WHY "MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY" IS KANYE'S BEST ALBUM
With my anti-TLOP stance, it's time to remember him at his finest
- •The production is intricate, polished, and exceptional while retaining Kanye's rawnessDear god, is it well produced or what? I can't think of a better produced album in the past decade.
- •It had both quantity and qualityQuick; what's your favorite song on MBDTF? The correct answer is "Blame Game" which is beyond exceptional. But what's your second favorite? "Runaway" is great, "So Appalled" is good, "Monster"-- wait, totally it's "Monster." Okay, but "Power" is unabashedly dope and "Hell of a life" is lowkey terrific. If you have a soft spot for "Lost In The World" you're also right or the gritty fun of "Gorgeous" or Gil-Scott Heron on "Who Will Survive in America" and, wait! Beyoncé is on "See Me Now!"
- •I'm serious: unprecedented quality and quantity.Fuck you: did you forget about Good Friday releases were songs that didn't make MBDTF? And released for free leading up to it? They count. "Lord, Lord, Lord" featuring Mos Def is amazing, as is "The Joy" (a stellar song later repurposed, but I count it here). Christian Dior Denim Flow is dope, "Don't Stop" returns Lupe as he should be, "Chain Heavy" is good and fun as is "Christmas in Harlem" and "Looking for Trouble." All free! All bonuses to an already incredible album.
- •Nicki's verse on Monster changed rap foreverKanye gets the assist
- •"Blame Game" repurposed the idea of "funny rap skits" to something dark and beautiful and unique, potentially changing an annoying rap tradition forever
- •It's so goddamn good
- •Start with the Good Friday songs if you forgot themA quick Google will set you up with them.
- •Kanye has made some terrific albums. But this is his apex, the culmination of all his talents and dedication and maturity mixed with complex honesty for an unbelievable masterpiece we're still digesting years later
- •That's the Kanye I remember and love