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[DISCUSSION] Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (10 Years Later)

On this day in 2010, Kanye drops My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

The culmination of self-imposed exile in Hawaii months after the infamous VMA incident, Kanye enlisted the help of a star-studded "Rap Camp" including the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce, RZA, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, among others. A Complex article detailing the creation process can be found here.

This album was preceded by "G.O.O.D. Fridays" with songs from these studio sessions dropping every week in anticipation of the project's drop. He then dropped a 35 minute film "Runaway" to accompany the album which included most songs off the project. It quickly debuted atop the Billboard 200 the following week and floored critics receiving rave reviews for what can be argued as his magnum opus. It went on to receive the Grammy for Best Rap Album in 2012.

10 years later, there's a lot to be said about what this album did for Kanye and where it sits in his career.

  1. Dark Fantasy (feat. Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor & Bon Iver)

  2. Gorgeous (feat. Kid Cudi & Raekwon)

  3. POWER (feat. Dwele)

  4. All Of The Lights (Interlude)

  5. All Of The Lights (feat. Rihanna, Elly Jackson, Kid Cudi, Fergie, Drake, Alicia Keys & Elton John)

  6. Monster (feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, Bon Iver & Charlie Wilson)

  7. So Appalled (feat. Jay-Z, Pusha T, CyHi The Prynce, Swizz Beatz & RZA)

  8. Devil In A New Dress (feat. Rick Ross)

  9. Runaway (feat. Pusha T)

  10. Hell Of A Life

  11. Blame Game (feat. John Legend)

  12. Lost In The World (feat. Bon Iver)

  13. Who Will Survive In America (feat. Gil-Scott Heron)

Points for Discussion

  • Where does this sit among his discography?

  • Is this album truly influential or is it just an amazing project on its own? Many claim it changed the sphere of hip-hop but how did it do so?

  • Favorite song here? Favorite beat?

  • Is this a classic album?

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