Kanye West is currently my favorite artist on the face of the earth. He is ruthless, untouchable, and the best of the best. His lyrics are amazing, his style is impeccable and he is a man who does not give a f*%@. When he speaks, I listen. When he raps, I listen. When he sings, I listen. Everything he does is something special. His music is different. You experience a different way of living when you truly sit down and listen to what he raps about. For me, his music is something else.
In 2011, Kanye released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and personally it is my favorite album of all time. From the opening song to the final one, it was a masterpiece. The first song, Dark fantasy, immediately got me attached. Nicki Minaj starts with a lovely british accent as if she was telling a story. The chorus is as catchy as they come; “Can we get much higher?”. This song could have been an individual release and i would have loved it, but that was just the beginning. With songs like Gorgeous, that provide the world with a space aged sound, Power, that gives us a head bobbing track about leaders of the world, you are never left needing more but we keep on getting from Mr. West
After Power, we reach one of my favorite songs of all time. All of the Lights is just one of those songs. The instruments in the interlude are wonderful and after the violin and piano seduce you with their sounds for 1:02 you are brought back to the world of hip hop. The same sound from the interlude is now a song with the vocals of Rihanna and the lyrical assassin, Kanye West. Monster is the next track and brings you into a dark place. Rick Ross, Kanye, Nicki Minaj, and Jay Z all have verses that would make you think beyond belief.
Runaway, Blame Game, and Lost in the World are tracks that continue to put this CD over the top. Runaway is Kanye talking about his character flaws and issues in his life. the line “I’m so gifted at finding what I don’t like the most” shows what truly feels about himself and he is not just this alpha male who thinks the world of himself. this song is so basic and uses a piano so simply. Blame Game is a one that just became a favorite thanks to Kwasi. It is a slower and more meaningful song, talking about a dispute between 2 lovers. When thinking about relationships, this is the song to listen to. My favorite is Lost in the World. A song using Bon Ivers “Woods” as a sample that was about alienation. The tribal drums and lyrics are a great combination. It is followed up by the last track Who Will Survive In America. It is originally a speech/poetic piece by Gil Scott Heron, that talks of the African-American experience in America and the false idea of the American Dream.
At the end of it all, this is a CD that is untouchable like Mr. West himself. After the Taylor Swift incident, people realized Kanye wasn’t okay. This album showed the world that Kanye, even though he is a celebrity, is normal like the rest of us and people believe and appreciate the approach he took.