Kanye West Discusses Pressures Of Recording "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"

Kanye West explains his frame of mind while recording his fifth solo album.

As outtakes for Ice-T's Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap continue to emerge, the latest has Kanye West providing insight into his frame of mind while recording his fifth solo album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.

"I didn't write my raps down for the first four albums," revealed West, referring to a recording technique made famous by Jay-Z. "I just did it from my head, straight to the booth."

Kanye explained that his process changed for MBDTF. "On this last album, on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, I wrote it. I really put myself in a zone that I felt like my life was dependant on the success of this album."

Ultimately, 'Ye concluded that the added pressure had some utility in the end. "With that being the case, it said, 'You know what? No matter what anybody says about me...I can write something that makes someone that hates me the most have to really respect and love the song.'"

Watch the outtake below:

 

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36 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Interesting statement, considering that he performed verses from "Gold Digger" and "Bittersweet" at Def Poetry Jam. If I remember right, that show aired in mid-2005, months before Late Registration, and years before Graduation dropped. So, you didn't write down your raps, huh? As I said earlier: interesting statement ...

  • Dana

    Nigga talks like he the GOAT. This type of queer can eat up my pussy all night long

  • FuKKK KKKanye West

    I hate this faggot's voice. I hate his face. I hate his mother. I hate his friends. I hate his ambitions. I hate his success.

  • la petite collette

    i kinda feel like the whole "i don't write anything down, it's all in my head" is a sneaky way of implying you didn't write a good portion of your own shit.

  • Anonymous

    if only kanye made a sequal to this album instead of making shitty swag beats

  • Gucci Mane DA GOAT

    YAAA!!! ISSSS GUUUUUCCII. just tellin it like it is kidsss

  • Aubrey "Drake" Graham

    Awwwwww....yeah....uuuhmmmmm....kanye........i think its cool and all but.........what u write.....doesnt compare to weezy......cause....hehe.......i write for weezy.......Young Money

  • Anonymous

    "With that being the case, I said, 'You know what? No matter what anybody says about me...I can write something that makes someone that hates me the most have to really respect and love the song." So true, Kanye. So true.

  • stopthehate

    Most people on these boards insist on hating. When Jay and Ye said "they don't write rhymes down" they didn't say they did the verse in one take! They just said they didn't right the rhyme down. That is totally believable, now if they said "oh I do all my songs in one take with out writing it down" now that's impossible! Including Biggie, who everyone has made into some superhuman based off of two albums. I'm not dissing, I like Big but I'm just saying nobody freestyles a song in one take that makes no sense.

    • anonymous

      I don't think they ever implied they created a whole song in one take, but structuring an entire song without writing down a single line is nonsense and I don't believe any of these guys. There wouldn't be a point to it as it would logically take you longer as you forget previous lines. It would be like an engineer saying fuck blueprints. It would be at your disservice.

  • jg

    that album was a hiphop classic

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  • anonymous

    Just because you wrote your rhymes at home with a pen and a pad then memorized them before hitting the studio doesn't mean you made it up on the spot. Not buying this at all. Biggie is one of the only ones who probably did this, Jay bit off of that legacy and now Kanye. No way these dudes are making this shit up on the spot in their heads without writing a word. If you've ever freestyled you know what the difference between written and spitting off the top of your head. If you're creating a song you would handi cap yourself by refusing to write. Doesn't make sense.

  • jesterxxl

    We've all saw footage of Kanye in the studio in a pen & a pad but who gives a fuck College Dropout isa classic, Late Registration was tight, Graduation was ill & My Beautiful Dark Twisted fantasy was sick only album which was wack was 808's I wish he did drop God Ass Job!

  • Evil

    Freestyling lyrics isn't an accomplishment.....I don't get why people follow everything Jay-Z says without questioning it or thinking it through. I guess it's cool to see if you're in the studio recording but the end product is all that matters. And the fact of the matter is, songs come out better if you write them. I don't believe Kanye and Jay-Z really freestyle anyway...If they did they wouldn't spit writtens at tv shows/radio shows. I know Wanye did for one point though....Which is why his lyrics where garbage. Go listen to his last verse on "Mr Carter" lol

    • Shady 2.0

      I think evil thinks it's just completely off the top of there head... No, they've been thinking of how the verse will go over and over for ages, so instead of writing verses down on a piece of paper they write it down in there head.

    • ETK

      nobody said it was an accomplishment, it simply a style. some rappers write, others freestyle. sometimes rappers will switch it up, like T.I. and Kanye. songs don't always come out better if they're written, it depends on the rapper and how comfortable they feeling with it

  • Anonymous

    recording technique made famous by biggie, you mean. just another thing jay took from B.I.G. no hate just stating the truth.

    • Anonymous

      @LucasT nigga u on crack or sumthn

    • SK

      what about juicy no pen no pad one take

    • Lucas T

      Your Wrong. In A Documentary of the life of BIG, A producer told the story of how J And BIG Made Brooklyn's Finest. J Went Into the Booth And Spit A Verse Came Out And Everybody Was Feeling It. Then J Turn To Biggie And Pushed A Pen And Pad Over To Him And Asked Him If He Was Ready? BIG Felt Disrespected And THAT'S How Big Started Thinging Of Verses In His Head.

  • So Icy Boi!

    you never wrote lyrics. yo ghostwriters did. you aint no Lil Wayne. he wrotes his own lyrics. swag

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    • Aubrey "Drake" Graham

      Awwwwwww....yeah....uuuuhhhmmm....yousee.....Weezy hasn't done his own lyrics.....hehe......Ive been doin it for him......Awww....Young Money

    • BLACK

      LOOOOL WAYNE DONT WRITE LYRICS EITHER, ICY BOI

    • Anonymous

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    • not so icy boi

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    • Anonymous

      looool foreal

  • Anonymous

    Loosen Up Kerry

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