretty bad way to start the conversation”, “Runaway slaves all on a chain gang / Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang.” But however hard he works, he’ll never have a top-tier flow. And so, as ever, his saving grace is the music, which is a jaw-dropping and gag-worthy display of opulence—astonishing and appalling in equal measure. That internal tension is precisely the point. Kanye’s main theme has always been self-consciousness. In essence, that means calling out his own bullshit, and boy does he have a lot of it. He can’t resist decadence, but is repulsed by it. ‘Runaway’, for instance, is unutterably gorgeous despite overrunning by about five minutes, with Kanye plonking away at the same two piano keys and mumbling incomprehensibly through autotune. The Roald Dahl intro, Gil-Scott Heron outro, false finish to ‘Dark Fantasy’, Chris Rock diatribe on ‘Blame Game’—all excessive, yet all essential. But however many times he changes direction as he makes a break for paradise, then double-back and heads for damnation, he can’t escape those pounding drums. They’re soul-stirring and shit-scary. Way before the final track, where the African rhythms come to the foreground, they sound like they’re coming from the depths of the jungle. Bloody, visceral, and irrepressible, he can't outrun them. They're the beating of his heart of darkness.

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Kanye is a great producer and a terrible MC.

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Hace un par de meses me dieron ganas de escuchar este disco de nueva cuenta después de varios años y lo escuche durante una semana completa. Ahora, en 24 horas lo he escuchado 5 veces completo. Kanye West es un genio musical, un genio musical con demasiados problemas mentales y que con el pasar de los años ha bajado tanto en calidad e interés artístico como en cordura; pero la cantidad de genio y talento que tiene no se puede negar y en este disco en particular está en su mayor momento. Todo el disco es musicalmente irrepetible, tiene una producción estúpidamente pulida y creativa. Las letras siento nunca han sido su fuerte pero incluso aquí hay atisbos muy interesantes tanto de su personalidad, lo que siente de la fama y, con retrospectiva de 20/20, una mirada a lo que en un futuro terminaría en cosas tan tristes como episodios psicóticos de paranoia a medio concierto. Un disco que mezcla invitados desde Jay Z hasta Elton John pasando por un skit de Chris Rock, con mezclas que incluyen pop de sonido africano, King Crimson, Black Sabbath y Aphex Twins. Es la mejor muestra de lo que era capaz de lograr cuando lograba canalizar sus obsesiones a algo productivo. Canciones como Power o Monster son básicamente perfectas y espesas en todas sus capas tan cuidadas. El único traspié, a mi gusto, es la letra de Blame Game, porque la verdad... hueva tu canción dirigida a tu ex con referencias que solo tu entiendes; pero incluso en ese caso musicalmente no tengo queja alguna, es especialmente oscura y meticulosa en su sonido. Es triste la persona en la que se ha convertido con el tiempo pero nadie puede negar que dentro de el siempre ha habido un artista con todas sus letras.

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A modern-day masterpiece. An ambitious piece of “prog-rap” that is nearly unequaled to this day. STANDOUTS: -Dark Fantasy -POWER -All of the Lights -Monster -So Appalled -Devil in a New Dress -Runaway -Hell of a Life -Lost in the World

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5

This was peak Kanye before he started his downward spiral. Killer hooks, samples, features. Feels like the best of this era of mainstream rap. Loved it when it came out, and it's still amazing the whole way through.

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Peeved I missed the reveal on this one! (Was stalled pouring over the classic Halo 3 soundtrack.) Re-listening for the generator: MBDTF is an absolute joy to listen to. Kanye and the boys, both on the tracks and in the all-star production team assembled in Hawaii for this masterpiece, are firing on all cylinders for 75 minutes. - The SNL line ages better and better as SNL gets less and less funny. - MJ GONE - All of the Lights bridge is an all-timer - Invariably think of the sarcophagus line whenever the word comes up - So Appalled always has me cruising around NY with the boys in slow motion, looking disdainfully at people and throwing money at shit - The day that you play me, would be the same day MTV play videos (another excellently aging line) - Moral victories is for minor league coaches, indeed Jay - Cyhi's "She found about April so she chose to march" section is in my personal pantheon of bars - Looking at my wrist, it turn your ass to stone - Runaway chorus put an excellent soundtrack to my state of mind dropping out of college back in 2014-15. Listened to it and MBDTF in general a lot back then. A decade of semi-conscious resentful alienation finally bubbled to the surface seeing how infuriatingly, heartbreakingly effortless normality and functionality were to my peers. A toast to the douchebags! - The goofy Chris Rock skit at the end of Blame Game grows on me as the years go by. - Lost In the World is one of the greatest closers ever, bar none, but its uplifting perfectly sets up the second phase of our close... - Endlessly fascinated with the compelling closer Who Will Survive In America. Beautifully ominous, Kanye, using the fiery poetry of Gil Scott-Heron, lobs a slow-fuse black bomb as the concluding statement of the album: a quick'n'dirty recap of the besieging of black America - bombs America has constructed and armed that are beginning to detonate again. What a profound accomplishment of an album. Take away all the great records he's made and Kanye would still be an American hero for the incident that led to the creation of MBDTF: interrupting Taylor Swift on stage accepting best music video award or whatever. Every song is single-worthy, and every song should be blared through the speakers. What's a black Beatle worth? A perfect score. 10/10

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Obviously delicious

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I love this album. Only weak links are Gorgeous and So Appalled. These aren’t bad tracks, but the rest of the album is so good that when these songs come on a bit of energy leaves the room.

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amazing album. I got a leak before it came out and really prefer the rougher version to what he ultimately went with. Still a killer album with no duds.

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I've listened to this album a few dozen times and love a lot of it. Power and Monster are incredible tracks

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classic

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Power" Released: July 1, 2010 "Runaway" Released: October 4, 2010 "Monster" Released: October 23, 2010 "All of the Lights" Released: January 18, 2011

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Truly Visionary Work. This score would be deserved if only for Runaway, the rest is icing. And yeah, I know. Kanye is an ass. IDGAF.

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5.0 + As close to perfect as any album gets.

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undeniable 5 stars

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Gotta be a 5 from me. This was my first time listening to it with nice headphones and it was crazy

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5

Great album. Like someone else said, it is other other features and influences that make this album so great. Not sure if that just speaks to Kayne's ability as a producer or use his clout to get big names and upcoming stars on his record (or if they use his clout for their gain)

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Obviously 5 stars. This is more than an album, this is one of the greatest experiences in life.

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Awesome! One of the best rapalbums I ever heared. His reference to seventies prog in the songs shows that he looks further than his own genre. For me already a classic!

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Briljante plaat met een geweldige mix aan stijlen; niet naar de teksten luisteren of aan die mafkees die het maakt denken, dan is het echt cool!

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Amazing

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Meisterwerk

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potentially up there with the best albums released in any genre, period. MBDTF is a story of "bests" - every song and moment on the album feels like that kind of song/sound/music perfected. Dark Fantasy - arguably the best rap intro track of all time Gorgeous - Kanye's best verses of his career Power/All of the Lights - Two of the best rap songs ever released Devil in a New Dress - Best Rick Ross verse, best guitar solo in a rap song Monster - Best ever Nicki Minaj Verse Runaway - Best Kanye Song of all time 10/10

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Back in 2010 one of the rare times I listened to a major album the day it was released, first to last track, no breaks, with friends, and it blew me away. Maximum ego. Maximum production. Huge hits. Exciting features (esp Minaj). Engrossing from start to finish. Self indulgant, funny, angry, exhausted, obsessed, juiced up Kanye. Over the top in the best ways. Perfect album. A+

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Va más allá de lo pop. Son canciones de gran duración que no se hacen largas, que dan mil vueltas y homenajean con certeza a la vez que afirma la verdad y visión del señor West. Mi versión favorita de Kanye.

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Almost forgot how amazing this album is, despite what Kanye has become. Falls into the concept album category I love so much. Transcends a category.

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IMO this is a genuine modern masterpiece. Gets better everytime I listen to it, matures like a fine wine. Oozes with creativity, uniqueness, influence, soul and is chocked full of bangers and the most amazing set of featured artists (eg. All of the Lights). If this isn't a 5* album then nothing that we get from the 2010s should be.

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Da hab ich ja was verpasst. Hab geschwankt zwischen 4 und 5. Ich bin kritisch, was Hip-Hop angeht, nichmehr bei so Ami Kram, der sich sehr ernst nimmt. Aber das hier ist irgendwie ein Gesamtkunstwerk, hier mag ich sogar Autotune (ohne Chair) und Rihanna. Geiles Album!

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5

This album really is incredible start to finish. Kanye is at his best but honestly it's the featured artists and production that take this to the next level.

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Good intro, "Runaway", "Devil In A New Dress", "Dark Fantasy", different sounds, great features, well-known bangers("All of the lights", "POWER"), 10/10

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Easily my favorite Ye album (unless this list makes me rethink some others). Monster and So Appalled are BANGERS

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10/10

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Peak Kanye. Unfortunately it's all downhill from here (Yeezus is still good though)

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I can go on and on about this album. It's great. It really is. I have heard this one before so I was prepared for another listen. Kanye West's somewhat magnum opus, and as I do enjoy stuff like TCD more, you have to admit that this is Kanye's most important album... not his best, but his most important in what its done. This somewhat mix of Graduation & 808s (especially present in songs likr Runaway or Lost In The World) is grand. Kanye takes on issues in songs likr Goregous, talking about how everyone views him as a black man and just as himself. Especially after the taylor swift drama. He brings on Cudi for a great hook and Raekwon for the last, killer verse. This album is also all sorts of bragadocious. In Monster & So Appalled, two very different posse cuts each verse is filled to the brim with less introspectivity and more lines about themselves, in a good light. And god some guest verses are just unforgettable. Pusha's in Runaway, CyHi in So Apalled, and even Rick Ross in Devil In A New Dress. What seems to be this soulful, personal song Kanye builds up is enlightened by this guitar solo followed by a killer Rick Ross verse. And also, Runaway. Runaway is up there in some of my favorite songs of all time. Kanye brings an emotional topic of basically "everyone should runaway from me, i suck" to simplify it. Some of Kanye's vocals are stellar and even the autotune at the end of this behemoth of a track, god. Even songs i highly disliked have grown on me. Hell Of A Life is a song i can appreciate for its lengths it goes to, and hey All Of The Lights is just a banger. One song i really can't see much in the light of is Blame Game. I love John Legend but his hook is just so lame. Kanye's storytelling is great but, i dom't know. The lyricism just kinda falls flat, especially with that long Chris Rock skit at the end kind of destroying that build up at the end. I still love the beat, its one of the best one of the albums, but god i just can't vibe with the lyricism and vocal effects. Overall a good song but not one of my favorites. Finally, Lost In The World. We're all expecting it. A big, final, closer to this record. A finale. But then we're greeted with autotuned Justin Vernon. As it builds up, all we can do is wait. The instrumental kicks in and there it is. The rest of the song definitely kicks off this great album to an end. 9/10 (As of July 8th, 2021) Best Tracks: Dark Fantasy, Goregous, POWER, All Of The Lights Interlude, All Of The Lights, Monster, So Appalled, Devil In A New Dress, Runaway, Hell Of A Life, Lost In The World, Who Will Survive In America Worst Track: Blame Game

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Yeezy taught me.

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This is a surprisingly good album! Plenty of good guests and features too, none more so than Monster which is a certified banger. A Chris Rock ‘skit’ let’s it down to the point where it’s 3 stars not 4 just because it’s so unnecessary.

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Boring

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Some really good ideas but just wore me down over the course of a very long album.

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I dont get the hype. Lotta flash, no substance.

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I liked the music, but will probably never listen again.

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Not really into hip hop so it takes something special. And a..this wasn't it.

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Don’t believe the hype. Disappointed. Heard this was a modern classic, a piece of genius that has influence so many. Pretty average and garbage in places. Won’t be listening again. An embarrassment to hip hop

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Kanye is ass.

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Awful. I couldn't listen to the whole album. I wish I could set fewer than 1 star.

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Absolute shite!

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This $h!t is F***ing ridiculous!! The best was good and catchy. But honestly it sounds like Kanye had his hand wrapped around his junk the whole time because he was just all about himself. Don’t think I’d listen to this again. Just not good lyrically. The only reason it’s getting 1 star is because the music was good. If there was a karaoke version of this album with no lyrics I’d enjoy that.

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Höre keine Musik von Trump Supportern

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Fuck Kanye.

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Listened to 5 tracks or so while running. Some of the hooks are catchy and fun, but the lyrics in the rap are really lame, and offensive. Felt like the best bits were the bits Kanye was not doing (singing etc)

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I can appreciate rap and although the production of this album is excellent the subject matter sucks.

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Yes, I've heard of Kanye (that quote about George Bush, but Kanye's still willing to wear a silly red hat). No, I don't think that I've listened to any of his music. This album did not do Kanye any favors. The content of the lyrics... yeesh. No reason to listen to this. There's musical talent, but apparently the album gave room for a full expression of Kanye's character.

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Really?

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I am not a fan of Coonye. So i have to say nope i didnt like it. Lol

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poo

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A vague mix of hip-hop, rap, and pop with no originality and no soul. The melodies don't get any development, and the lyrics are just there to fill up the time. Also, what is the point of featuring other artists on some of the songs if they all sound the same anyway?

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5

Masterpiece

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5

Not a fan of Kanye but this was solid back in the day and album still holds up.

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5

My favourite album of all time. The songs are composed perfectly with amazing samples and great production from Kanye. The features are great. The range and variety of the songs from absolute bangers to more emotional ones. And runaway with the piano section is just the best!!!!

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5

Funny weird really really good

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5 out of 5! a masterful piece of music history!

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I love this album

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An albums of 4 and 5 star songs = 5

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5/5 would listen again

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Love this album to death. Sure, some songs have problems, like Jay on monster or Kanye naming different kinds of lights on all of the lights, just sort of goofy. But Kanye has some of his best bars of all time the production is immaculate, the other songs are so strong as to make it a full score for me in spite of some glaring flaws.

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Oh, the dream. Best Kanye album. I love it. So many bangers. So much creativity. Amazing production. Devil in a New Dress is my fave.

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10/10 masterpiece fav kanye album game changer I could die listening to runaway

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5

First of all, I’m not gonna act like I’m not going to give it a straight 5. I believe this is one of the great highlights of this century and a record for the generations, so there is that. Is this the best work by Ye? Arguable but there are at least another 4 records that are up for title. Is this my favorite Ye album? No, I have an emotional attach to The College Dropout for that matter. is this his last great work? NO, he kept it up for another 8 years. Is Donda a work as focused as this? No, to me he lost it after KSG. There is so much around this one that’s worth the mention, how this was Kanye’s redemption after the deplorable Taylor incident, the cringe in some of the lyrics, the effort in Pusha’s verse, the complete triumph of Nicki’s verse, the laughs we had with Jay Z’s one, the stupid but somehow guilty pleasure of the Chris skit, the memes, the samples, Fantano’s review, the aesthetics… It all shows how influential this was but the only reason for that is the music. Yes, Kanye is very limited singing and not as good MC as he thinks, but the production and innovation of this one goes really to new horizons, almost everyone is at their top game for this one and Ye really did come up with a cohesive and really impressive album. As I said one of the great recordings of our times. I’m always up for a toast for this one.

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the most Kanye album ever

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One of the best albums ever created. From top to bottom banger after banger.

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Classic

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-top 1 album openers of all time One of my fav moments in this album is jay z being asked to write a verse about monstrosity of fame and licherally just going Frankenstein, Godzilla, Dracula....guy has no range 'so much head I woke up in sleepy hollow' I don't know if this album has aged a bit because some albums have extraterrestrial levels of production these days but it's still great

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Just a classic Ye album

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I'm not in love with Kanye as a person, but goddamn if his peak as an artist wasn't absolutely incredible. This album is just song after song of incredible samples and production with excellent lyrics over it. Consistently good throughout the entire album, and often absolutely great 5/5

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The GOAT Kanye album and one of the best rap albums of all time. So many strong songs all throughout. 9/10.

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Kanye's most accessible masterpiece. Not as experimental as Yeezus or 808s, obviously a 5.

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It feels so different when every single song absolutely bangs. Damn. Very few of the songs miss the mark. And Runaway might just be one of the best songs. Period.

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Legit can't believe how much I enjoyed this album, feels like peak kayne. Exceptional

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good ass album very cool kanye

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can we get much higher

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GOAT.

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Dark Fantasy is great. Sadly I mostly know Kanye through his public persona, which is "complicated". The language in rap often makes me feel like it's not a space meant for me, but the music is enjoyable. I was also surprised at the variety and consistent freshness of album's songs.

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You're spoiling me, 1001 gen. This is a nearly flawless Hip Hop album that combines excellent performances, top tier instrumentals, and an appreciation to the artistry of music. On top of all that, this was probably the album that helped me truly get into Hip Hop music, so thanks ye. Favorites: Dark Fantasy, POWER, So Appalled, Devil In A New Dress, Runaway

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Aj karamba, z grubej rury polecial nowozytne krazki, bo do tych zaliczylbym wedlug niektorych magnum opus pana Westa, bo do takiego miana wlasnie aspiruje my beautiful dark twisted fantasy, ale ja jako fan postaci wole miec nadzieje, ze albumy tego pokroju lub lepsze jeszcze wyjda spod reki yeeziego, plyta z 2k10 patrzat juz teraz z perspektywy dekady byla jednym z najbardziej influencyjnych krazkow w rapie, to wlasnie tutaj pan West zdecydowal sie na odejscie na minimalistyczne synthowe brzmienie i auto tune tak bardzo zameczony na heartbreaku i postawil na prawdziwy maksymalizm brzmieniowy i influencyjny, bo album czerpie gleboko nie tylko z tradycji east ostowych, ale szuka inspiracji w brzmienaich r&b, jazzu, elektroniki wczesnych lat 90, czy progresywnego rocka lat 70, bo kto nie kojarzy sampli crimsonowych wykorzystanych na POWER czy Herona na who will survive in america, a chociaz pan West jest zawsze producentem swoich materialow, tak na tym krazku producerka to prawdziwa burza mozgow z nazwiskami takimi jak RZA, Mike Dean, S1 czy Bink, nie jest to typowy album z kawalkami radiowymi 3 minuty 20 sekund, bo niektore zamykaja sie w ponad 9 minutach, jak runaway ktory featuruje pusha T i ktory doczekal sie wlasnego wlasnego filmu krotkometrazowego, ktory zawiera muzyke calej plyty, wracajac do featurow, to o ile zazwyczja featury zmniejszaja jakosc calosci, tak dobrze dobrane tutaj nie szkodza, a tylko nadaja bardziej rapowego klimatu poprzez roznorodnosc stylow jakie sa zatosowane, poza wspomnianym pusha T przewijaja sie jeszcze takie postacie jak Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, czy Raekwon z mniej rapowych wartych uwagi pojawia sie oczywiscie Rihanna i jej wystep na all of the lights razem z Eltonem Johnem i jego pianinem, a tymi nazwiskami nawet nie wymienilem polowy gosci na plycie, ktorych jest duzo, czasem wychodzi na to, ze najlepsza zwrotke traka robi featur, ale nadal jest duzo miejsca na Kejniego w Kejnim, bo chociaz nie jest to jakis stricte konceptowy album, to jak to w tworczosci westowskiej najwazniejszy jest artysta i jego zycie, problemy, wiec jest o dziwkach, szukaniu samego siebie w dziwkach, establiszmencie murzynskim, murzynie na zlej ziemi, dekadencji w spoleczenstwie, balansowaniu na brzytwie samego siebie, na pierwszy rzut oka plyta wydaje sie byc dosc depresyjna w odbiorze, ale jesli dodac sobie do tego filozofie jaka pan West przemyca w swoich materialach, zwlaszcza w ostatnich mocno gospelowych albumach, to jednak takie powatpiewanie w samego siebie moze byc oznaka zdrowego rachunku sumienia, ktory jest dobrym krokiem w drodze do pozbycia sie wszelakich wyrzutow kierowanych w samego siebie, ciezko mi wybrac topowy albumik z dyskografii westowkiej, ale jednak MBDTF z pewnoscia byly w topowej trojce jego krazkow, na plejke nie dodaje nic nowego, bo i tak juz polowa plyty tam sie znajduje, ale calosc leci na poleczke spotifajowa, im bardziej krazek jest osluchany tym ciezej jest cos napisac na jego sensownego, bo co mialem wiedziec juz wiedzialem przed odsluchem zazwyczaj i tak wlasnie bylo w przypadku tego picka, nic nowego nie doszukam sie szperajac discogowo czy geniusowo, pozytyw widze w tym, ze daje okazje do przesluchania calej plyty z pewnego dystansu od ostaniego przesluchania i bedac na swiezo po innych plytach, a nie jak czesto bywa katowaniu calymi dniami jednej dyskografii, zmienia to jak slyszy sie dana plyte, czuje ze to nie ostatnie pojawienie sie tego pana na liscie albumikowej, obyu

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Fantastic album. Still hate Kanye as a human

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I don't really like listen to rap, but Kanye continues to surprise me on this list. Everything on here has its place, and it gels! ... The only real miss here is 'Monster', and I suspect it is a 'I really don't like Nicki Minaj at all'. Given this isn't my genre, I'm going to give the benefit of the doubt here. The fact that I'm even considering a 5 here (for a rap album!) means it's gotta take it

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5

Even better on vinyl, one of the greats. (Despite how much Kanye sucks as a person.)

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5

I did not realize that this album is already more than 10 years old.. Still sounds very good to me: lots of strong pop songs and very coherent (as in an album-album). It might be 10-15 minute too long but still a clear 5* for me.

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A guy invited you to his place. Apparently, he wanted to show something, something "special," something that he wanted to show everyone. That guy is not the most decent guy that you know. You recall the incident that he made during a gathering. He interrupted a congratulatory celebration for a girl, shouting that another girl is "the best". That incident either kindled or intensified the fiery feud between him and that particular girl. He stayed in another place most of the time after the incident, working on something. Now he's done, and he'll show the product to people. All of your thoughts were dissolved - at least temporarily - the second you entered his home. At first you can't make out a single thing, because at every corner and at every edge there is FLASH. It was a set of colossal artworks that apparently expressed his thoughts and feelings. Everywhere you look, there is something to be astonished to. Your eyes can barely have a break. After a while, you get exhausted of it. The flashes are mostly gone, but the remaining ones are still incredibly jaw dropping. Now, you began to chew the dense and complex artwork. While he DID worked hard for that something, it won't be there if not for the help of a lot of people -- most of which have BIG names. What is this? You think. Why does he want to show this excessive and self indulgent display? It's admittedly impressive, even jaw-dropping. The way the art was made, or PRODUCED, was awesome. But you couldn't help but be torn between judging the art and the artist. Of course one can judge the art without while not taking note of the artist, but this art seems to scream the artist's name in every corner. The almost immature and egoistic way the message or the thoughts were presented isn't very easy to ignore. But perhaps that's what it's all about: presenting one's ego, topped with enough bling-blings to obscure it's stench. Isn't that what hip-hop, or even art in general, is all about? Perhaps it's too naïve to say that. Fortunately, you didn't know a lot about that guy. and maybe even if you did, you'll still at least enjoy this giant one-inch-thick-icing-coated cake of an effort.

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5

This album was the third and final Kanye album to blow my mind. It's so maximalist and orchestral. Nobody else could have made it. And every track is a single. From Pink Floyd as hip hop banger about self loathing, Runaway, to let's launch a whole career and make Jay Z look part time of Monster, to the vocoder choral genius of Lost in the World. Everything has something. If I wanted to hate it, there is the overlong Chris Rock skit 'Yeezy taught me' thing, and possibly the early signs of the mania that would harm his music over the next decade. But that's clutching at straws. This is a one off, an insanely ambitious album that transcends it's genre.

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5

Amazing production. Very vibey. The first Kanye i ever heard. Very unique and inspirational

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5

runaway as fast as you cannnnnnnnnnnnn

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Best Song: Gorgeous. Obviously Runaway stands out, but Gorgeous feels like it has Kanye in his rarest form. Lyrically might be the best of the album, and the whole seems tense and ready to attack. Worst Song: So Appalled. The chorus is not good enough to repeat as often as they do. The song also suffers from having a somewhat sleepy production and trying to immediately follow Nicki's verse on Monster. Overall: Expertly produced. The beats are fantastic, the samples scratch itches you didn't know you had, nearly every feature works. Kanye even has his lyrical ducks mostly in a row, but still throws in the occasional goofball bar.

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5

I have mixed feelings about this album, mainly because I associate it with stuff that was happening in my life around the time it was released. But all up, it's a good album. Kanye's got some issues and he's working through them, as all his best albums are centred on. "Monster" is a stand-out track, and yes, the Nicki verse is epic - but there are plenty of other great tracks. Why, let me tell you of the time a boy made me a mixtape that ended with "Blame Game".

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5

Una de les poques obres crucials de l'última década i segurament el millor disc de hip hop de la història. Tot ell és excels, perfecte, un home en el màxim de les seves qualitats i amb tota l'ambició, coneixements i experiència per executar-les. És llarg, de més d'una hora, però no sobra un sol minut

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5

I mean this has been one of my favorite albums since it was released. Almost every song on here is a beast (or, dare I say, Monster) in its own way. The beats, the rapping, the features all just work so well and create a masterpiece. 10/10

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5

Uma das obras primas de YE.

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5

I'm no fan of Kanye West's public personality, but this album was great!

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5

Iconic best of the 2010s rap album or any album at all. Kanye’s current persona makes it harder to revisit. Still hits though and it’s fun to go back to.

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5/5 I will say it's a little front-loaded, and I don't think that Blame Game needs to be 7 minutes just to hear Chris Rock talk about Yeezy teaching women how to sex good. Hell of a Life sampling 21st Century Schizoid Man is real good too. It's all really good. Like really really good.

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5

Can we get much higher? No one bread should have all that flour

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þetta er með betri plötum sem ég hef hlustað á, no skips, allt geðveik lög, topp 3 kanye plata

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En tant que mélomane, j’aime qu’on stimule mon intérêt par des surprises, de la diversité et, évidemment, une qualité de production. Cet album contient tout ça.

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5

What an album. You wish he'd taken his own advice when you hear Kanye struggle with the trappings of fame and how he treats women. Definitely a separate art from artist album

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5

Brought me back to my college days when I'd listen to this album on repeat.

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5

Rap muy melódico. Muy muy chulo

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samples Avril 14, instant 5 stars.

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5

LP

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5

Regrettably still amazing

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Exceptional

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5

Kanye’s masterpiece. Probably the greatest record of the 2010s. An astonishing record, almost too much to listen to, it’s maximalist sound wrecking havoc on the senses. All the players bring their A game (stand up Nicki Minaj for best verse on the album/best verse of that year) to create a truly compelling album of considerable depth, Kanye putting his innermost, darkest feelings into art, reshaping the world around him as all truly inspirational artists do. Compelling, urgent, essential. Kanye is a genius.

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Ego = Genius. At least here. This is the record where Ye started to lose it on a personal level, and yet what a gain for music. Yeezus is leaner, crispier and strikes harder than MBDTF, but the latter is certainly the richest, catchiest and most sprawling of the two propositions Tracks such as "Runaway", with that simple yet insanely efficient piano part, "Power", with its soulful African vocals, "All Of The Night", with its maddeningly sinuous horns, or "Monster", that mean psychotic banger with that killer featuring by Nicki Minaj, are the stuff of legend. Kanye West is, simply put, the Gertrude Stein of hip hop. What he does sometimes doesn't make a lot of sense at first, like with those weird lyrics, or that strange flow--besides, who can sample *both* Mike Oldfield and Gil Scott-Heron in the same frigging album? But the more you pay attention to those sorts of details and how they intricately woven into the whole, the more they can affect you, at least during that run of classic albums from the early 10s. And just like Stein, that old modernist writer of days yonder, Ye had a keen, very *American*, sense of how to promote his weird stuff to the wider world. This is how he will be remembered in the decades to come. As an American oddity. Because, let's face it, right? Americans are all a little crazy, aren't they? Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 911 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 49 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 25 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 19

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I don't know what it was in 2010, but I passed on this when it came out after 1/2 a listen. And I really enjoyed Kanye's earlier albums. Putting aside his modern day antics and terrible output, this album missed me and it shouldn't have. Production is incredible, lyrics are interesting, guests are incredible, only 1 track wears out its welcome even though many are very lengthy. I've got a couple saved new classic tracks out of it.

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First time listening to this album, as Kanye is highly hit-or-miss for me. On the other hand, I really enjoy Yeezus in full and the single cuts from Fantasy are iconic. On balance, this reinforces my notion that middle Ye is the best. While patchy in parts (and the mixing here seems especially meh) and extremely self-indulgent, the highs are like nothing else in hip-hop.

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I enjoyed listening to this album. While I've not always been a fan of Kanye, I think it's one of his best pieces. "Runaway" is probably my favorite track of his and particularly a bright spot on the album.

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4

belle découverte

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4

An excellent album but not as good as College Dropout

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Kanye's good, I gotta give it to him. I love the choir and the beats. All of the Lights, Runaway, and Lost in the World are my faves. And Monster - reminds me of Neil rapping along with Nicki.

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Great production up until the last few minutes of Runaway. After that the album dips a little in quality. However the front of this album is purely amazing.

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Verrassend goed, kende natuurlijk wel al wat nummers

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I feel most conflicted over this one because of the personality. Fuck Kanye. But this was his second best album, and as an album, it’s damn good. But at the same time, he’s obviously mentally ill, and that’s none of my business, it just… well poor fucknut has a problem. So that said, I’ll remove the personality and just rate it as an album. Four stars.

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“Too many Urkels on your team. That’s why ya wins low” This album is such a great culmination of the beats and rhymes of his first two albums. It definitely showed a changing point for Kanye and you could tell he was starting to unwind as a human and as an artist. The best track for me is “Monster” I use it all the time to show people what a powerful rapper Nicki Minaj is. On a track with Kanye, Rick Ross and one of the all time greats Jay Z, she absolutely steals the track and owns it with her schizophrenic rhyming.

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It's hard to separate the man from the musician, but this album is great despite being made by a shitty person.

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I miss the old Kanye. One of his many classics.

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Kanye has such bonker lyrics so it easily very fun. Nicki's verse and the Ada rhymes were the best part

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this was the first kanye album i've listened to, and i gotta say, i have a new respect for his music. it was a great album, well composed and mixed, and lyrics are damn powerful.

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4

Good. 2nd favorite Kanye album behind debut. 7-8/10 1. Gorgeous 2. Power 3. So Appalled

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Goddamit now I have to listen to more Kanye West. Kinda blown away.

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Kanye has always been a bundle of concepts. When they come together, they REALLY come together, which is the case for roughly 80 percent of this album.

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Runaway vale el LP

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4

“My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West (2010). My first time listening to the music of Kanye West. Excellent album. Expansively produced. Horizon stretching. Near epic theatricality. My education in hip hop is only on a third grade level, but I appreciate music enough to recognize that this is really good. It’s well constructed as an album, starting with a beautifully engaging, poetic and choral intro. I couldn’t write. I had to zip it and listen. (However, imagine Mila Kunis doing the spoken intro instead of Nicki Minaj, and tell me what you think.) The album then builds in tension and intensity, expressing rage (of course), rack, resentment, regret, remorse, redemption and resolution. Very good collaborative writing and innovative production without being gimmicky. It’s all in service to the music. Many extraordinarily clever turns of phrase in the lyrics, which are intricately woven within the selected constraints of well chosen and disciplined rhyme schemes. Very accessible poetics. Thoughtful and culturally well grounded lyrical themes. Entrancing intros precede conventional but powerful hip hop rhythms. The cello and piano intro to “All of the Lights (Interlude)” followed by the synth-brass/vocal choral (Rihanna and friends) intro to “All of the Lights” is superlative (Elton John [!] on piano after verse 3 and the outro). The howling, haunting male chorus intro to “Monster” is another great example. And what the piano does in the intro to “Runaway” (and throughout) is superb. Let’s have a toast. I like this album, bought this album and intend to listen to it over and over. Moments of weeping and sobbing on only the second listen. So much more could be said, I might follow up with a supplement. The only weakness worth mentioning (and it’s not minor) is that Kanye West’s voice lacks timbre, range, control, and power. He compensates by bringing in better vocalists, but the weakness is pervasive. Otherwise this album would have been a “five”. 4/5

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was very poggers

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Geiler - was soll ich sagen/wie nennt man das, Hightech-Hiphop? aber ohne die Nerv-Faktoren Autotune und hyperaktives Sample-Geklicker. Supermodern (2010...) und trotzdem voll in meinem wertkonservativen Popsoundgeschmack, und nach 2,5 Durchgängen entsteht der Eindruck, dass das Ding von vorn bis hinten immer runder wird, bis „All of the Lights“, vielleicht auch „Monster“ ist noch bisschen holprig aber ab da fliegt er eigentlich konstant über 36000 Fuß. Hab Yeezy immer vor allem als Phänomen wahrgenommen, zwischen Amüsement und zunehmendem zuneHMENDEM ZUNEHMENDEM Kopfschütteln. Und auch wenn letzteres wohl here to stay ist - dies Album macht echt Bock auf mehr. Fuck it, sorry but not sorry: wenn ich Em für die Marshall Mathers 4 Sterne gegeben hab, kann das hier nicht weniger sein. Let's have a toast for the scumbags!

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Krasses Pop Monster, schillerndes Sampling, kongeniale Instrumentierung, teils spontan wirkende Wendungen und ein Songwriting, das sich komplett auf einem Plateau durchzieht, sodass eine Reihe ebenbürtiger Einzelteile einen top draft schwierig macht, was die longplay Stärke betont. And god knows I tried to hate it. So hard. And failed...harder. But: Yeezy taught me

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7/10

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8.25, pretty good

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i can hear why it's good but i dont think i like it

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good until about 70% through. i liked 808s and Heartbreak better

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Everyone says this is Kanye’s best album, I think it’s just okay. Part of me thinks the popularity of this album is solely based on Runaway, the only iconic song on this album, IMO. It’s a solid album, don’t get me wrong, but nothing really sticks with me. Kanye is definitely talented at creating a soundscape. As usual l, lots of very clever rhymes throughout. I find I like his gospel chorus sounds overly sincere, not up my alley. I appreciated the King Crimson sample but felt it gets cut off, he could let it play a little more and it would’ve made the song better. Lots of abrupt cuts in his soundscape, themes coming in an out chaotically, changing the song briefly before it goes back to normal, creates an interesting pastiche. Almost all the songs have a epic vibe to them, they feel big, the scale is big. But are they good? The rhyme “put the Pussy in a sarcophagus” just to rhyme with esophagus, seems a little lazy. There are a few fives on this album, few fours, a 2 and a threes. B+

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Besides a fer not so hard hitting songs in the second part of the album (Blame game, Hell of a life) this album is an hip-hop masterpiece. It's hard to even call it straight up hip-hop, because it incorporates multiple genres from soul, edm, folk, rock etc.

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suitably flawless production, messaging is a bit wonky here and there and references are dated, knocking a star off for trump love

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Middle tracks dragged a bit, but solid Kanye. Showed glimpses of the madness that was going to come (Chris Rock stand-up bit talking about pussy and the woman learning how to be dirty from Yeezy). Earlier collabs with Bon Iver.

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4

Episode 1

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Good rap album

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(Listened to Before) Had this on repeat in middle school and listening back I have a similar opinion on it still. Some of my favorite Kanye songs are on here, but there’s also some mediocre cuts. Think this is maybe his 4th or 5th best album, but it’s still one of the most important and era-defining projects ever dropped. The production blows my mind for most of it and even on some of the tracks I don’t care for Kanye raps his ass off. Favorite Tracks: Hell Of A Life, Devil In A New Dress, POWER Least Favorite Tracks: Gorgeous, So Apalled, Blame Game

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Good. Not my kind of music, but I would listen to it again.

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Great example of something I had written off previously but ended up really enjoying. Album flows brilliantly and has some great standouts

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:) definitively the heaviest produced ye album. ton of man hours. great songs. not my personal fav though.

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Classic, great album regardless of what people say

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I wanted to hate this, and assumed I would, but from the moment I heard the King Crimson sample I knew it would be difficult.

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Kanyee, power 5/5 a yks toinenki 5/5, mut en mä ny tätä täydelliseks sanois

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Ohhhh maaan that was intense! And incredibly good!! A wicked album.

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I never really gave this album a good listen, but I can see why so many rate it highly.

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"The watered down one, the one you know Was made up centuries ago" (Dark fantasy) "You could be the King but watch the Queen conquer" (Monster) Siento mucho que lo mejor de este disco sea la estrofa de Nicki Minaj. Nah, es bromis (a medias), aunque a mí Kanye no me interese lo suficiente como para separar obra de autor (o que me interese más la posibilidad de que se vaya a montar una secta), es muy bueno en lo suyo y el disco funciona muy bien.

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Saved Prior: POWER, All Of The Lights, Monster, Runaway Off Rip: Dark Fantasy, Hell Of A Life, Lost In The World Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Lots of great songs on this album (particularly Runaway POWER and Dark Fantasy) and the theme is really strong and ties the album together well. That being said, there's just something about this album that just keeps it from 5 status. I think it might be Kanye's sometimes lackluster rapping or maybe I don't like some of the hooks, but I can't quite put my finger on it. 4.(ialsodidntreallylikekanyespartondevilinanewdresstothepointwhereididntsavethesong.wouldvebeensavedifitwasjustthebeatandrickross.sorryiknowpeoplereallylikethatsong)

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Honestly? Yeah, okay, I'm about it. He's got some chops and the music itself is legit.

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Creative

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Een over-geproduced hiphop/pop album en Kanye was altijd al (een beetje) vol van zichzelf, maar met wel enkele steengoede songs

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This overcrowded album certainly brought together good arrangement ambitions in a pompous and multifaceted manner. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Runaway, Lost in the World

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I'm normally not too big into these kind of albums, however after hearing this I have to say that this was bloody amazing. Does a good job in making each song diverse than the last. Despite being rap. POWER and All Of The Lights are magical.

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Oh boy, I was intimidated going into this one. One of the biggest albums of my lifetime- what more can be said by a hip-hop newbie? What if I hate it? But nope- undoubtedly one of the best hip-hop albums I've heard. Despite being a blockbuster (in everything from maximalist production to roster of A-list guests) it has such a tight focus for most of its runtime as it bounces from one set-piece to another. I surely don't need to heap more praise on the opening rhyme and epic introduction to "Dark Fantasy"- the swaggering bravado of "POWER" and its inspired King Crimson sample- the anthemic wall of sound in "All of the Lights"- THAT Minaj verse in "Monster" which was my highlight of the whole album. This latter track had my favourite lyrics and beats across the board and set the high watermark for the record, so that "So Appalled" and "Devil in a New Dress" paled in comparison by feeling too repetitive and not demanding my attention. It was also around this time that I started to feel the length of the journey. But then came "Runaway": a gorgeous track I hadn't heard before and an absolute stand-out, striking me as the emotional and thematic heart of the set, where all the excess just came together and made perfect sense. It could have been a closer, but then "Lost in the World" and "Who Will Survive" formed a powerful note to go out on. Why not 5*? Needs more listens, but partly the middling songs mentioned above, and also the skin-crawling Chris Rock skit in Blame Game with the "Yeezy taught me" mantra. One of several uncomfortable moments where the arrogance stopped feeling ironic or satirical and just seemed like Kanye being Kanye. For the most part though, this was a roller-coaster and I believed the hype.

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It reminded me that I like Kanye

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Separate the man (colossal egoist) from the art (incredibly well produced hip hop album) and this is a banging record. I've never listened to one of his albums before but I enjoyed this way more than I expected.

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Prog-rap? Yeah, I think so. Kanye might be a huge douche and kind of insane but this record *is* pretty amazing sounding. Lyrically it has some pretty problematic spots but it's also pretty funny. This isn't my genre and I'm probably not going to revisit much but it's a fascinating listen. Totally get why this is on the list.

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Good

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Really really great record here. Lyrically, there were moments that I enjoyed. Musically, from the beats to the production, this was solid AF. Not quite at the 5 star mark for me yet, but this was better than College Dropout (the only other Kanye album I've heard).

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Beautiful production, nice lyrical content in most songs, but definitely some glaring weak spots. Overall would say it’s DEFINITELY overrated; I don’t think this is his Magnum Opus. Very long winded and drawn out, probably could’ve been 10-15 minutes shorter. Features were spotty; Nicki on Monster was a highlight, as were the features on Gorgeous and John Legend on Blame Game. Jay Z and Fergie were not great. 7/10.

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Hip hop really isn't a genre a follow, but I enjoyed the album. Interesting grooves.

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It's been a while since I've heard many of these songs. Honestly a good album with some cool features. Hearing Nikki Minaj brought me back to middle school. Definitely some bangers on here. You should listen at least once.

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Nice beats, dodgy lyrics

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Yeah its powerful for sure...with that said, I have to separate the artist from the art...with that said as well, at least its better than a lot of the generic rap out there...maybe given time I'll appreciate the message more.

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Hate that its so good, but it is

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One of my favorites from high-school! So many good songs on this album

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Do like a bit of Kayne I must say

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I feared listening to this, based on my perception of Kanye West as a personality. But in truth, the album is intriguing, engaging, and entertaining. Along the way, there are a few moments where the lyrical compositions deter, but the ambition and cinematic scale of the sounds win through. Surprisingly good.

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Another great sounding hip hop record. I really had no idea how talented Kanye West is. Yes the record is too long but I hardly notice because each song real substance and stands on its own as a piece. The longer songs never wear out their welcome. A testament to his inate ability to keep things flowing and accessible. Some more listens might bring this to 5 stars but for today...4.5 🌟

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Well, I gave college dropout a 3 so this one’s got to be a 4. I’m able to see why Kanye has blown up in popularity, but I’m still going to dispute that he’s an “artistic genius”. Maybe on the grounds of modern pop hip hop, I can understand why he grabs so many peoples attentions. But, when actually analyzing, all I see him doing is glueing a bunch of other peoples art together, throwing stream of consciousness lyrics on top, and looping it. On top of that, a lot of his songs are like exhibit a for the concept of projection. Every song is about himself, his ego, and his utterly unthinkably deep lack of self awareness. What’s most nauseating is how many people parrot his egoic verbal diarrhea and bow down to worship the almighty Ye just because a bipolar narcissist figured out how to mix shit in a studio. A. It’s innovative AF for hip hop (but, really is it when you just rely on sampling for all your shit?) B. It appeals to the masses with its simplicity C. It couldn’t possibly have been bad with the amount of collaborative talent involved Credit where credit is due for this albums success, but no I don’t think he’s that talented of a musician. He’s talented at being a celebrity and controversial media masturbation fodder figure.

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Нравится, как звучит альбом в целом, но не зацепилась. ┐('~`;)┌ Возможно, хип-хоп не совсем мой жанр, а текст больше актуален для американских реалий. Стоит послушать его еще пару раз.

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Never took Kanye West seriously either. All I really know about him is he’s a batshit crazy cringe lord. Maybe so, and yet. Still can’t stand boast songs and there are a couple that would be better if there were no vox, but damn if it doesn’t sound really, really good end to end.

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Kanye certainly has things to say. An album filled with a lot of variety, and perhaps one of my favorite songs that I didn't know existed - Runaway.

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Dark Fantasy - Intro reminded me of "Night Before Christmas", leads to some electronicially clean gospel vibes, then a verse which starts with the classic "ye, ye", Family Matters pun wins some points for sure. Monster - Absolutely amazing, especially Nicki Minaj So Appalled - RZA kills it Runaway - Beautiful song

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Would have given 5 if it weren’t for auto tuning and some v v dodgy lyrics

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😈

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A real iconic album from Kanye and a great follow up from 808s & Heartbreak. There are several songs on the album that are still in rotation on many playlists (as of Jan 2022) that never fail to please. At times throughout it can be a bit self-indulgent with the extra long tracks. (9 min+). Best: Power; Monster Worst: Devil In a new Dress

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Not my kinda music but not bad Don't really like the way he talks about women though

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Whats has Kanye ever done for us....... Well this is my first listen to this and I am surprised at the content, some interesting fusion stuff. I must admit that even that this was post his Taylor Swift Rant I am drawn to his inventiveness and his (I Hope) tongue in cheek view of populism...so is his pro trumpism really irony, to see how far they would let him go? Has some credit this album but an overuse of Autotune and some dodgy lyrics. I liked "Runaway"

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Not normally a fan of Kanye, but can hear why this made it into the 1001 list, great album, just a pity about the personality.

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POWER and All of the Lights are absolute bangers Probably the best Kanye album? At least it's the last one where his ambition and ego were still positives fueling his creativity before getting diminishing returns on subsequent albums. Great beats, exceptional hooks, great use of samples. Runaway and Blame Game feel a little overlong, and there is a bit of a forecasting of the born-again religious direction he would take on his more recent albums. 4/5

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Production is fantastic. Takes a little to get running, but from "POWER" and onwards, it's amazing. Bangers and wonderful atmospheric jams like the fantastic "Runaway". Nicki Minaj's feature on "Monster" is nuts.

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Great album with longer ranty songs.

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This album is a superb mess. Separating the artist from the work gives it a 4/5. Throwing in the current scandals makes some of the songs like Monster incredibly chilling.

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Kanye has just gotten crazier and crazier over time, but this album is pretty good.

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Early kayne.. what’s not to like. Have to try very hard to separate the artist from the art though!!

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If I heard this before Yeezus, I would have hated that one even more, because this cements Kanye as being able to construct consistently amazing songs. Still not a fan of him as a vocalist or lyricist though, so it's a good thing this has loads of guest features on it. Also, the last three tracks could get cut and it would make the album better in my opinion.

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Parts of this were much better than I remembered, and others were very "Kanye 1.0" (which I found a little grating at the time, and more now).

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Not my thing but very listenable… brash US pop.

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Funny and charming, with memorable moments.

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Love this. Had never paid attention to Kanye west before- not sure why. This is fun, innovative, fresh hip hop.

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The man is conceited and thinks he is way better than he is. I’ve rated other albums pretty low, but I will say this is a pretty great listen.

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Despite only being two years after Ye's album in 2008, MBDTF feels like it was a decade in the making. The production has a perfect blend of stuff that we love him for, like using his own voice to make a guitar riff on the end of "Runaway" like on 808sAHB or sampling vocals on "Devil In A New Dress". The cover art is interesting, because it might be the most iconic one on a Ye album. Kanye Bear is iconic, but the fact that the cover is mostly censored makes this more iconic while thinking of it. This album is packed of features, and it can either be a blessing or a curse. For example, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross and Kid Cudi kill it on the retrospective tracks that that are on, however some features just leave me with a bad taste in my mouth I feel like they could've removed JAY-Z's verse from "Monster", because it feels like he didn't understand what the track was even about. Chris Rock ruins the would-be-great "Blame Game", since the joke runs out if you just repeat it. My favourite track would have to be "POWER". I know that it is a bit overplayed, but the fact that it took over 1 000 hours just shows how dedicated Ye was to get respect back from the industry after they painted him as an asshole after the VMAs incident. My least favourite track would have to be "All Of The Lights". The track has like a thousand features on it, and I don’t think that anyone really sounds good on it except for Rihanna. 8/10

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Another great sounding hip hop record. I really had no idea how talented Kanye West is. Yes the record is too long but I hardly notice because each song real substance and stands on its own as a piece. The longer songs never wear out their welcome. A testament to his inate ability to keep things flowing and accessible. 4 🌟

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I thought I was going to hate it.

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Good until the times when it gets really weird and self-indulgent. Then it *really* loses me. But overall good.

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B

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Music was surprisingly good. I was able to enjoy it despite not really being into rap all that much. The themes, however, were often questionable. Due to the latter, I probably wouldn't feel comfortable listening to it again.

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Power - норм, Runaway - шедевр. Остальное - ну такое

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I liked this Kanye West west album. It featured many rappers that went on to become successful.

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такое

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Not my favorite Kanye album. It's got two or three great songs and several...not so great. Compared to say Graduation, it's not his best.

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Some really good beats. Some really bad singing. Some mediocre rapping haaaaaaaaah.

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It's pretty good but I am not one of those people who views Kanye as a genius. Monster is a great track, but it's because of Nicki Minaj

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What else do you want?

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debo decir que me sacó de onda el sampleo de Ironman pero ya en la segunda vuelta de algunas rolas la escuche mejor y hasta me gustó, odio que los raperos tengan miles de participaciones y odio a la minaj. Power, Runaway, hell of a life son unas joyas y lost in the world es un verdadero poema de pocas frases le doy un 3.5 solo por esas rolas

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Tuve que escuchar este disco dos veces para “entenderle” bien. La primera vez me aburrió un poco y no le presté la atención adecuada. El disco tiene arreglos musicales interesantes y supongo que fue innovador en el género. Me agradó mucho la canción de “Monster”. Le pongo esta calificación porque algunas canciones se me hicieron tediosas.

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Yeh it was fine

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Bangers, but also misogynistic 😔

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eeeeeh.

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Esta decisión es muy complicada. Creo que se escucha muy muy bien, tiene mezclas muy bien logradas y coros muy bien utilizados. Creo que hay una clara división en el disco: una mitad trata de que él es un fuera de serie y la gente está contra él y él todo lo puede y no tiene que pedir perdón y él es el mejor y él y él y él y él y él y él. Para decir eso no necesita 34,081 palabras dichas por 18 personas, creo que se entiende el mensaje. La otra mitad es un poco más variada (pussy + relaciones disfuncionales), bueno, no tanto, pero al menos deja ver una parte más humana del autor porque aunque cambia el discurso todo-lo-puedo a todas-mías (pequeña variación) al menos ya habla de alguien con fallas. Creo que es un disco increíble de 45 minutos metido en 68 minutos complicados de aguantar, no por falta de talento, sino que es repetitivo. Para mi es un 3.5 porque quizá vuelva a escuchar un par de canciones pero no me quedaron muchas ganas de escucharlo decir "yo" otra vez, además de que creo que ahora me cae un poco más mal. Tracks: Runaway, Power, Lost in the world, All of the light

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Not really my thing, but better than I remember.

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Verstehe den Hype. Teile ihn nicht.

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3 - Bisher keinen Zugang zu KW gehabt, außer zu den Hits. Find es not bad at all.

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maybe 1 good song

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Tolle Produktion und ich liebe das Klavier, das überall auftaucht. "Runaway" der größte Ohrwurm in dieser Geschichte hier, "Power" auch ein Kracher. Im Grunde auf Höhe mit dem Eminem-Album. Aber wenn ich mal locker Herrn Diedrichsen herbeizitieren darf und die Popfrage schlechthin stelle: was ist das für ein Typ, was will der, find ich den sympathisch?, dann sackt das doch ordentlich ab. Mein Morrissey des Rap.

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A couple of bangers on this album but other than them it’s pretty bad. What is it with really long shitty intros on every song which make no sense at all. 3/5

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Okay I wasn't expecting to like this but it was really good?? Up through Monster I thought it was great but I took one star off bc it was so long

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Now that I've taken the time to properly listen to this album I feel like I understand why Kanye West is thought of as epic, I definitely thought this album was epic. I found some of the lyrics difficult though which gave me some cognitive dissonance. But yeah glad I had this experience.

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Zitten best leuke stukken tussen, jammer dat Kanye meedoet. Ik kan dat verongelijkte hoofd niet wegdenken.

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I think I like this... I think.

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Some good tunes, some awful tunes.

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Wasn’t really getting super into this until Monster. That song is dope as fuck.

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Very well put together and an impressive roster of featured artists. POWER is the standout but love the autotuned harmonies on Lost in the World. Unfortunately much of the album lacked the oomph which would make me want to listen again.

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Not bad

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Das ist die Kanye Zeit, die ich wohl verpasst habe. Zum ersten Mal gehört. Leider nicht so überzeugend, wie seine früheren Alben. Trotzdem noch spannende Elemente und Mischungen. Drei Punkte, weil er ein Depp ist.

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I quite enjoyed this but lost interest during the profane sex and "gangster" sections. Not what I was expecting - musically diverse. 3.5 out of 4

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THIS IS BAD BRAINS - I AGAINST I

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euh jsp j'ecoute pas les paroles :) avril 14th aphex twin pub

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yeah this is smooth. A couple of songs I like, but i dont feel like listening through it again.

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I like it, overall. Every element of his songs on the album sounds very good.

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Overrated. Cringe lyrics.

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The highs of monster were cancelled out by "Yeezy reupholstered my pussy"

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I don't see it for most of the album but a couple stand out

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Would give 3.5

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Kanye's music largely passed me by in a blur over the last decade, so I'm pleased this was the first 1001 album recommended to me. It challenged me to dip into the Kanye archive post-College Drop Out/ Late Registration. Aside from 'All of the Lights' which I'd have had to have been living under a rock to avoid, there's essentially nothing on this album I recognise. Of course there's the unmistakable scattering of auto-tune vocals from Justin Vernon, the Bon Iver electronica, the customary hip hop sampling of Sabbath's Iron Man and cameos in a volume akin to an Adam McKay movie. But in terms of hit singles, radio airplays and stuff that might've seeped into my subconscious...nothing. Says more about me than the album, of course. But I've so often been put off Kanye's music by the hyperbole and absurdity that goes along with its release. In a way, this album reinforces my preconceptions. Everything about it screams 'Kanye', from the production to the occasional but desperately dumb lyrics. "Let's have a toast for the douchebags..." being a prime example. "I sent this bitch a picture of my d**k..." being another. In fact, ultimately what I realised is that I mostly like everything on this album that's not Kanye. Jay-Z brings some calm and class to two back to back tracks in the middle; RZA brings some proper hip hop flow. Vernon brings some quality and production innovation, whilst Sabbath bring a nod to heavy metal and even Nicky Minage brings...something. But Kanye just feels like the awkward and unnecessary spare wheel; which is quite the feat given it's his album. He's like the rich kid who's paid all his classmates to come on holiday with him. They'll all have a good time dining out at his expense whilst he spends the entire week whinging. Kanye's self-awareness has become beyond parody, and you can definitely hear and feel where the genesis for all that started in this album. I hope College Drop Out is in the 1001 list because I'd sooner be listening to and writing about that album.

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Musically pretty good. Good production value a lot of good use of instruments and effects. Songs are pretty mediocre with rich people talking crap about other rich people. Not rally my thing 2.5

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5 for music 0 for Ye

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Ah, disappointing. I find Kanye the most entertaining when he’s producing garbage and telling me it the greatest music ever made. This was reasonably good. Not genius, but reasonably good. At least it’s not Chipmunk Crap or vocodered to hell. This guy is a joke to me, I would love to tell him that. 🤡🤡🤡

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Runaway and Power are the high points. Hard to separate the man from the art.

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Surprisingly enjoyed more than I thought

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I don't like Kanye's personality but I have to admit that this album had some good production on it. But I enjoyed the guest singers' voices more than his own.

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Hate to say it, but its sort of nice listening on the side.

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rap is really not my thing, but this was a solid album. Devil in a dress and Runaway were my favorites, great songs, really liked them. Monster was also fun.

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Just not into it.

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É desses discos de rap, pop, essa coisa que eu não sei bem onde começa e onde termina, mas que é bom, massa de ouvir no fone. vale a pena dar mais uma olhada com calma, descobrir as músicas mais mais. Destaques para: Runaway, POWER e Blame Game.

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Never listened to Kanye before. Really Good beats and i enjoy melodic line of the rhymes. lyrical content i mostly ignored, didn't really interessted me.

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Honestly, many Kanye songs are absolutely re-listenable. But while on some days this might be closer to a 3.5 for me, it got bumped down half a star because I have trouble reconciling his belief in his own genius with lyrics like this: "'Cause the same people that tried to black ball me forgot about two things, my black balls"

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I’m firmly in camp 808s/Graduation, but this is also good. The features range from great (“Monster,” “Runaway”) to weird (“Lost in the World”), but the production is exceptional throughout. Kanye’s eccentricity is on full display here, bursting out in some great rhymes and ambitious creativity, but it’s a maybe a little too much “out there” for my tastes. I don’t see myself coming back to this. 2.5

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I used to find Kanye as a whole, and this album in particular, highly overrated. Despite his numerous attempts to make me discredit him over the years, though, I have really grown to appreciate his earlier work. I still struggle a little with this one, though, but I’ll admit that it’s mostly overhype. But there are definitely tracks here that I think stand among his best, ie Monster, All of the Lights. I remember being bugged by him sampling King Crimson and Sabbath, but those also work very well. Gonna go with a C. It’s a little all over the place for me.

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West has more of a reverence for his words and story telling than many of his genre peers. He makes the songs thoughtful. As someone who is not necessarily a fan of rap, I nonetheless enjoyed this

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Better than I though it was going to be

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Some good beats, clearly setting a template for a lot of what we're still hearing now. Big stars too. He's an angry dude though, lost his sense of humour when he got successful

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3.5 / maybe change if i listen to more rap

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Kjánalegt nafn á þessari plötu. Hún rennur annars ágætlega, ekki leiðinlegt en ég þarf ekki að hlusta aftur.

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Yeezy’s production and beats are undeniably meticulous. His rapping is OK, but he’s no lyrical genius and there are some really lazy lines, the most glaring one being the ‘pussy in a sarcophagus, bruised her oesophagus’ line on ‘Monster’. Just cringe. The guest rappers and artists are better and provide most of the album’s highlights. Overall though, I find MBDTF way too bloated and self-indulgent to be considered a classic in my book.

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I am not a Kanye fan but this was mostly good.

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The first time I’ve ever listened to Kanye West with any real interest, and it was ok. Some songs were good, some songs were bad. Don’t see myself actively going back to it.

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As rap goes, this is very good, but I really don't like rap at all.

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Great samples and production, but still felt rather soulless.

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Too much swearing for me, but good beats

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Was totally not digging it at first, and not just because of the usual stupid hip hop clichés. By the end I had laughed a bit, but all in all I wasn't very impressed and don't get why some people think this record (or Kanye himself) is so great.

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A couple of great moments, but a difficult album to get through for me. Sorry Ye - a headache of a record to my ears.

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Not a fan of rap, some parts of the songs were okay but at some point in a song I just ending up skipping.

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Fuck this scumbag. Hard pass

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Todo lo que le pude agarrar de gusto a Eminem con un disco diez años más viejo no existe en este disco de Kanye. Encima, el contexto de ser el disco que hizo cuando superó su berrinche contra Taylor Swift y, bueno, ser Kanye… No me gusta el autotune y siento que esto fue de lo primero en ponerlo de moda. Runaway es de las rolas que medio me pasan.

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Totaal niet mijn muzieksmaakt, wel leuke samples gebruikt in de nummers

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Trying too hard mate.

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So this is apparently Kanye deliberately taking a "maximallist" approach, and it really doesn't work for me. For every element of a song I like, there'll be two or three more annoying elements jammed in. "Blame Game" samples Aphex Twin? Awesome! Oh, it has a 2 minute long Chris Rock skit embedded in it? ಠ_ಠ Fave track - I dunno, "Gorgeous" maybe. I should probably give this 3 stars, but I'm deducting one because Kanye's obnoxious in a way that doesn't entertain me...

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I appreciate it, i just don't like it.

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Rollo patatero. La primera canción me suena un poco.

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Not my cup of mud, brother

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Well, gotta give credit where credit is due for rhyming "parents" with "seance". There were parts of it I thought sounded good, but it just dragged on, and so much of it was just Kanye talking about how cool he was by all his cool names. Which isn't to say there weren't plenty of lyrically interesting sections, but I don't really want to investigate them enough to relisten. Tough call between a 2 and a three on this one, and it probably would have scored higher if it had been shorter.

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Yes very good, though... most of the highlights are from other rappers/musicians (Nicki in Monster is probably the best sounding part of this album) so still don't really get what the big whoop is about this guy?... only 50% (guessing?) of the lyrics/ stories are written by Kanye on here... and for good reason. Do not rate this guy as a lyricist at all. Some of his content is definitely good, but some is just awfully crass and bigotry.... Hell of a Life - haha What is this? *Hell of an Ego, am I right?? Anyway, it is just not executed well either way. Musically, this deserves more than a 2, but I just can't stand this guy. Makes me fucking sad that this is the most famous musician in the world (is it?). Fighting for one minority while trashing another isn't my idea of a great artist, that's for sure.

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Ni un brillo la voz del tipo, pero me agrada el ritmo

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It’s hard to be objective on this one as I think Kanye is a massive cunt and none of his recent albums come close to College Dropout and Graduation but there’s some absolute bangers hidden in here such as Power, All of the Lights, Gorgeous and Runaway. I remember Monster being a big hit but after listening to it back, it’s just awful commercialised Poprap. Gorgeous is criminally underrated and Kid Kudi deserves more respect than he gets. All in all, 3/4 good tunes doesn’t push the MBDTF ranking much higher. If I was allowed to, I’d give it a 2.5 for reasons above.

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There are parts of the album that are very good and it's certainly well produced, but there are some massive horrors in there, which perhaps point to a troubled mind. I liked Monster and So Appalled.

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Kanye ookwadandersdoen?

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I am just starting and am not a huge fan of Kanye at the start....but this album is very solid.

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First Listen. Very good. Like to hear more. Low 2/5 for now. Standout is Runaway. This is an amazing song, start to finish. I think I may have heard it before, because it sounded familiar but when it started I was totally focused on it the whole time.

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Not as bad as I thought it would be, but still hip hop and I don’t overly enjoy the genre. 2

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Veel over deze artiest gehoord, maar dat was niet allemaal positief ;-). Ik had nog nooit een liedje van hem gehoord. Dit album begint heel verrassend met melodieuze zang, maar gaat al snel over in rap. Jammer. Toch zijn er af en toe leuke refreintjes waardoor het album goed te luisteren is. **

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I didn’t hate this as much as I was expecting to hate it. Didn’t like it much either though. 2 stars.

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Self indulgent and boring. An hour of listening to someone navel gaze that we will not get back.

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I like this better than I did in high school, but that's a low bar... I do enjoy parts of "All the Lights" and "Power"

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I expected to hate this, but it was okay in the end. It did completely outstay its welcome though.

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overrated

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Too self-indulget, too slow, and WAY TOO LONG. I've tried, because people say he's a genius, to "get" Kanye. But I just don't get him, I don't understand the appeal of the music. I liked the songs POWER and Monster. So there were a couple of bright spots on the album. Wasn't a fan, and/or activly hated the rest.

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Love hip-hop but 80s and early 90s

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I’m not a fan. Not my go to choice music but gave it a chance to listen through. I found the vocals and voice had to listen to, and whilst musically there certainly were high points, there were too many low one for me. Can see why it may be popular though.

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Not a fan.

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If you don’t listen to the lyrics, this is an incredible, multi-dimensional album with such creative sound. But, I hate the lyrics. Can you separate the dancer from the dance?

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Schon kreativ und abwechlungsreich, am interessanten fand ich eigentlich alles was nicht der Rap vom Kanye ist (zb die Samples und die Gastrapperinnen, vor allem Nicki Minaj auf Monster). Zeitweise aber auch längen drinnen.

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Wenn man sich den Gesang wegdenkt ist es besser, aber trotzdem nicht so meins.

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Every time I hear n***** I hate a song. I'm an old fart who occasionally likes hip-hop, but I find it so cliched and repetitive, and that's the worst cliche. The second cliche is the name-checking that goes on with the intense self-interest that most of the lyrics feature. So far this is living up to the cliches. Cliche three is their hatred of women. "So Appalled" is the ultimate joke, with one of these idiots busily yelling out, "F****** ridiculous, " as his contribution to art. The rest of them spout out whiny, misogynistic crap. Ok, I give up. I'm bored. I lasted 9 songs. Musically it is interesting, almost orchestral. Lyrically... they whine more than a faulty gearbox. I'm giving it two stars because one star means an album has nothing to recommend it. This has some good sounds. I wish they'd just shut up.

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More melodic than I expected but the loops and expletives ruin it for me.

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First time listening to Kanye West. Some of the instrumental is ok but I wouldn't listen again.

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Muza fajna, rapsy nie

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I’ve heard Kanye called and idiot-savant. I do not think he is a savant. I think the Bluetooth connection to my auto was wonky because there were two very long periods of silence when I listened. One was almost 5 minutes and the other was over 7. At first I was annoyed that Kanye thought these extended silences were artsy. What a waste of my time. Then I finally realized that I liked the silence more than his misogyny and lame ass suck my balls lyrics. Consolation prize: most of the beats are worth listening to.

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So torn here. I really like some of the MUSIC on this album. Did Kanye write it? He had some amazing musicians & producers working on it with him, so how much if the music is due to them and not him? On the other hand, I pretty much hate every word that comes out his mouth, and I’m gonna put that squarely on his egotistic, misogynistic, wacko shoulders. What a shame. What a waste.

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This album is like a perfect encapsulation of what an unfortunate mess of an artist and person Kanye is. I listened to "College Dropout" and "Late Registration" back in the day, but I don't think I listened to any Kanye after that except for the hits and singles. And now its been so long that I wonder if those early albums are as deeply flawed or if his mental health brought both his personal life and his professional work down dramatically. Because unlike hellyeah, I do think there are flashes of brilliance on "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." But the brilliance is absent from some songs, and when it is most brilliant it manages to squander said genius on the same track. "POWER" and "All of the Lights" have great foundations and hooks with the makings of all-time greats, but the execution just isn't there all the way through, with Kanye getting in his own way and messing up a good thing. Some of the other songs are just obnoxious from the outset, or overly long, or combination of the two. The album really seems just as bipolar as the man himself. And then I wondered if maybe that was the concept and it was all very intentional? But it turns out Kanye said "Dark Fantasy was my long, backhanded apology. You know how people give a backhanded compliment? It was a backhanded apology. It was like, all these raps, all these sonic acrobatics. I was like: 'Let me show you guys what I can do, and please accept me back. You want to have me on your shelves.'" An apology for being a jerk? An apology for veering away from his earlier sound on "808s?" Doesn't matter. I definitely didn't feel apologized to while listening. And an apology should maybe tone down the ego a bit? I know rap music is almost always going to have ego as an integral element, but the egomania was running wild from Kanye here. And as the "Yeezy taught me" segment with Chris Rock droned on and on, I was done. I wanted to give it 3 stars for a while to honor the brilliance that kept being squandered, but in the end I just can't.

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ehhh... it was ok.

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I've never really seen the appeal of Kanye. His public persona aside, his music has always just been kind of "meh" for me. Opening track, Dark Fantasy, does nothing to improve this; sounds like it was written and recorded by a 12 year old. There are some decent guest appearances, and a couple of good hooks, but overall I didn't really enjoy this.

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Starting out quite boring. It gets better with "all of the lights" and is really good with "Monster". However i liked the guest artists more than Kanye Wests performance. All in all great production with some great songs but (to me) far from a great album. Mind you, i'm usually not much into Hip Hop, allthough i liked n.w.a. a couple of days back.

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Queria ter a autoconfianca do Kanye West mas nao o "talento" dele

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Kanye West enemigo Taylor S

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literal shjit

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I like 99 rappers but Kanye ain't one. I remember hearing his first couple of albums and wasn't a huge fan. Then I heard this one, and I can at least observe there's some ambition, but it put me off listening to any more of his stuff. Interesting, I had this and Charles Mingus TBSATSL in close proximity: both have long titles, dark themes, and are explorations of the artist's tortured psyche. One is an artistic masterpiece and the other is mostly self-indulgent rubbish. On the plus side, I like some of the production on this, esp the early tracks. And I like Kanye's flow when he actually raps properly, which is really the first few tracks. The bad points are that this is a disorganised mess of an album with a million collaborators used as a substitute for overall design. Kanye's vocals disappear for the whole middle part of the album, and we have a sea of unenjoyable guest spots. For me, the worst element is the lyrics. I can't help but pay lots of attention to lyrics if they are present in a piece of music - it's just the way my brain works. In hip-hop especially, well-crafted lyrics are one of the main sources of greatness. Most of Kanye's are just toxic ramblings about his actual arsehole and also how much of an arsehole he himself is (but he's self-aware, so that makes it art). I even had a look at the AllMusic review to see what I'm missing here. Andy Kellman writes in his glowing 4.5* review, "As the ego and ambition swells, so does the appeal, the repulsiveness, and -- most importantly -- the ingenuity." Does it though?? "Whether loved or loathed, fully enjoyed or merely admired, this album should be regarded as a deeply fascinating accomplishment." Should it though?? I'm barely even interested in the personal lives of musicians whose work I love, so I'm really not sold on the idea of poring over the unenjoyable album of an egomaniac celebrity like it's a fascinating document. It's halfway to hot garbage. Edit: also, I don't require music to have a social message or agree with any of my own beliefs, but I also want to add that casual misogyny ruins many hip-hop albums for me. I don't have any time for it, and it makes me doubt whether I want to listen to this person talking for the next 40-50 mins. (Or in Kanye's case, 70 mins.)

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2/10

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Two Kayne albums in 5 days? No thanks "random" generator.

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Horrible horrible horrible

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Well, let's see how much of this I can stomach. I'm not really inclined to separate my feelings for this egotistical asshole from his music. Honestly, had no one ever heard experimental music before? Go listen to some Nurse, or Coil, or SPK, or Lustmord, or any of a thousand bands who did this long before Kanye showed up. I'd give this overhyped pile of crap less than one star if I could.

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not my thing. Kanye West is a bit of an idiot. I liked one song.

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It's hard for me on this one to separate the art from the artist. It just seems like a long album of self indulgent narcissistic ramblings.

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no way - don't even try to listen

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Strong reject.

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Sorry, no. I tried but it's just horrible.

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Gawd awful drivel, incessant drone, and pretentious barely begin to describe this work of a genius.

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Bleh

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I hate Kanye. I hate everything about him, everything he has ever done, and that feeling will never change. He is a garbage human being and a terrible musician. The world is a worse place for his existence. "It's a Wonderful Life" but in reverse.

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Yeah this sucks. Monster is about the only decent song, perhaps since it barely feature Kanye.

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never.

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Brought back some good memories

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One of my favorites

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Enjoyed it

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