Ayo whattup yall back in the presence of the illustrious Volcano Hands aka the mighty Hands of Zeus aka Galaxy Knuckles aka Phantom Raviolis the great aka Shampoo Bracelets the panty melter aka the super supreme Divine Snowcones aka Broccoli Bundles aka Spartacus Deluxe etc etc…nahmean. So yo…today marks the 3rd anniversary of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy aka MBDTF aka Kanye’s 5th studio album. Three years aint exactly a milestone or nothin but I aint never reviewed this shit or nothin when it dropped so Imma jus share my thoughts on it anyways namsayin.
Now when yall think Kanye its a lot of adjectives that be comin to mind n shit…a few of em would be like “arrogant” or “cocky” or “childish” or “egotistical” or “delusional” or “dickhead”…or what Obama done described as “a jackass”. But you might gon also use words like “provocative” or “honest” or “profound” or “confident” namsayin. And thats if you not een a fan of the nigga. If you ask a fan you probably gon hear the usual shit like “thoughtful” or “genius” or “misunderstood” or “misunderstood genius”… If you ask Kanye hisself you prolly hear words like “greatest artist of our times” or “legendariest muthafucka alive” or “the reincarnation of Leonardo da Vinci” or “the new Jesus” or “the universe in human form” or some shit like that. The truth is he all those things…except the shit Kanye be sayin.
It was a lot of muthafuckas who doubted this nigga Kanye. After a while…shit like that can cause niggas to develop whats called a “false sense of confidence” (see Consequence the rapper) or some kinda artificial ego or like a protective coating on they feelings nahmean. This shit musta happened to the nigga Kanye at like the age of 11 months n shit cuz I swear son was born thinkin he had to prove he was a direct descendant of the Messiah from the beginning b. The nigga either aint get enough hugs or positive reinforcement from the grown folks in his life or he mighta took some pretty devestatin blows to his character as a infant n shit that stayed wit him thru his childhood. Ionno if other infants in the nurseries was callin him “gay baby” or if he was gettin his pacifier snatched outta his mouth by some bullies or whatever but son musta had his faith in God tested by some pretty insensitive toddlers to turn out the way he did bruh.
So after this muthfucka Kanye West dropped The College Dropout he shut up a lot of those same folks that had doubted him…n maybe even summa the people who had believed in him all along… This was after he had already played a large role in makin Hov’s Blueprint the classic it became n after bein in the game for a minute producin hits for Talib Kweli, Alicia Keys n Ludacris on top of some more shit for Jiggaman nahmean. So son already had a couple feathers in his hat already… but apparently he wanted to shine on his own. Understandably so. Not a lot of muthafuckas was expectin his shit to be as good as it was. It was almost like nobody wanted to give it tooooooo much credit cuz nobody really knew how to rationalize the fact that this nigga jus came outta nowhere n dropped what appeared to be a classic album from outta the blue durin a time when a lot of muthafuckas in rap was jus tryin to get they ringtone hustle poppin. I remember Jay-Z sayin he thought the shit was “good”. Like he aint een wanan say “great”. The nigga produce shit for you Jay n he a muthafuckin genius but on his own its YO CHILL HE GOOD BUT HE AINT THAT GOOD. See Hov aint thought he was gon have to directly compete wit the nigga or nothin (n ultimately lose the Grammy for best rap album to him). But thats water under the bridge yo. I also remember his fellow Rocafella in-house beatmakin homie Just Blaze bein on a message board sayin the record was “a little disappointing” n shit. But the overall consensus by the end of the year was “this nigga Kanye IS a genius”.
Maybe its the fault of the public…but thats all it took to light a fire under that dude n set off a three album run that was pretty much unfuckwittable at the time. The next year he dropped Late Registration…which some muthafuckas felt was a even better than his debut nahmean. It was like College Dropout…but wit orchestras n shit. Shit won him another Grammy for rap album of the year. And wit Hov “retired” son was like the marquee artist over at the ROC…which aint sit too well wit niggas like Beanie Sigel namsayin. But that shit aint stop son from droppin his 3rd straight Grammy winner n 2nd #1 album…Graduation. Son moved 957,000 units in the first week…which was like Eminem numbers b. Not only that but the album was straight fire n lived up to the standard he had set for hissself on his first two albums. This was the closest thing for nineties babies to experiencin what it was like to really had been around to see the kinda music that was droppin in the early nineties n shit. Son was channelin the energy of old A Tribe Called Quest n De La Soul albums n breathin new life into rap music.
So now son was sittin at the top makin the best music in the game n while also makin outrageous proclamations that he was somehow able to prove…no matter how much it caused muthafuckas to hate his ass. Niggas loved the music…but hated his ego nahmean. At the same time folks kinda understood why he felt so confident…we jus wanted bruh bruh to shut the fuck up bout it once in a while. But then his moms died n his fiancee at the time bounced n all a sudden this niggas world done turned upside down. And thats how we ended up wit the record that changed Drake’s life n gave him a style to run wit…808s & Heartbreak.
808s wasnt like his other albums…shit was damn near depressing at times n the nigga was singin his ass off n OD’n on autotune for like 90% of the album b. When a Jeezy verse is like the highlight as far as the rappin on ya album goes it means you not rappin enough on the album dog. Ion hate the record or nothin…I jus dont really fuck wit it as much as his other joints yo. After Yeezus tho… I grew to appreciate that shit a lot more namsayin. But thats irrelevant. Durin this time he had also wifed up Amber Rose n been makin his affections for her ERRYBODYs damn business n doin wild shit like snatchin mics from Taylor Swift at award shows. Shit mighta jus added more negative karma to sons career on top of the fact that a lotta muthafuckas was hatin his music at the time. So by now niggas had kinda counted the boy Ye out nahmean. Even the Grammys was like “Nah” n only gave him a nom for “Amazing”… 808s wasnt jus his first album to not win for best rap album but it was his first one to not get even get a nomination nahmean.
By the next year Kanye n Amber had called it quits…n this nigga Ye was in a dark place all over again namsayin. Meanwhile the boy Wiz Khalifa swooped in to scavenge that piece like YOOOOOO WHO THREW AWAY THIS PERFECTLY GOOD PLATE OF LASAGNA? ITS ONLY LIKE 13 BITES TAKEN OUTTA THIS MUTHAFUCKA…IMMA TAKE THIS SHIT HOME N REHEAT IT N MAYBE TRY N SHAPE IT INTO A NICE FORM AGAIN N THEN IMMA TAKE SOME PICTURES WIT IT N ENJOY THAT. Life goes on tho… But unlike the last time where Kanye jus sobbed n cried his heart out for a whole album…he allowed the shit to affect him in a different way. He made some shit that was still personal…but he aint allowed the experience to drown him in all types of bitchmade emotions. It was a dark time for son…but he embraced it. He aint get absorbed n engulfed in the darkness…he BECAME the darkness yo. Word is bond.
Leadin up to the new album Kanye had been droppin clues. Son started a series called G.O.O.D. Fridays n started pumpin out music that was almost all collabs n wit like 10 artists n shit on each song…n they was almost all bangers (even the shits wit Big Sean on em). That set the tone for what was bout to happen. Right out the gate MBDTF jus felt like a different album for Yeezy bruh. Anybody that was expectin son to go back to the sound of his pre-808s shit was gon be in for what muthafuckas be callin A SURPRISE. Son wasnt bout to tuck his dick in stop doin him. Say what you want bout Kanye…but you gotta admire this nigga for his gusto bruh. He really dont give a fuck when it comes to this music shit. Ion think yall understand so lemme explain to you in the most simple ways possible without fillin ya ear wit shit you dont need to hear from me. Imma jus hit yall wit some adjectives. Cuz either yall get it or you dont…
Dark Fantasy – FIRE
Gorgeous – INCREDIBLE
Power – WOW
All Of The Lights – SON IS YOU FUCKIN KIDDIN ME
Monster – SONNNNNNN
So Appalled – Ok we need to get Swizz Beatz the fuck outta here for this shit but the rest of the track was FIRE.
Devil In a New Dress – BEAUTIFUL
Runaway – SLOW DOWN SON YOU KILLIN EM
Hell Of A Life – COLD
Blame Game – REAL
Lost In The World – MAAAAAAN
Who Will Survive In America – YOOOOOOOOO
Ok so summa them shits wasnt adjectives n was actually jus sounds n statements n shit but yall kno what the fuck I mean. It took like 764 muthafuckas to make this shit so not all the credit can go to Kanye…but as the creative mind behind this shit he deserves MOST the credit tho. Son got help from a whole lotta guests includin Hov, Pusha-T, Rozay, Nicki Minaj, Cudi, No ID, RZA, uh…muthafuckin Bon Iver, Raekwon…the list jus goes on b. PLUS he had Elton John, Rihanna, Fergie, Drizzy n like 80 other muthafuckas singin the hook on “All Of The Lights”. Shit was so over the top n opulent that it felt like a masterpiece….right down to the artwork. The results of this shit was his most critically acclaimed album ever n won him that 4th Grammy for best rap album. Not only that but the shit was #1 on damn near ALL the end of the year lists in 2010. The nigga yall love to hate was back witta vengeance n he brought a whole lotta friends wit him. Now for me personally The College Dropout gon always be his best shit…I jus dont think he gon ever be able to return to that kinda mind state of bein the underdog again tho. This nigga could drop 7 duds in a row n probably still wouldnt count hisself as a underdog for nothin ever again b. But this was the closest son ever came to droppin a flawless album. It wasnt as lyrrrrrrically on point as College Dropout n Late Registration was but it was his most consistent shit n he was talkin thru his music more. I mean he aint een had to say nothin b…he coulda dropped this album as jus some instrumentals n you woulda already knew what kinda feelings the boy was tryna convey namsayin. You hear “Gorgeous” n you already kno…you hear “Power” n you already kno….you hear “Runaway” n you already kno…. But him puttin his voice over the tracks not only adds to the emotion but he does it without givin even the most miniaturest fuck in the world. This is probably as honest as the nigga would ever be on record again b. These days he kinda fortified his ego wit all types of bullshit. Nigga think he God now… But in 2010 he was a different animal yo. It wasa balance to his character. This wasnt the nigga wit all the bravado n never ending waterfall of confidence from his first few albums n it also wasnt that weepin hoe ass muthafucka from 808s… Son een made a video that was known to cause epileptic seizures n shit. Thats kinda gangster. But he also made some shit wit ballerinas n whatever… I aint gon get into the whole mini movie he made for “Runaway” but yall can peep that below if you really feelin up to that shit. Anyways tho… On MBDTF he was vulnerable enough to let you see inside his soul yet still in control enough to tell yall to eat a dick if you aint like what you seen. Thats whats up.
I gives this shit 5 Zeus Slaps outta 5