Thursday, December 23, 2010
ALBUM REVIEW: Kanye West's "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"
Exhibit A: "Devil in a New Dress," where he basically says that he thinks he should get sex with lyrics like "I mean a nigga did a lot of waiting / We aint married / but tonight I need some consummation."
Exhibit B: "Blame Game," where he sums up the dissolution of a relationship. At 5:15, he gets Chris Rock to gripe and riff about how ungrateful the girl is despite how much he gave her and taught her.
The other tracks I enjoyed were the ones that had clever lyrics and great collaborations.
"So Appalled" has that Dark Knight feeling, as he rhymes about how a person can die a hero or live long enough to see themself become the villain, which I thought was pretty deep. My favorite lyrics are when he says "If god had an iPod, I'd be on his playlist," because it's classic ego-driven Kanye, and "I keep bitches by the twos—Noah's ark," because it's great wordplay.
"Hell of a Life"
I just like the part where he says "We headed to hell / for heaven sakes / Well, imma levitate / make the devil wait."
"Monster" features Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, & Bon Iver
This track has the best collaboration. I surprisingly didn't enjoy Jay-Z's contribution, but I did love the track's intensity.
"Lost in the World" bleeds into "Who Will Survive in America," a poem written and performed by Amiri Baraka, which caps off the album's theme of how America's claim of being the Land of the Free and a free-thinking nation is straight up bullshit.