Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye’s new album, released today, is quite good. It’s absurdly obscene and crude lyrically, but musically it’s really really good. I’m not going to go into much detail, because I’ve just given it one listen, but so far I think it’s great.

Kanye recently said he ranked himself among the top 6 rappers of all time, and he wanted to work his way up that list. With this album, he’s certainly taking steps in the right direction.

Kanye West – Power

Kanye West – Runaway

13 responses to “Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  1. Kanye is a huge a-hole. He ranks himself among the top 6 of all time? Stop the presses!

    Further proof that extreme arrogance and disrespect to peers and fans doesn’t have the inverse relationship to talent it would in a perfect world.

  2. I really, really enjoy 90% of TSU. But every time something like Kanye Wests gets over-hyped by a respected music blog, I weep a little.

  3. Joe and Nick,

    I agree with you both. Kanye is a huge a-hole. He’s also overhyped (mostly by himself). But, before you judge, give the album a listen. It’s really really good.

    I’m not the biggest hip-hop fan, but I can tell good music when I hear it. This is good music. Hype, ego, and everything else aside, the album is good.

    Ariel

  4. I listened through most of the album and it happens to be pretty sweet. I would say however, that the strength of the album lies in the cool beats and music that Kanye rhymes over, but none of Kanye’s verses particularly blew me away.
    This album does NOT help Kanye take a step closer to becoming one of the best rappers of all time, but you could argue that he knows how to create some killer tracks and collaborate with other talented producers.
    I hope that Kanye makes an ass of himself again so he dissapears from the spotlight for another year or two. The world was a little more peaceful without him running his mouth and making absurd declarations.

  5. Makes sense that it’s the beats and music that contain the album’s strength; the man is a producer-turned-rapper, so brilliant lyricist he is not.

    I love that he makes an ass of himself. He know that his ego is out of control, and that’s part of his appeal. This is a guy who has an ego the size of Texas, and he almost lives up to it. Not entirely, but he comes pretty close. It’s like on The Blueprint, when Jay-Z rapped that he’s the best besides Biggie. You wanted to hate him for being so pompous, but he was right, so there was nothing to do.

    Regarding Kanye, I do agree that he’ll never be the best until he learns how to make his lyrics about things other than his own ego and sexual weirdnesses. But if he ever figures that out, he could be in line for status as one of the best.

  6. Kanye West: lyrical moron, producing genius. Musically speaking, even kind of classy.

  7. “Runaway” reminds me a lot of this Primitive Radio Gods song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJFtnuc5Y1g

  8. Love that song. From the BB King sample to the mention of Baltimore to the longest song name ever. Good stuff.

  9. After releasing 808s and Heartbreak, I don’t ever want to hear that Kanye could be considered one of the best ever. The best ever don’t embarass themselves like that. He is not an amazing rapper and sucks at singing even more. Even a heavy dose of autotuning couldn’t help his tone deaf voice.

    His latest record is still real good though.

  10. Interesting comparrison, though I’ve always thought Runaway sounded more like something from Massive Attack or Moby.

  11. Funny thing is, he DIDNT make an ass out of himself. LOL

    Rest of America is soft and doesn’t get it. To truly appreciate Kanye’s albums you need to be part of a special (I’d say niche, but that implies its a small group) group of intellectuals with shared interests…mostly congregating around detail oriented specifics/clothing/music/the rest of life.

    Its hard to explain to the average Kanye critic. His development is what is truly pushing him to a higher “ranking” artist…(i use ranking very loosely) but your criticism is at the same time very well understood…He’s not all the way there yet, but his spots of brilliance are bright as supernovas.

  12. Yes,Kanye is a bit too arrogant but you have to give it to him.the man is talented and has got mad beats and crazy wordplay.apart from eminem,he is the only rapper to have killed jay-z on all tracks they do together,thats excluding diamonds from seirra leaone.there is no point in hating someone that has clear talent.there are worse “rappers” out there such as soulja boy,lloyd banks,jim jones,cameron etc!