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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West

2010

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Album Summary

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the fifth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released by Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records on November 22, 2010, following a period of public controversy for West. Retreating to a self-imposed exile in Hawaii in 2009, he recorded the album at Honolulu's Avex Studio in a communal environment involving numerous contributing musicians. Additional recording sessions took place at Glenwood Place Studios in Burbank, California, and at Electric Lady Studios and Platinum Sound Studios in New York City. The album was produced primarily by West, alongside a variety of high-profile producers such as Mike Dean, No I.D., Jeff Bhasker, RZA, S1, Bink, and DJ Frank E. Critical commentaries note the resulting music's maximalist aesthetic and opulent production style that utilizes various elements from West's previous work, including soul, pop, baroque, electro, and symphonic sounds, as well as progressive rock influences. Thematically, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy explores West's status as a celebrity, consumer culture, race, and the idealism of the American Dream. Guest vocalists on the album include Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Bon Iver, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Elton John, and Raekwon. To help market the album, West released free songs through his weekly GOOD Fridays series and four singles – "Power", "Runaway", "Monster", and "All of the Lights" – all of which were top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100. West also released a musical short film, Runaway (2010), set to music from the album. In its first week of release, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and sold 496,000 copies, eventually registering three million units for a triple platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It has also been played at least one billion times through the music streaming service Spotify. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was an immediate and widespread critical success, and was named the best album of 2010 in many publications' year-end lists, including the annual Pazz & Jop poll of American critics nationwide. The album also won Best Rap Album at the 2012 Grammy Awards but was not nominated for Album of the Year, which was viewed as a "snub" by several media outlets. The album's hit single "All of the Lights" won Best Rap Song and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. Widely considered West's best album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has ranked in several professionally curated lists as the best album of the 2010s and among the greatest of all time according to NME and Rolling Stone. George Condo's accompanying artwork – illustrating West being straddled by an armless winged female (resembling a mythological figure) – has been ranked among the greatest album covers.

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Rating

3.62

Votes

4966

Genres

  • Hip Hop
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5

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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5

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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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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5

No one man should have all that power

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Taler for sig selv

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5

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

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5

-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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5

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

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

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5

It’s a classic!

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5

Bop after bop after bop

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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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5

Wow

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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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

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5

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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5

My God. After so many Gen X and Boomer nostalgia trips on this list there's FINALLY another Millennial one. It's been a while. As someone who personally dislikes Kanye West because I'm NOT a misogynistic psychopath, this is a great fucking album. don't get me started on all the pop culture drama (I was Team Taylor before it was cool, let's leave it at that), but in my opinion this was the last actually good album Kanye West put out there. And man, it made me realize how much I miss Kanye West making good music. Are there flaws in this album? Absolutely. The lyrics at times are inconsistent and clunky, there are like 14 writers on multiple songs, and at certain points West's fragile ego shatters the enjoyment of particular tracks. It's funny until it just becomes grating--the south Park Fish Dicks call-out was hilarious because holy shit you sensitive Trump voting snowflake, don't be so precious. But by the time he's bitching about a beef with SNL it's not funny anymore. But. BUT...the production here is incredible. The guest appearances are incredible. West HIMSELF admitted that Nicki Minaj had the best verse in Monster. Holy shit. Consider the source. And it's truly an album of powerhouse appearances: Jay Z with his signature gift for poetic inflection, Rick Ross with killer timbre and flow, even Kid Cudi with his trademark shredding backing tracks. And I say that as someone who fucking hates Kid Cudi as an artist and person (he's an abuser, Google it). John Legend was also there. Sorry, John, you got a little overshadowed. Besides being an album that I reluctantly love, MBDTF gets a strong five stars from me because POWER/All of the Lights/Monster is one of the best track sequences ever recorded. Pure audio perfection. And no track here is BAD, all are totally worth listening to more than once. I probably will. All of that said, I'm holding my nose to give this five stars. Fuck you, Kanye, for making such a good album before becoming a has-been. Fuck you for relentlessly, intentionally trying to destroy the career of a woman who has more songwriting talent in one finger than you do in your whole body. But look who has the last laugh. The culture hates you now and it's LONG overdue. Anyway, excellent album, garbage person. Would listen again, would rant again.

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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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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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Better than I though it was going to be

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3.5 / maybe change if i listen to more rap

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

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I'm generally not a Kanye fan, and I had low expectations. This was OK,if a little overlong

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Not a Kanye fan in the slightest but this album is by far his best in my eyes - the production is just brilliant - I think where it lacks for me is in the lyrics as I don't really care for them at all, and some songs (like the one with Chris Rock) drag on a bit too long for me, but I would probably happily relisten to this at some point and potentially rate it higher.

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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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I made it to track number 5, but this just wasn't for me. I'm not a fan of hip hop albums that tell the story of the artist's history. Especially when it's a backstory I have zero interest in.

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

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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

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

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5

I love this album

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5

An albums of 4 and 5 star songs = 5

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5

5/5 would listen again

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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

Classic

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5

-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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5

Just a classic Ye album

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5

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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5

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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5

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

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5

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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5

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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5

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

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

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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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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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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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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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Uma das obras primas de YE.

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5

The peak of Kanye's genius. Before he went full spiral. Love this album. Fav Tracks: "Dark Fantasy" "Runaway" "Power" "All Of the Lights" "Monster"

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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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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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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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LP

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Regrettably still amazing

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Exceptional

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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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5

This album probably has the best production I have ever seen in a hip hop album. So much care and attention has been made to each second, which is especially incredible considering the lengths of each song. Versatile samples and moods and many collabs keep each song new and exciting. On top of that, there is top-of-the-notch songwriting, with incredible performances by not just Kanye but most of the collabs. You have influences from many genres: RnB, classical, psychedelic, rock, folk, and jazz among others. Dark Fantasy: Straight away blowing us away with the grand production of this album. A repetitive invitive chorus that comes in and out seemingly randomly, even when you think the song is over. Lyrics show first egotistical signs, but there are also some funny and trippy lines, showing us we're in for a psychedelic experience as well. Gorgeous: Loving the Hendrix-esque guitar playing, the hazy voice filter, and the catchy chorus. Great rhymes and flow here but damn he really bitches a lot about how underrated he is, doesn't he? Songs fly by despite their length. POWER: Gives me goosebumps with the crazy production. Grand and confident. Creative use of the King Crimson sample. But he's mostly talking about how great he is again, what the hell? Is this every song? I like how he's able to blend spoken word and rnb singing styles so seamlessly during verses. Satisfying outro envelops you. All of the Lights: Back to back with another candidate for the best song of 2010. An incredible grand collaboration, super anthemic and powerful. I really enjoy the imagery. This and this next song has my favorite verses by collabs, even better than their own songs. Notable examples are Fergie in this and Nicki Minaj in the next. Monster: A fierce and creepy psychedelic track. Love the collabs here again, the overly dramatic styles fit them well, and I wish more songs were like this. I actually started to like Nicki Minaj for the first time, but honestly besides Super Bass this is probably her best performance. So Appalled: Yeezus, another major collab. Another eery track, the samples capture the hopeless dystopian mood and images. Love how defeated all of the rappers sound, especially in the closing "fucking ridiculous" lines. Devil in a New Dress: My personal favorite track and the most psychedelic. Love the dreamy voice and strings samples, with some beautiful accompanying lyrics by Kanye. Huge fan of the fuzzy Hendrix-esque guitar in the bridge, providing necessary peace and ambiance. The sudden end was nice, pulling the audience out of the trance. Runaway: The 9 minute ballad centerpiece. Still manages to fly by. My favorite verses by Kanye are here. Super emotional and powerful yet again. Really takes his time with this piece, never rushing anything. Hell of a Life: Sounds like it came off his previous album 808 and Heartbreak. Somehow the weakest yet still a great song with creative samples and synths, clever lines and subject matter, and superb production efforts. Blame Game: Another fantastic heartbreaking ballad, and I'm a fan of the strings. Huge fan of that long ending. Lost in the World: A song both fitting for Bon Iver's style and as a followup to 808 and Heartbreak. Cool and catchy with a powerful closer that flows into the closing spoken word track reminiscent of the 60s civil rights movements, with a cool afrobeat in the background. Grand way to end the album, although the clapping is pretty funny considering his ego.

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I hate the person but the sounds are so good, I can't resist.

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5

Good album! Touches on themes of decadence, self-indulgence, etc. One thing I will always give him credit for is his ability to take a critical look at himself and lay it bare.

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Runaway is perfection. Samples from all over the place. Love a bit of king crimson in there. Annoyingly good from a personality who is often insufferable.

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Light to decent 6. Prefs: Dark Fantasy, Gorgeous, POWER, All of the Lights, Monster, So Appalled, Devil in a New Dress, Runaway, Hell of a Life, Blame Game, Lost in the World Moins pref: le monologue de Blame Game.

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5

This is the album that actually got me into Kanye West. I wasn't really a big hip-hop fan before this came out. Now it's one of my favorite genres and I give credit to this album for that. This album is such an adventure. It feels so grand and alive. There's just something special about it. It's even a bit nostalgic now. I still love this record just as much today. 5 stars without hesitation.

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Cet album de Kanye est absolument stratosphérique, et ne fait pourtant pas partie de ses deux meilleurs albums. En effet, étant un pensionnaire des années 2010, certains des plus grands albums de Kanye ont dû être ejectés de la liste pour laisser place à une trentaine d'album d'indie, genre comme vous le savez très cher à Robert.

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Selon mes propres informations, c'est l'entourage de Robert qui a poussé pour que ce dernier intègre au moins un album sorti entre 2005 et 2015 n'appartenant pas à la catégorie indie dans son grimoire. Et quelle bonne idée.

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5

What an artistry! This is no ordinary hip hop album, this is a music album! Kanye is going places that I have never seen and imagined in this genre ever before! This album is proof that Kanye is just one of those guys that really can pull off anything, no matter how obscure or unorthodox the idea might be

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5

One of the best albums ever made. Period. Across all genres. Like it or not, this is on par with Pink Floyd or Beatles for great albums, not just with hip hop. The title track is as progressive as rap can be, the features are iconic, his production on this one may be his best. Captivating from beginning to end, and for me, the best he has ever done it.

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5

best songs: all 10/10

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Что сказать... 10/10

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One of my all time favorites

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5

Perfection

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5

Qu'est ce qu'il faut pas lire..

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5

the ultimate pump up experience. do not listen unless you're ready to break something or fuck something.

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5

Increíble! 100% recomendado

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A messy, bloated masterpiece from a truly unique artist at the top of his game. This really is Kanye at his most open, self-aware, and remorseful before he entered full dickhead era

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He may be a complicated figure, but damn this is amazing music

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qué decir de (en mi opinión) el mejor disco de uno de los artistas más influyentes y talentosos de la historia de la humanidad? lo he escuchado muchísimas veces y no termina de gustarme, es la obra maestra de ye, todo lo que le rodea es importantísimo para la música y el arte en general. "runaway": mejor canción de kanye, de las mejores canciones de la historia. en una palabra: histórico

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5

A strong epic album - more grand and self indulgent than his debut - but it’s way more mature in a strange way. With his self obsession in a way Kanye transcended himself - along the while making great music.

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5

Kanye’s best work without a doubt. The production on this is impeccable. The features make this special. This is where his craziness and his genius worked for him the best. Every song on this album is good at minimum. Most of them are great. One of the best hip hop albums ever and a fantastic one in general. 9.7/10

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5

Kanye best album, and a valid candidate for the best album of the 2010s this is a masterpiece, filled with gems of songs like Devil in a new dress and runaway. Monster has some of the best rap features ever with nick minaj giving a once in a lifetime verse. I love this album

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5

More than a decade after its release MBDTF still stands as a monolith of modern hip hop… Fuck it, modern music in general. If released today it would be just as fresh, progressive and impressive as it was 12 years ago. Best: Dark Fantasy / POWER / All of the Lights / Runaway

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5

"Can we get much higher?" Probably not. The production and sampling alone is worth 5/5.

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5

Epic

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5

Baby I got a plan runaway as fast as you can

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5

Evo ga, evo taj album koji me je vratio da budem fan ovog gospodina neuračunljivog. Ovaj album sam prije 12ak godina slušao nemilo, a i godine kasnije. Zadnje dvije godine nisam nešta posebno, ali znam da je album vrh i ne spominje se ovaj album bezveze maltene svagdje kad se ide rejtat nešta, a pogotovo njegova diskografija. Neću duljiti, bio i osto top od albuma.

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5

Kanye 2024.

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5

Jeezey kableezy, Mr. Yeezy

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5

I’m completely biased but this is like my top 5 albums of all time. Runaway and devil in a new dress are masterpieces in music. Kanyeezy you did it again, you a genuis.

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5

Not listened to any rap or hip hop before but this was amazing and the production was fantastic. An essential record.

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5

What a way to restart the project. Although not my favourite Kanye album, it's still probably his best, and practically perfect. Really funny in places, catchy, good for a workout, good for introspective thought, good for a party... it's just really good. First run of 5 tracks is incredible, next three v good but not for me, RUNAWAY, and a solid stretch to close.

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5

the ultimate game changer 10/10

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5

Goat album

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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

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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4

Verrassend goed, kende natuurlijk wel al wat nummers

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4

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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4

“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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4

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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4

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

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4

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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4

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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4

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

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