I’ve never really liked Kanye West. By that I mean both his music and him as a person. Neither really appealed to me and all his stunts from ’09 only confirmed the feeling. There were certainly a lot of laughs had at his expense. Then something very interesting happened. HeÂ disappeared. No new music. No new scandals. Nothing. When news surfaced of his self-imposed exile in Hawaii where he was working on a new direction for both his music and his public persona, I was intrigued. When he started releasing a free track every week with his GOOD Friday project, I was impressed. However, when I heard first single “Power” I wasÂ disappointed. It seemed he wasn’t going to be bringing anything special to the table. Then I heard “Monster” (above) and was blown away. We all were, but for me it was a tangible moment. The moment when I realized that I may be underestimating Kanye West. Before long I was watching his stunning 35 minute mini-film and album-teaser Runaway (below) and soon after found myselfÂ addicted to the rousing “All Of The Lights” (below) and it’s fantasticÂ arrangements. At this point I was officially stoked to hear the album.
Finally sinking my ears into My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy it quickly became clear thatÂ Kanye West is a contradiction. In so many ways he just shouldn’t work. He is too much of this, or not enough of this, or says too much of that. It’s what makes him such anÂ irresistibleÂ public figure. He is simultaneouslyÂ ridiculous, entertaining, and somehow kinda fresh.Â And that is exactly what Fantasy is. Nicki Minaj introducing opening track “Dark Fantasy” with a Roald Dahl quote in a British accent shouldn’t work, but it does. Jay-Z saying that his only weakness is “looooove!” on “Monster” shouldn’t work, but it does. The near 4 minuteÂ instrumentalÂ outro to “Runaway” shouldn’t work, but it so does. The “fuck with the lights on” breakdown in the middle of “Hell Of A Life” shouldn’t work, but it does (and he has a good point). The Chris Rock skit at the end of “Blame Game” shouldn’t work (I hate rap album skits), but it really does. The list goes on. Kanye’s experiment with minimalism on 2008’s 808s and Heartbreak (recorded in 2 weeks!) has been followed up with an experiment in maximalism and the result is undeniable. Well, one could deny it, a lot of Kanye haters are. But that’s a shame, cause they will miss out on a damn good album. There is no better time to open your mind to Kanye West.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2010/12/My-Beautiful-Dark-Twisted-Fantasy.jpeg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2010-12-13 01:50:512011-04-10 20:43:59[LP] KANYE WEST unleashed a MONSTER that should be maxing ALL OF THE LIGHTS on everybody's equalizer