Monthly Masterpiece : 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' - Kanye West

Once a month, I'll be taking an in-depth look at a landmark album in the music industry. This month, we dissect Yeezy’s magnum opus; a 13-track, 68 minute pop-culture Goliath. Directed, produced and orchestrated by the mad genius of modern music, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the zenith of the ever-evolving phenomenon that is Kanye Omari West.


My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the greatest rap album in modern history.

This is my explanation.

If you know me, you are well aware of my uncontainable love for Kanye West. That being said, it would be easy to trace my opening statement back to personal bias. All preference aside, I think I do a great job of staying impartial in my evaluation of music as a whole, so before you criticize my dubious proposition, hear me out.

I do not love every Kanye album.

I thought Ye was somewhat underwhelming. Graduation, as polarizing as it may seem, is maybe my least favorite Kanye album. Yes, 808s & Heartbreak is one of the most influential albums of the 2000s, but much of the project is forgettable in my opinion.

What i'm trying to get across is that, while I do believe that Kanye is arguably this generation's greatest artist, I am by no means blind to Kanye's musical faults.

That being said, I will take to my grave the personal testament that Yeezy's 5th studio album is undoubtably the best piece of rap music created in the past half-century.

Let's rewind to 2009.

After a handful of public outburst and media mishaps, Kanye West sent himself on a self-imposed exile, traveling to the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Secluding himself for around a year, Mr. West meticulously crafted a project that was meant to be a screenplay rather than a standard album.

Question, what do these people have in common?

Raekwon, RZA, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Charlie Wilson, Big Sean, Cyhi the Prynce, Swizz-Beatz, Dwele, Nicki Minaj, T.I., Drake, Common, Jay-Z, John Legend, Fergie, Rihanna, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Elton John, M.I.A., Justin Vernon, Seal, Soulja Boy, Beyonce, Kid Cudi, Mos Def, Santigold, Alicia Keys, Elly Jackson, Tony Williams, Q-Tip, DJ Premier, Madlib and Pete Rock.

No, this isn't a greatest artists of all-time list.

Believe it or not, this is every single artist Kanye had out to his Hawaiian compound to culminate My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I'm dead serious.