November 22, 2010
Thirteen tracks and nearly 70 minutes of sheer listening pleasure, Kanye West ushered in a new decade with a masterpiece. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is Kanye’s fifth studio album & hailed an instant classic. Ye made his presence known through stellar production, elevated rapping, all while revealing the many layers of him. The journey to perfection wasn’t done alone. West flew Hip-Hop heavyweights to Hawaii where he was recording. Artists like Jay-Z, Pusha-T, Raekwon, RZA, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Swizz Beatz, Rick Ross, Bon Iver, and Prynce Cy Hi all, made stellar appearances, but the Bell of the ball was Rap Queen of the decade Nicki Minaj, delivering her most celebrated guest feature to date.
I chose this album because it’s special. I remember being in college and making my friend drive me to Best Buy to purchase it. MBDTF had a lot of hype built up around it and for good reason. I tore the plastic off, exposing the shiny red cover and popped it into the CD player, perfection- debate your mother!