Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” (2010): This is one of the best albums ever made. Yes I know this is a very bold statement, but I am willing to stand by it.
MBDTF is one of the most grandiose albums ever made for the rap genre, with help from every artist Kanye could fly to Hawaii for the creation of this masterpiece (Beyonce, Kid Cudi, Pusha T, you get the message). It was a bold move at the time putting Nicki Minaj as the first voice you hear on the project, but it panned out perfectly. She has a raw, sinister voice that opens up Kanye’s dark fantasy.
Immediately after the perfect opening track, you get a classic consisting of Kid Cudi and Raekwon. Each Artist does their thing perfectly to get their point across. Even though it is a six minute song, you never get bored of it. Cudi’s melodic chorus hooks you from the get go, Kanye and Raekwon’s verses were brought together perfectly with beautiful production and appealing lyrics to any listener. Most songs on this album are over five minutes, but you never lose interest. Songs like “Power”, “All of the Lights”, “So Appalled”, “Blame Game”, and “Runaway” are standout songs that propel this album into classic territory. Monster is what pushes the album over the edge. Kanye collaborates with all-timers like Jay Z and Rick Ross to make an aggressive track, but they weren’t even the highlight. A unproven Nicki Minaj gave us the verse of the decade on this track. It was the aggressive delivery and near perfect bars that hooked me. Even though it was now almost ten years ago, this verse is still the reason I put Nicki over Cardi B (despite Cardi’s recent success).
After everyone expected him to be done with music after the Taylor Swift incident, he proved everyone and their mothers wrong. Yeezy reinvents himself a second time to release a near perfect album.
Top 4 Songs: Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver), Gorgeous (feat. Kid Cudi & Raekwon), So Appalled (feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi, Swizz Beatz & RZA), All of the Lights.