Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


5.0
classic

Review

by jammaking USER (8 Reviews)
April 20th, 2013 | 55 replies | 2,594 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Kanye West: deservedly arrogant.

3 of 7 thought this review was well written

It’s fair to say Kanye West has caused quite a bit of controversy in his time; from insulting America’s favourite folk princess to effectively calling its former president a racist, he has undoubtedly upset his fair share of people. On top of this, his arrogance is totally unrivalled and his frequent on-stage outbursts make even the mere idea of seeing him live almost unbearable. It’s remarkably easy to forget about the music this man is creating and write him off as just another talentless, materialistic mainstream rapper due to his personality – unfortunately, this impression could not be more wrong.

You see, everything about this album is beyond huge; the juxtaposition between the effortlessly massive, swaggering opener [i]Dark Fantasy[i] and the beautifully vulnerable and revealing closer [i]Lost in the World[i] perhaps best highlights what makes this album such a masterpiece – that, surprisingly, Kanye West understands when to tone down his arrogance and when to use it to his advantage. For example, on songs such as Power and Monster his superciliousness is clear in the lyrics – [i]“everybody knows I’m a mother*****ing monster”[i], for instance - yet instead of coming across as abrasively egotistical, Kanye West manages to convey his overconfidence as vitality and achieves what most mainstream rappers at: making it an enjoyable listen.

At the other end of the spectrum, you have songs like the aforementioned [i]Lost in the World[i] and [i]Blame Game[i], where Kanye West’s conceited facade disintegrates and you see an exposed, emotional musician. Perhaps the most powerful of these quieter moments is the nine minute long epic, [i]Runaway[i]. What makes this song particularly remarkable is that when watching Kanye West speak, he comes across as having the emotional maturity of a 5 year old, yet at points in this song he sounds as if he has the self-understanding and honesty of an experienced guidance counsellor.

Due to its extremely long track length and fundamental simplicity, in the hands of a lesser producer [i]Runaway[i] could easily be perceived as a pretentious, tedious ballad – yet because of its heartfelt production it manages to captivate for its entirety. In fact, glancing down the track listing and seeing an average of about 6 minutes per song and almost every track having a guest star, you would be forgiven for expecting the result to be a disaster. However, the songs never come across as elongated or dreary and the multiple guest spots seem to serve their purpose to support Kanye West only, and they never steal the show from him nor come across as awkwardly out of place.

So, when listening to [i]My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy[i], try to forget all preconceptions. Close your eyes and put the tantrums and the narcissism out of your mind and just listen to the music. And who knows, maybe you too will come to the conclusion that Kanye West’s arrogance isn’t [i]totally[i] unfounded.



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jammaking
April 20th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

sorry, just realised how badly written this review is :P

Cygnatti
April 20th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

lots a coding errors here

DegausserGuernica24
April 20th 2013



1134 Comments


*deservingly

toxin.
April 20th 2013



12191 Comments


lol [/i] should end your italics.

Gwyn.
April 20th 2013



14990 Comments


You didn't get a single "[i]" formatting correctly



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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2013



49971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Clan in the front, let your feet stomp
Niggas on the left, brag shit to death
Hoods on the right, wild for the night
Punks in the back, come on and attract to

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Spec
April 20th 2013



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

gay album

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Gwyn.
April 20th 2013



14990 Comments


rappers at


Think you mean "fail at"

Besides that, the summary (Deservingly), and the formatting, this is a pretty good review

Fix all of that and I'll pos

Cygnatti
April 20th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

amazing album

cinaedus
April 20th 2013



26447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

pretty good ye

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breakingthefragile
April 20th 2013



2954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Are you reffering to Taylor Swift when you say "America's folk princess?" Because uh...

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2013



49971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Why the fuck does Kanye proclaim to have a "Nas type flow" when his flow couldn't be farther from the rubik's cube style?

Gwyn.
April 20th 2013



14990 Comments


Pretty sure he says "Nice flow"

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2013



49971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nah it's Nas fool check Rapgenius


jammaking
April 20th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Aaaaah yeah thanks, Ill edit it

Cygnatti
April 20th 2013



21349 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

"Nah it's Nas fool check Rapgenius"

Yeah, I don't get why he said that either. There's no way he said nice because he pronounced it with a long z sound.

"Are you reffering to Taylor Swift when you say "America's folk princess?" Because uh..."

Should be America's *country (pop) princess.


Gwyn.
April 20th 2013



14990 Comments


Yeah, I don't get why he said that either. There's no way he said nice because he pronounced it with a long z sound.


According to Rapgenius that's reminiscent of Common's song "southside" which Kanye was in, so maybe he's referring to that

jammaking
April 20th 2013



5 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Can't edit on my phone I'll do it when I go on the computer ._. Sorry for the formatting errors/mistakes/general crapness- haven't written a review in months and havent really slept :p

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2013



49971 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Kanye West has shit lyrics, but even he's not boring enough to just say he has nice flow

Spec
April 20th 2013



27102 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Kanye West has shit *music.



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