Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

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West's fifth offering is an electric journey equipped with painkillers, a break-up letter, an overstuffed iPod and the latest "Penthouse" in his Prada duffle.

In the opening bars of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West asserts, “We found bravery in my bravado.” As far as Hip Hop music goes, this is too true. Because of West’s renaissance of carefully-crafted artistry and decadent decision-making, Rap has been restored from an over-saturated commodity to the grandiose stage Jay-Z left empty after The Black Album.

The earliest glimpse at My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of its best moments. “Power” is the Kanye West that will be most remembered in lyrical circles. “In this white man’s world, we the ones chosen / So goodnight cruel world, I’ll see you in the mornin’ / Huh? I’ll see you in the mornin’ / This is way too much, I need a moment.” Just as Eminem paused amidst his uber-fame in 2002 to relive his battle-to-mainstream ascent in “Till I Collapse” and “Lose Yourself,” Kanye West reminds us that while he’s reading price-tags and royalty statements, he still reads the news. he declares on “Gorgeous” , “Face it, Jerome get more time than Brandon / And at the airport, they check all through my bag and tell me it’s random / But we stay winnin’ / This week has been a bad massage, I need a happy endin’ / And a new beginning / And a new fitted / And some job opportunities that’s lucrative / This the real world, homie, school finished / They done stole your dreams, you don’t know who did it / I treat the cash like the government treats AIDS, I won’t be satisfied till all my niggas get it, get it?” At a time when West is revising a blueprint he’s help create for Drake and Kid Cudi, his sharp, outspoken lines put him in the lineage of Ice Cube and Chuck D, something that ‘Ye’s predecessors cannot seem to do - without him as a link. Lines like that complement Rap laureate Gil Scott-Heron on West’s closer, “Who Will Survive In America?” And for every mention of Oscar De La Renta, Lamborghini and private jets, one of Hip Hop’s wealthy elite still finds a way to make recession-applicable music without kneeling.


A proven master at thematic album-making, West’s fifth offering is an electric journey equipped with painkillers, a break-up letter, an overstuffed iPod and the latest issue of Penthouse in his Prada duffle. As the most quoted emcee of the last five years returns to his precise Rap roots on “Monster” or the aforementioned “Dark Fantasy,” he also acknowledges 2008’s 808’s & Heartbreaks not as a wrong turn, but as a fuel stop. With some of his simplest and melodic bars West’s “Runaway” epitomizes his mastery of the anthem. The emotion on this album is a kaleidoscope of self-righteousness, loneliness - and something that’s been missing from the last two albums: joy. The nine-minute “Runaway” reveals all of this in one place, as West’s message drunkenly sways between a proud cold shoulder and a bended-knee plea. Although most songwriters would be accused of disjointed messages, Kanye’s deep sincerity gives him dynamic dimensions that he’s rightfully earned through a decade of public antics and extensive catalog.

For an album that resulted from sessions with Pete Rock, Q-Tip and No I.D., My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy avoids any throwback qualities. Instead, the work carries the sample-driven sound forward with a more refined arsenal of keyboards and filters that West started motioning towards in 2008’s “Swagger Like Us” and “Welcome To Heartbreak.” Dark, fuzzed-out electric accents give this album a cohesive sound that anchor the multiple themes. A Blues riff on “Gorgeous,” hard synths on “Hell of A Life” and Bon Iver’s scratchy, extended vocals on “Monster” have more in common in audio than on paper. If 808’s were pastels to Graduation’s orange, then the sharp bold production on Fantasy bleeds scarlet red. On the songs that stray from traditional Rap sounds, such as “Runaway” or “All of The Lights” , West’s Akai MPC hand ferociously reminds any skeptic that he’s not straying, but expanding. Pounding drums on “Lost In The World” make every song on this album club-ready, and an intense tapestry of ever-changing sound that includes several genres and decades of inspiration.

Kanye West’s bravado has inspired cartoons, it’s made award show producers sleepless, and it’s caught the attention of both Presidents Bush and Obama. But within that bravado is a bravery that allows Hip Hop artists to step outside of their carefully-guarded boxes. From nine-minute douchebag manifestos, to enlisting an A-list Grammy ensemble to piece-mealing his album out to the masses every Friday, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy defies logic and it ignores convention. Whether it’s acknowledging his mistakes, measuring his might, or fantasizing of wifing Kristina Rose, Kanye West finds a way to relate to all. He’s not forcing his hand, just reminding us that the biggest star we appointed in the last five years can still recognize our own fantasies, insecurities and desire for colorful music from his spaceship.

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  • Darius Fair

    Coming off of a wave of controversy in the past couple years Kanye West offers his fifth studio album titled My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. While in the past year Mr. West has been slandered about for aspects of his life not related to music, the anticipation of this album was raised after a heartfelt semi-apology song Runaway at the 2009 MTV Movie awards and a short-film of the same name depicting Victorias Secret Model Selita Ebanks as a phoenix. After dropping three consecutive platinum albums along with the critically acclaimed album 808s and Heartbreak, Kanye West offers us his best project to date. And while the musical composition of the album is quite beautiful the lyrics of the album are very dark and graphic making the albums title the perfect description for the contents of the music and the overall theme. The album begins with a short dialogue by the female rapper Nicki Minaj and then plays a dark menacing beat over a soulful hook in addition to dark and twisted lyrics of Kanye West describing his roots and climb to the top of the rap totem pole. The introduction is the perfect opening to what is Kanyes dark fantasy of his music and or lifestyle. Another standout track from the album is the triumphant track All of the Lights which is also a combination of beautiful and dark as the composition is very joyful and exultant the lyrics are very dark and to some extent violent. A score of singers also provide additional vocals and a hook to this song and they include Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Fergie, Mr. Hudson, Drake, and Alicia Keys. Overall, this song is the best example of the albums concept which is being both beautiful and melancholy at the same time. A track where Kanye displays his singing voice and storytelling ability is the break up song Blame Game where he details a once good relationship gone sour, to where both parties are blaming each other for the relationships undoing. The soul singer John Legend provides a beautifully sung but melancholy hook over a piano riff that sounds like it should be played in a church setting and not in a rap song. Kanye croons his way to a skit performed by Chris Rock which provides an inside look into his love interests infidelities. The album ends with the song Lost in the World which shows how Kanye feels at the conclusion of his magnum opus: lost. Although he may seem to be a bit arrogant and ignorant at times there is no denying the musical ability and talent that Mr. West displays on every album. In this case however it is displayed as he has created a near flawless album that keeps the listener engaged in the experience that they are sure to remember. The album is very human and relatable and shows that even someone who thinks of themselves as highly as Kanye does is still human.

  • Anonymous

    The production is amazing but is it wrong that I think the content on some of the songs are lame. Hell of a Life and Runaway are 2 stupid songs that I find myself skipping 3 years after the release. Otherwise I think it's fantastic

  • KID A

    The most historical piece of contemporary music. Kanye opened us all the door to progressive hip-hop with this remarkable masterpiece in which he fights the inner demons of his new-found fame as well as society's opression. A diamond coated bravado of pulsating nostalgia beat trips set to the biggest drama of our time. Almost like a re-telling of Hamlet MBDTF manages to hit all the emotional and intellectual notes one could ask for from an LP. Forget everything you thought you knew about hip-hop because Kanye changed it's rules forever, he is a genius like that and that's why we love him so much.

  • jimmybarlow

    Masterpiece is an understatement. By far the best production I've ever heard. Best album I've heard since The Eminem Show. Kanye is changing the game.

  • MusicFan

    Classic is not word that can be used for this album....because it should be considered a Masterpiece. Not only for Rap but across all genres and walks of life. 50000000000000000/5

  • Young

    One Word: Masterpiece.

  • SingleWhiteMale

    Such a great album. Best hip-hop music I've heard in 10 years.

  • sherif ucf

    top 10 hip hop albums of all time...OF ALL TIME!!

  • Anonymous

    best album since TCD, and better than that one. As of now, Ye's magnum opus. Not since the Blueprint has an album been this good, this innovative, a total redefinition of the genre.

  • Anonymous

    probably the best album ive heard in the last 10 years.

  • carAnthony

    Yeah Kanye is Genius! That is Album! Beautiful! One of the best album I hear in last years... 10/10

  • Night

    the best album iv ever heard.. simply a masterpiece

  • Anonymous

    He might have the best discography ever. Best album since Food & Liquor. Kanye is a creative mastermind.

  • Anonymous

    Kanye West is a musical genius, mabye the greatest this genre has to offer. Waaaaay ahead of his time, his work will be appreciated deacdes from now for the unique and genre-defining masterpieces they truly are. Dude is so fucking incredible and deserves to have the biggest ego in the world for his legendary contributions to the rap game. Involved in sooo many praised classics, he's cementing his legacy as Hip Hop's greatest artist. This album is unbelievable and I can't wait for the next one.

  • IAmControverse

    Why does Mr. West think he is such a genius? ... BECAUSE HE IS!!!!!! 5 Stars all day! Best Song: Blame Game (Kanye rapping/singing/reading a Khloe Mitchell poem, John Legend singing/playing piano, Chris Rock and Salma Kenas phone call at the end - what more do you want?) THANK YOU MR. WEST

  • pierce

    genuinely believe this is one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time

    • Anonymous

      Exactly. The creativity in this one is out of this world. Best album of the last year by far, a contender for the album of the decade.

    • Brandon Heisler

      Every song is great. Superb production, superb content, the cohesiveness of the album is amazing. One of the top 5 albums ever

  • Olabisi

    This album was great and I loved the songs!! Always a Kanye fan!

  • Anonymous

    In the top 3 best hiphop albums of 2010 along with NineTeen 90 Now

  • Matt Sullivan

    One of the best rap albums of the past year

  • Rey Flow

    as an engineer point is very "innovative" not to call it fkn weird. as a Lyricist is a fkn masterpiece. I listen to at least one song of this album daily. About monster i loved nicky's part most than any, jay-z is just so egotistic when he is raping, just me me me me me me me and dont let me forget about I, thats why i dont like him, i do admire him as an entrepreneur and thats why im not a hater. I just dont like most of his music, there are some exceptions like the new york joint, 99 problems and the power remix... Just saying kanye is my favorite, good ass producer and good ass raper, and last but not least great performer yo

  • Matt Sullivan

    I already rated this masterpiece....so look at Yeezy's comment below me, i already discussed what i liked

  • Tiarnán Russell

    Just amazing!

  • Anonymous

    greatest album of the last 5 years!

  • Sery

    Great album. Everything about this album is great. Dark Fantasy is my favorite track.

  • Lauric Finallyraging Bent

    great

  • David Kenneth Zacheius Brown

    west is one of the g.o.a.t. and that's all there is to it

  • dfjklsfsdf

    Love this album!

  • Benji

    this isnt a bad album... too completist though, i find it is very overrated and hip hop has a lot more to offer

  • chow

    Album of the year in my opinion.

  • Yeezy

    This is one album that pushes and blends genres of music together. People that hate on this album forget that hip hop is an art form, its a form of expression. On this album Kanye is telling all the other rappers "I am not the best yet but i'm going to be." The title for best rapper alive in the midwest definantly goes to Mr. West. In comparison to Em's Recovery...the beats are better and the lyrics are like about the same too. Out of all the songs ALL of the lights, Dark Fantasy and Lost in the World really stand out for me. I thought Blame game was rather wack and i felt he put himself out there too much with that...but Chris ROCK makes it funny. Ultimately i give this one a 5....Kanye has been my favorite rapper since Graduation. The ranking of his albums are as follows: (this album), then College Dropout, then Graduation, then Late Registration, and lastly 808s...Good job Mr. West

    • Joshua Williams

      yo rankings are all fucked up, gnrbvs. lr was his best work ever! -lr -cd -mbdtf -grad -808s ANYWHO, CHECK ME OUT. I PROMISE GREAT MUSIC. IT'S A PROMISE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdylMPXtisY

  • Rashaad Newhouse

    I could listen to this all day 24/7 and not get tired of it, that's the best compliment you can give an album. The time put into this really shows.

  • T

    Not many people have a resume as good as Late Registration, College Dropout and now My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

  • G fh riwjcnfj

    @BREAD not all 18-25 year old people listen to soulja boy and we dont all like that kind of music we understand some of those artists are narrow-minded and dont have IT musically so I think we do appreciate this kind of artistry kanye has presented us with so I think you have the wrong age group no disrespect to you but thats my opinion

  • Jonel 'Shaq Deisel' Howard

    That's what makes this a Great Kanye album. The song structure of every single song is near complete. And by that I mean each song has balanced elements that all play off of each other making the songs sound that much better. It's not about the lyrics, it's not about the beats, it's not about the flow, but everything. I like his new album, such a different twist in what we call hip hop today. I agree with a commenter below that said hip hop has morphed into many different genres because it did. You got radio-mainstream crap, underground, the smokers music, full on gangsta rap, that kudi sounding music lol, and then kanye bringing this (not new) different twist to it. The one thing I found most unique is the 34 minute long video...I'm still watching it as I comment -_- it is LONG! Other than that a great way to wrap up 2010 (music wise).

  • Dab

    Great album, but I don't love like everyone else does. I think the production is fantastic, and most of the songs are great... However, Kanye has WAY to many people on these tracks. Especially All of the Lights. The one song that didn't go fucking minutes had like 11 guest on it, most of them just seemed like wasted potential. Also the tracks that feautre like 1 or 2 people or just Kanye alone are easily my favorites. Dark Fantasy, Gorgeous, Alone in the World are songs I can replay all the time. Like I said its a great album, but for my personal taste not the classic everyone is making it out to be.

  • Kanye is the greatest

    I never thought I'd live to hear an album better than Illmatic or Ready to Die or Reasonable Doubt, but somehow Kanye did it. He took Hip Hop and turned it into this creative masterpiece that no one could have thought of. His production is flawless, his lyrics are brilliant in that they have a message without forcing it down your throat. He's cocky yet he has something to say. He takes you into his world, but its a world we can relate to. And the guest features are used perfectly. Who didn't get all excited for All of the Lights? Or Monster? Or So Appaled? So far Kanye has 5 great albums and 3 classics. College Dropout, Late Registration and MBDTF are straight classics. Graduation and the brilliant artistic 808s & Heartbreak are really great albums with some hickups preventing them from being the classics they could have been. Overall I give this album a 5/5 easily the greatest peice of rap music I've ever heard. In a world of singles, and useless guest feautres, Kanye made an album that will not only last through time but is up there with Illmatch, Thriller and Revolver as musical classics

    • ollimon

      both u guys need to get off kanyes sack. this is without a doubt his most artistically creative and introspective album, but its not better than illmatic, reasonable doubt, or ready to die. evolver and thriller arent even hip hop albums they're pop and r&b fool. and notice that the first three albums are very different stylistcally due to the time periods, so maybe you're more drawn to the higher production value in kanyes beats, cuz his beats are amazing onthis album. regardless this is a beautiful album, but u obviously didnt listen to the first three albums thoroughly to think they worse they kanyes. kanye himself probably knows those are considered better than his album.

    • Mohith Subbarao

      Couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Mr. Tibbs

    If you like Soldier Boy don't buy this album. If you like Waka Flaka Lame don't buy this album. If you think Wayne is the greatest alive don't buy this album. Instead b4 the new year rolls in, if you listen to any of the people I mentioned you should shoot yourself in the face, and set your radio on fire.

  • Black Mamba

    His best album after collège

  • Bread

    Those of you that are in the 18-25 age bracket I suspect are the folks making the most negative comments about this album. And if you don't fall into that category, then you most definitely fall into the 1 track "my viewpoint is the only viewpoint that matters" mind category. I'm as old as hip-hop (Sugarhill Gang to Suga T). As one gets older, one's taste and musical asethetic will EVOLVE. If something doesn't appeal to you, explain your reasons articulately. Example - I can freely admit to liking a couple of Soulja Boy songs, but you'd never find me buying his album. Why? Because I find his sh1t juvenile and untolerable for more than 60 minutes. However, MBDTF is in heavy rotation in my car. Why? Because at my age I am looking for more substance. I enjoy breaking down the arrangements in a song, listening for the percussion, horns, strings; perhaps I'll hear a sample I recognise. The impetuousness of youth will never be able to appreciate the timelessness of music. 90/100 times ask a hip-hop head their favourite summer anthem and you'll get "Summertime" - a 20 year old song. Anyway, hip-hop has morphed into many different sub-genres. And MBDTF has possibly created its own. I appreciate Kanye's effort and thank him for the ear candy.

  • Anonymous

    this album is crazy... like jayz said you want his old shit buy his old albums

  • Mac

    his album is overrated. he officially ran outta stuff to say. he aint sayin nothin on any of his tracks. im a fan but im not gona be biased like all yall d*ckriders. he threw on a whole bunch of features. the best part of the CD is the producing. i give the producing 5/5 this proved kanye is a genius musically. but the raps is average

    • superdough

      i agree one hundred percent, his raps haven't been as strong as they where on LR.

    • Chupps

      It's not overrated. Those who are looking for lyrics are the ones disappointed because it's not a lyrical album, and if that's what you were looking for you prolly shoulda checked out How I Got Over or some other shit. MBDTF is mainly about the music (everything).

  • Vincent Salamatino

    9 Minutes songs that are meticulously engineered to an inch of their life might not be everybodies cup of tea but if you appreciate the art of crafting good music you'll find that Kanye currently reigns supreme in that field. Kanye doesn't just make songs, he makes actually albums.

    • Anonymous

      POINT BLANK HIS NEW ALBUM JUST AINT THAT GOOD HE RAP LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE NOW. HE USED TO HAVE LYRICS NOW HE ON THAT B.S. YEA I LISTENED TO EVERY SONG AND THIS ALBUM SHOULDN'T EVEN BE COMPARED TO HIS FIRST 2 ALBUMS

  • Anonymous

    YEA KAYNE FELL OF HARD BUT DAT NEW NIGGA BIG SEAN KILLIN IT HE GOING WAY HARDER DEN KAYNE AND ANYBODY ELSE FOR THAT MATTER

  • Young

    what ya crazy this album aint that good 2/5 A kayne rap like u used rwo u went from crack music to runaway? serious my nigga u went from we major to all of the lights

    • Vincent Salamatino

      I guess you only listened to the singles and skipped over the fact that this album got his hardest verses like his his shit on Gorgeous and Hell of a Life

  • Anonymous

    SOME NIGGA JUS SAID THIS WAS ALMOST AS GOOD AS LATE REGISRATION NIGGA PUT A GUN IN YO MOUTH AND OULL THE TRUGGER THIS WAS AN OKAY ALBUM AT BEST 3/5 AT BEST THIS AINT TOUCHING HIS 1ST TWO ALBUMS

    • Drake Dilla

      I agree...2.5, 3 the most out of 5, or 3 out of 10 if that helps...the beats are alright kinda disspointing and for god sakes lose the heartbreak songs already u did it on the 808 album, this aint another dramacom....College Dropout And Late Reg for freshest material point blank...Graduation was phat, and so was "Power" but thats it...

    • Vincent Salamatino

      You're Crazy this album is more advanced engineer wize and flow wise then anything he's ever done before go bacc to school

  • buffalo bill

    iv liked all his albums i dnt think there all classics but there still good his sound isnt as hip hopish as it was in his first 2 hes evoled into something different and his sound is growing i like it hes been the best producer since dr dre i wudnt give this album classic status cause i cant see myself still listening to it this time next year hell i still listen 2 2001 n love it anywho im rambling now sorry bout the random message

  • Vanno Davis

    5/5 album almost as great as late regestraion

    • Vincent Salamatino

      From a technical standpoint this is his magnum opus and is one of the most complex mainstream hip hop albums ever conceived...But as far as what album of Kanye's you like better that's a matter of taste but anybody with musical intelligence and an ear for engineering will tell you that Kanye just crafted a masterpiece

  • Anonymous

    3/5 at the most like all the other comments are saying his 1st 2 albums were classics this one was okay but he's all in that devil worshipping stuff whatever floats your boat kayne but u came along way from jesus walks okay album graduation alot better then this

    • Drake Dilla

      For reals whats up with all the Satan Worship, when u came from Jesus Walks??? Masonic Symbols? Worshiping the Devil? Please kanye get ur act together...this project lacked the heart and the warmth of his 1st three projects...on the real...

  • Anonymous

    5/5. It's ironic some people think this is an illuminati influenced album when in fact, Ye made this album while being on the firing line of the media. The album is everything but illuminati, it's how much Ye is against the media system and alot more. If you think of this as a hip-hop album, you'll be disappointed. Put it in any other genre label and you'll be disappointed. Give it no other label but 'Music' and you'll start to appreciate it's genius.

  • Anonymous

    THIS ALBUM IS NO A CLASSIC AT ALL IM AM A HUGE KAYNE FAN BUT HIS 1ST 2 ALBUMS WERE CLASSIC THIS ISN'T EVEN BETTER THEN GRADUATION TO GIVE HIM 4.5 OUT OF 5 IS LAUGHABLE I WANT THE OLD KAYNE TO COME BACK BUT NOW WE HAVE THIS TECNO METROSEXUAL ILLUMANTI ONE I WISH THE OLD KAYNE WOULD COME BACK FOR JUS 1 ALBUM

  • Colon

    i love kanye but this is the lowest shit he ever done da only song i like is Monster n is cuz JZ & Nicki on dat shit love his shit but dont like it idk just dont

  • Anonymous

    good album. But very very OVERATED

  • lilclip

    great ..5/5 no doubt

  • diagnardo

    One of the greatest

  • Vegard Møller

    You should give out more fives. Recovery "only got 4 and this only gets 4.5? They're both classic.

  • Anonymous

    IT AINT LIKE HIS FIRST 2 ALBUMS, HIS 1ST 2 ALBUMS WERE CLASSICS THIS 1 IS STRAIGHT I JUS WISHED HE WOULDN'T HAVE SOULD HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL

  • Yeezy

    ALBUM OF THE YEAR right here homie. His music was better than any other mainstream bullshyt you hear today. All I have to say, the album speaks for itself.

  • Bubu K

    K A N Y E W E S T I S T H E B E S T A R T I S T T O E V E R W A L K O N E A R T H

  • Anonymous

    HIS ALBUM WAS STRAIGHT BUT HE FELL OFF AFTER THAT 808 ALBUM THE OLD KAYNE NEEDS TO COM BACK AND RECLAIM HIS THRONE THIS IS PROLLY HIS WORST ALBUM NOT INCLUDED 808 THAT WAS A POP ALBUM I MEAN JUST RAPPING THIS WAS HIS WORST ONE BUT STILL BETTER THEN THAT FAGGOT WAYNR

  • merquillo

    Production is a 5. The whole artwork and concept and theme is a 5. Lyrics.. I only caught a few lines that could have been better. 4.6 Overall, this album is pure art. I only listened to it about 3 times front to back, and I think I have to listen to it at least 5 more times to fully capture each song. Even the singles still slap to me, there are no bad songs on this album.

  • Lsn22s

    wow...wanted to check out the review before i peep the album...comments section is CRAZY... some of yall are so mad at kanye its amazing...he's just a guy who makes cd's... yall be on here calling him all types of reckless shit like you got beef with that man...lol....how do yall get so worked up over someone you don't even know? and you guys say that HE is the sensitive one? funny stuff right there... you guys need to smoke some weed and relax or something...its just music...

  • Anonymous

    SOME NIGGA SAID THIS ALBUM REMIND HIM OF LATE REGISTRATION NIGGA KILL YOSELF THIS ALBUM IS NOWHERE NEAR HIS 1ST 2 ALBUMS THIS IS A STRAIGT ALBUM BUT HIS 1ST TWO WERE CLASSICS. I DON'T KNOW Y HE SWITCHED UP HIS STYLE LIKE THAT BUT I WISH THE OLD KAYNE WOULD COMBE BACK ALL THE REAL KAYNE FANS KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I TALKING ABOUT

  • C-Mo Money

    Dis nigga Kanye put out sum ol bullshit called it art n errbody accepted it. dis shyt aint no damn art . Aint art suppose to have meanin or sayin sumthin? This iz jus sum confused, fruity azz, sensitive azz bitch who iz on her period and puttin mediocre music. Not 100% booboo but definitely not no classic, get tha fuck outta hur!

  • dontgiveafuck.

    fruity ass music only faggots may listen to this shit

  • The-Influence

    Kanye recently has surpassed Diddy as the CORNIEST artist in music.

  • killa cam

    nigga u a gay fish...

  • solomack

    NEW MC EIHT VIDEO - SO WELL 2010

  • Sedric Savage

    The greatest album of all time

  • Anonymous

    Meh, whatever, I'll leave the hipsters to their hero and not bash it too hard. Just isnt what I look for in a hip hop album

  • Mylie

    2nd best album of 2010 Kanye gained a fan back after his last 2 albums. this album reminds me alot of Late Registration. great album

  • Chris

    @RonnieGuess? Alright dude... i'm not going to shit on your opinion, although you have been to everyone else, and Season of the Assassin=Classic fucking hip hop album. However, if you want to claim to be a fan of hip hop, you have to acknowledge just how hip hop kanye is. He may be somewhat of a pop artist as well, but i mean, let's be honest, hip hop and pop can be interchangeable as hip hop has become one of the most popular genres of music. That being said, Kanye West has crafted one of the best overall musical offerings to be seen by hip hop in recent memory. The beats knock, that can't be denied. He also comes correct on pretty much every song and has really turned himself into a phenomenal rapper. He can't be compared to Vinnie Paz or Reef the Lost Cauze or even rappers like Buckwild and Celph Titled because he's not like them. You're not going to hear them flowing over grandiose productions like what's found here. You're going to hear them going over nasty, hard, sparse beats. kanye is what hip hop needs, and he's a dope artist. don't let your bias against these "new age rappers" allow you to miss out on a truly dope album. And, by the way, vinnie paz, if he could, would definitely work with yeezy. Almost guaranteed. Nobody's going to turn down that publicity, and nobody's going to deny how great he is. Especially people within hip hop. Hence the lack of beef surrounding him, forgetting about that "beef" with 50.

  • C-MO Money

    Wut duh fuck iz u boyz tawkin bout. Dis album wuz trash mayn, i mean Power, Devil in a New Dress, and All of the Lights kinda went hard but , for tha most part, dis bitch fell shawt. Kanye lyrics aint quite da same his swag dun fell off. But tha production iz head azz. I aint tryna hate but im not 2 much a fan of dis muthafucka.

    • C-Mo Money

      First of all u ol' Carlton/My Cousin Skeeter lookin-azz nigga, Runaway iz one of duh worst songz ive heard recently goddamn and Jayz, Kanye, and dat boy Ross (the mall cop)got dey asses ate up by nicki on monster (anotha weak song). Bad album

    • Chris

      One, your english and ability to type well are both absolutely atrocious. Two, this whole album is fucking dope. Dark Fantasy? That "Can we get much higher" sample going into that nasty ass beat? Shit is ridiculous. Also, Runaway is dope, Monster goes HARD, blame game is nasty, and hell of a life is too sick. Way too good of an album.

  • the future

    kanyes taking hiphop to another level. haters gonna hate. they dont know shit about hiphop

  • Dustin6595

    @Ronnie Guess?, stfu. i listen to Nas, Raekwon, Dr. Dre, Rakim, KRS One, Kurupt, (early) Eminem, Lupe Fiasco, and 2Pac. so don't tell me i don't listen to real hip hop. this album is a classic, 5/5, so shut the fuck up. its all a matter of opinion. i listen to all types of music, so im not judging just as a rap album, im judging it as a music album. so seriously stops shitting on peoples opinions.

  • jerbear

    amazing almost-perfect album. Dark Fantasy is my favorite track so far. greaattt

    • balls

      Yo, how are yall sayin this album is amazing? Are you not used to Kanye's good production? The majority of beats on here fuckin suck!!! I can't understand why everyone is praisin this album so much, his older shit was way fuckin better..

  • John Cocktosten

    Definitely not a classic, but it has plenty of good, catchy songs and some pretty dope lines from some of the biggest names in hip hop right now. I enjoyed it.

  • Stu

    Classic. Definitely a must buy. The beat/sample on the "Devil In A New Dress" track is crazy! Every listen I pick a new favorite song from the album. Hip Hop at it's finest.

  • Twinblades

    What the fuck is this??!! I look down at the comments and all I see is abunch of faggot saying this album is wack and gay! Naw y'all niggas is wack fuck you cunts who think this shit is bad. In this hip hop climate this album is hands down a classic from the beats to the liyrics. Y'all faggot ass niggas just pissed cuz ya fave underground rapper only sold 15 copies lol! You hater can fucking die for all I care SMH!!

    • Mitch

      @ RonnieGuess Realest shit I've read on HHDX in a minute, Co-Fuckin-Sign!!

    • Ronnie Guess?

      You fuckin clown ass bitch!! how old are you?? this bull shit ass album is soft pop rap thats it. its typical that you would say the shit you said because your sucked into this new age rap movement where emcees wear tight ass jeans, use auto tune, look and act metro-sexual as fuck!!! yeah you were right about one thing... my underground rappers didnt sell main stream numbers and thats because your gay pop rap music you support is being forced fed by the media you fuckin clown!! vinnie paz the season of the assasin was one of the best albums of the year!! whats funny is how tough you talk in your comment but your supporting someone as gay as kanye hahahah he is a cry baby who acts like a fuckin female!! its funny how yall new age pop kids act!! fuck outta hear!!

  • Mr S

    So let me get this straight some of y'all think this new Kanye album is a classic? Really now what about "The College dropout"? Don't get me wrong the new cd is tight and I like it but it's 4 1/2 stars at the most not 5 Stars. How did Kanye not have Common, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Rhymefest (who wrote Jesus walks), GLC, Lupe and Big Sean not on the album? Like wake up Mr West Nicki Minaj is on it over those cats wow!!!!!! The production is pretty dope, the lyrics aren't bad and the concept is alright but it's not better then the "The College dropout" sorry. But for those that think it is please pass whatever you're smokin my way because it must be some good Chronic. lol

  • Anonymous

    This album was way too overhyped to be as boring as it is.

  • em

    these ablum suck worst ablum of the year biggest flop of the year to

  • Samie

    It's an alright album, but the hype suggests it's one of the best albums of all time, which it clearly, clearly isn't. First of all, I think he has too many features on it. There's little rapping, and the lyrics don't really MEAN anything. It's rapping just to rap. He doesn't say anything with this album. The beats, though, are DOPE. He clearly should've done better with those beats than he did. More insightful lyrics, better guests (Kid Cudi? Bon Iver? Swizz Beatz?), less guests. So Appalled was easily the best song.

  • MyNameIs....

    Classic, always taking hip-hop to another level

    • Ronnie Guess?

      so you think this shit is a classic huh?? haha wow! how old are you?? do you even know wtf a classic hip-hop album sounds like?? its crazy how yall new rap fans throw the word classic around!! kanye is one song away from coming out the closet!!

  • Drake Dilla

    Highly overrated, especially this time around...3, 3 1/2 mics or stars this time around...by far Graduation was his dopest hip hop album, even tho I was a giant fan of Late Registration, and Graduation respectively and hearing his beats now from when he first started in College Dropout, to The Games song "Dreams" to Nas's "Still Dreamin, and Commons Be and his alright job in Finding Forever...This offering is okay...One thing I would agree with is offering at least another cover for this album...I would of preferred a blank white album cover than the funny, lil red cover he gives us on this lp...Anyway thats my take and I aint a hata....Im looking forward to Commons upcoming lp, and I hope kanye gives um sum sick "Be" like instros this time around...

  • Ronnie Guess?

    So this is a classic?? really!!! what the fuck happen to hip-hop? yall call this a classic?? its so crazy to me how brain washed and blind yall new age rap fans are!!! this is pop music! weak soft ass rap music trying to be the ''new hip-hop''!!! its like anything kanye puts out yall go crazy over and call it things like ''classic'' or ''masterpiece'', or real hip-hop!! when in reality its put together music from a producer who raps and thinks he is the god of music!!! i cant support this bullshit because of the person it was created by!! is it me or is rap gay now? bunch of metro-sexual dudes dressing weird and acting like females!! its pop muic!!

    • Mylie

      this album is real hip hop ya fukkin idiot. you should be at wayne and nicki garbage albums they are the ones fukkin the game up. Kanye makes great honest music respect that. who out there is making quality albums on this caliber nowadays? apart from Distant Relatives. without Kanye hip hop would be pretty much dead and shallow.

    • Chris

      Alright dude... i'm not going to shit on your opinion, although you have been to everyone else, and Season of the Assassin=Classic fucking hip hop album. However, if you want to claim to be a fan of hip hop, you have to acknowledge just how hip hop kanye is. He may be somewhat of a pop artist as well, but i mean, let's be honest, hip hop and pop can be interchangeable as hip hop has become one of the most popular genres of music. That being said, Kanye West has crafted one of the best overall musical offerings to be seen by hip hop in recent memory. The beats knock, that can't be denied. He also comes correct on pretty much every song and has really turned himself into a phenomenal rapper. He can't be compared to Vinnie Paz or Reef the Lost Cauze or even rappers like Buckwild and Celph Titled because he's not like them. You're not going to hear them flowing over grandiose productions like what's found here. You're going to hear them going over nasty, hard, sparse beats. kanye is what hip hop needs, and he's a dope artist. don't let your bias against these "new age rappers" allow you to miss out on a truly dope album. And, by the way, vinnie paz, if he could, would definitely work with yeezy. Almost guaranteed. Nobody's going to turn down that publicity, and nobody's going to deny how great he is. Especially people within hip hop. Hence the lack of beef surrounding him, forgetting about that "beef" with 50.

    • sgeun

      nah its not you, i knew ish was really gettin bad a few years back when these new guys startin rockin the skin tight denim and the pink T's and its been downhill from there.

  • Theo Odoemene

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssa4Z6-TC04

  • Kashon White

    The album is tight

  • Machiventa

    lot of people up in here suckin kanye's dick.

  • Eminemfan

    i think he fell off a bit, but still pretty good.

  • rigo1392

    second best cd he made

  • killah_casp

    wat up ye good music hard as hell thank you for put the time and effort in to create a classic and droping tracks every week

  • dafds

    Ye is overrated as shit

  • Loenzo Melendez

    Hi.Kanye.I heard it Is very classic in the sense of opera going a little to the city.The music is good.U 're acting was ok.The cinema camera was all right.I like the girl angel.When she saw the feathers,in her mind the sladder of American Indians in her thoughts.A big turkey on the table.INTOUCH WITH NATURE is VERY OK.And the ballet Performance. A song run RUN FROM THE CITY......Peace out.hARLEM lARRY g.

  • DONHONKI

    DID YOU KNOW THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "FREEDOM OF SPEECH" IN THE UNITED KINGDOM???? WE ONLY HAVE "POETIC LICENCE",BUT ANY LAW IN THE U.K CAN OVER RIDE IT!! DUE TO RACISM IN MY FAMILY TOWARDS MY DAUGHTER,I RESPONDED WITH POETRY & HIP HOP LYRICS. THIS LEAD TO A COURT CASE AGAINST ME FOR THREATS TO KILL & HARASSMENT! THE JUDGE AT CROWN COURT DECIDED TO PLACE A "FIVE YEAR RAP & POETRY BAN ON MY MATERIAL!" "I AM OFFICIALLY THE FIRST EVER U.K RAP ARTIST & POET TO BE GIVEN THIS BAN! (2009-2014) ITS TIME TO STAND UP PEOPLE...DONT LET AUTHORITIES DICTATE WHAT YOU CAN & CANT SAY!! IF I RAP OR WRITE ABOUT CERTAIN SUBJECTS OR NAME CERTAIN NAMES, I'LL BE FACING UP TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON!! FOR RAP & POETRY!!??? WTF!!! CROWN COURT PAPERS DETAILING MY RAP BAN UP IN MY PHOTO ALBUMS NOW!!! FEEL FREE TO LEAVE ME A COMMENT IF YOU FEELING WHAT IM DOING!! STAY BLESSED! WWW.MYSPACE.COM/DONHONKI WWW.SOUNDCLOUD.COM/DONHONKI (Back catalogue of my tracks) WWW.SOUNDCLOUD.COM/WORDZAREWEAPONZ (My spoken word poetry audio) WWW.TWITTER.COM/DONHONKI WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/DONHONKI1 WWW.FACEBOOK.COM IAN DONHONKI DUNNE

  • MC HYPE

    CLASSIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • philly

    Banks album crazy lol and kanyes

  • Dorothy Roth

    If Kanye doesn't receive several Grammies for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, he will have been robbed! Instant Hip-Hop classic for the new millennium.

  • Unknown

    Has Mr. West made classics? Damn right he did. But is this album one of them? Not exactly. He was all over the place on this one. And it gets a 4.5? There's too much favoritism going on.

  • edog

    get that lloyd banks album

  • edog

    why did they give lloyd banks albums a 3.5 yall haters ......

  • B

    This album is very nice, but I wouldn't say it's a classic. Definitely the best produced album this year, Kanye is an amazing producer face it. The lyrics are on point but they could have been better. I mean he could get real creative nd have hard lines, but he repeats the same shit about pussy, how great his life is, and he also uses racism a lot, as if it was still a real serious topic. I could only name 1 or 2 other albums that I liked more this year. "Gorgeous" and "Hell of A life" and "Dark Fantasy" and "So Appalled" were all great songs, but thee were ones like "Devil in a new dress", "all of the lights", and "Who Will Survive In America" could have been much better. Nevertheless, this album was SICK, but LASERS is gonna make him look silly. Gotta give him props for his hard work though, nice album.....

  • micah dancy

    Classic Album!!!!

  • Hpno

    Now THIS album is straight wack im sorry but kanye fell off lyrically after GRADUATION his raps on this album is weak none rewind worthy the production is nice but kanye really need to stop rappin and just stick to producing 4real, The only "songs" I like are "Gorgeous" "POWER" "So Apalled" and "Hell of a life" the rest of the songs lyrically were weak to me, KANYE U FAILED +_+

    • Al Carlton Jr.

      this is far from a classic. I really wasn't all that stoked about this album either. It's listenable but I just couldn't take the album as a whole. There were some amazing cuts, and there were too many skip worthy tracks. He kinda needed some of those collabos on his songs to save it before it got boring. It was just an average Kanye album which is still above the rest of Hip-Hop.

    • Jordan Robert St Julien

      mr mann and iddle are dumb... go cut your wrists vertically

    • iddle

      I agree man...dumb ass stans dont even know what they listening too. I give it 6/10. all he does is talk about the devil

    • Mr.Mann

      Too bad not a lot of people agree :)

  • Greatest

    I've been waiting for this to drop...its been a drought!! Let it rain!! Go get it!!

  • Fan

    People People People.....yes, this is the greatest compilation cd of all time..how can this not be one of greatest albums with the all-star rappers and producers...every song on the album has samples (read the cd insert) from other songs...nothing is original. Yall acting kanye is did this all by himself and the album has all oirginal sound and music. Don't just say Kanye is the greatest...his all-star team that he put together is great. And that comparison between him and Quincy Jones is absurd and ridiculous! The album is good though.

    • no

      Everybody hating on this album is not finding good reasons to hate it. Especially this guy. Ever listen to DJ Shadow's "Edtroducing"? That is an instrumental hiphop classic and the ENTIRE ALBUM is samples. You don't just go into the studio and throw samples together at random and they sound good. It takes work. As for the guest appearances, that really doesn't carry much weight as to weather or not an album is a classic. All I have to say is "The Chronic" or "Straight Outta Compton." I know, I know SOC is by the group NWA but it was more than one MC coming together to make a thematically structured album. That's what Kanye did here. I'm all ears to hear what you have to say now Ventu.

    • Anonymous

      sampling is hip hop

    • Jordan Robert St Julien

      an album doesnt have to have no guest appearances to be classic

    • Nedas Punys

      why do you say obvious things (samples, features) like you hate this album and at the end you say oh good album though. read an article how this album was recorded and then you should understand greatness of kanye.

    • Fan

      Ventu: Typical...read my entire comment....Illmatic and Ready To Die doesn't have a long list of guest appearances either..now does it? Looks like you the one who is sleep

    • Mr. Mann

      Every hip-hop artist uses samples.

    • Ventu

      Every song on ILLMATIC, 36 CHAMBERS and READY TO DIE has samples from other songs...and I can go on...WAKE UP!

  • Jake

    Best album since the first blueprint.

  • crack!

    this album is dope but i agree with anon that banks HFM2 is album of 2010! thats if u like that real hip hop.. if u like candy then nickis album is the best haha GO OUT AND GET BANKS HFM2

  • jerz30000

    1)My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 7/5 2)The College Dropout/ Late Registraion/ Graduation 6/5 3)808's and Heartbreak 5/5

  • Lino

    This album is by far the best of 2010. He's always bringing a fresh sound and changing hip-hop for the better. Choice.

  • Anonymous

    album was good. but banks had the best album of the year for mine

  • kanyefan

    thank you kanye for this masterpiece

  • kanyelicker

    ok the album is ok. like id expect with the amount of producers on each track. not sure how much can be accredited to kanye. next, he made himself into such a twat, a hate figure.. i now find it hard to take him seriously and even harder to like his wanky music.

  • a

    great album all songs are amazing

  • Charles ExSavior

    The production is all over the place, in both great and bad ways. Great in a way that people came together to assist Kanye, but bad that it really took 3 producers average to create each song. Creatively I would have been more impressed if it were all Kanye's input but it's definitely not the case. Shit, I knew the first song was a RZA beat WITHOUT looking at the credits. 3/5 at best. Far from classic but a good boost for mainstream Hip Hop, something I never gave a shit about after the Golden Era.

  • Steve Rio

    Classic. Deepest, more diverse (sonically & emotionally) album in Hip Hop maybe ever. Thank you 'Ye for fucking up the status quo and showing the industry there are no limits or boundaries on what mainstream can be.

  • mysticnero

    You never use to talk dirty, but now you damn disgusting. My, my god, where’d you learn that? (Yeezy taught me)Hilarious.

  • Anonymous

    Great Album the best 1 ive heard in a couple years. 5 Stars in my book. Kanye is amazing

  • Jon

    Dope as fuck and i love all the beats

  • Anonymous

    lyrically dope, like a murder fucker

  • angelmarin

    the best album of the year

  • AK

    stop shittin on dre,kanye may be one of the best right now but dont forget who keeps droppin non stop platinum plus hits since 1988,detox is finally coming,and dre gon hit this muthafucker way out the park 1nce again.....you'll see!!!ye's album is a masterpeice,probably his best yet,sure is some groundbreaking shit...and his beats are banging again.....Hip Hop Hooraaaayy!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ye has outdone himself...By far his BEST, yes his BEST album he's done. Although not as significant as the others in lyrical weight, I think he took a more themed approach to this one rather than his usual inspirational/convo type flow. He got his emcee on with this album basically. The niggas ferocious on this album and the production is dark and sinister for the most part. Dr. Dre has got alot to live up to with Detox considering what I just heard from YE...And That Kush shit ain't hittn at all. Dre lost his touch? he out-do himself with 2001?

  • CaLi805

    First I would like to thank kanye for thinking about what his fans want to listen to... Unlike that sell out dre... Won't even get into that.... This album actually pretty good... Been a kanye fan since college dropout and though this new album cannot top dropout its a good alternative...i recommend people go out and buy this album and really listen to it...don't just listen to twenty seconds of a song and skip to another... Start at number turn your fkin stereo up and bump it you won't be disappointed...

  • COME ON

    You disagree with rating??? thus album was sick better than anything i heard in a while it deserves the hype get high and listen to it again all the way through and you'll change your minds gauranteed

  • c red

    its ok but its over hyped

  • poxo

    Man, did we all listen to the same album? Coz its like evryone on here going on about how great his album is, but i just aint feeling it. Granted, the production was top notch('genius' even, given the beats coming out these days..) but an album gotta carry the whole package, primarily lyrics. And Kanye didnt bring no shit in that department.

  • kadeem mccord

    Ye went in on this one this album is soooo FIRRRE!!! not else that needs to be said

  • nahh

    I aint feelin it so much.. there's a lot better out there right now who are droppin albums it's just kanye gets the most exposure on dx cos he's fuckin someone at the top of this website.

  • y0shiy0shi

    best album of the year. period

  • Rain

    I feel like an ass for my last comment. I tried to listen to the album before I read the reviews. I thought it was great at first but lack towards the end my first listen. But man after putting on some head phones and carefully listening this shit is Great, I finally get the concept here and the content. Even though this album is more of a good music album with alot of features shit is still awesome, oh and the production is Crazy. Pusha T, Rick Ross,Cyhi Prince and Raekwon made the album even better with there verses. Kanye caught me off guard with this one, had to listen to it more than once to see what it actually is.

  • Anonymous

    Been bumping this album non stop. Ye' does it again.

  • Rave1980

    Kanye does it again..... Another masterpiece it is undeniable. He's making history in our genre of hip-hop and beyond. Not a lot of artists can do what he is doing. The tracks that he 'gave' to us through G.O.O.D. Fridays just got made better on the album. People who diss him and say he's gone 'pop'. He has never compromised his musical vision / intergrity to have a 'mainstream' record. It's just what he does he does well. In stark comparison, the Nicki Minajs of this world, make a record to sound 'pop' to be accepted by the masses. Kanye, keep doing you..... The album is hella nice!!!...... All killer no filler!!

  • AlShan Barnett

    This is most def one of the best reviews that I have read. I don't really know what to say, or want to add on, I've been waiting for this album, the anticipation was high, even though we heard songs, it was like hearing them for the first time. My head nod'd the whole way through, and I wanted more, I loved the album, and it was well worth the money. My favorite all around artist came through once again.

  • Life Accordin' To DUTCH

    ITS FUNNY AS HELL TO READ COMMENTS FROM SHAWTY'S WIT NO ATTENTION SPAN TALKIN ABOUT SONGS BEIN TOO LONG..U OBVIOUSLY HAVE NO MUSICAL EDUCATION AND PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF THE 70'S SOUL ERA..THE SONGS ARE LONG BECAUSE OF THE PUNCTUATION HE TRYING TO PUT ON THE SUBJECT..THEY ARE INSTRUMENTALS FEATURING STRINGS AND HOOKS..IT JUST FUCKIN SOUNDS GOOD DUMMIES..DEVIL IN A RED DRESS..HE GOES IN...RUNAWAY BECOMES AN EPIC MOMENT..AND "BLAME GAME" IS THE BEST SONG OF THE YEAR..THE CHRIS ROCK OUTRO IS A MASTERPIECE..U SHOULD NEVER EVER OPEN YOUR MOUTH IN A DISCUSSION ABOUT THIS ALBUM AND SAY ONLY 6 SONGS ARE GOOD."THERE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT YOU"..U KNOW ITS BAD WHEN YOUR LOCAL NEWSPAPER"CHICAGO SUN-TIMES" IS GIVING THIS ALBUM A PERFECT AND SUPPOSED HIPHOP HEADS ARE TRYING THERE BEST TO COME UP WITH AN EXCUSE ON WHY ITS NOT ALL THAT..U LOOK STUPID..JUST ENJOY IT..OR GO PLAY ONE OF YOUR FAVORITE"DIRTYBACKPACK" RECORDS..SOMETHING NO ONE BUT U LIKES AND MAKE URSELF FEEL "REALER" THAN EVERYONE ELSE...LAME

    • budmix1

      Co-sign on "Blame Game"...that shit's sonic crack..."Gorgeous" is just that, gorgeous. Not my personal fav from 'Ye, but it's tough as nails. Some of the other stuff isn't as good, but "Runaway" is another standout track. All in all another solid set that'll get plenty of spins...

  • Glenn Tucker

    the mans a production genius

  • So appallin

    This shit is ffffffffuckin ridiculous!

  • Mr. West is the best

    Kanye's album is friggin awesome...been a west fan since 2004...I LIKE THIS SHIT...fuckin new hot fresh shit....Outdid everybody this year, cept BIg boi..BB was closelike 99....this is a 100

  • DOGvsRAPTOR

    Such a great album and I'm not a Kanye fan. Every second of this album has been examined and stressed over. My favorite song as of this writing is Devil in a New Dress. Before the Ross verse when the sample dies out, a live band comes in to play the sample, then the sample drops back in. Genius. Best album of the year. And again, I've never been a Kanye fan. I am now.

  • Rain

    Not sure about this album after reading the review, I kinda expecting something else. When I downloaded the album from amazon.com I listen to it and heard all the songs he leaked on this website which was the first half, shit sounded good. But half way through that shit flip on me, and went a whole other direction. the other half of the songs sounded OK but it was just to strange. I love concept albums like food and liquor but the concept here is not that clear. this just comes off odd in a way I can't explain. I have to admit Kanye is the only guy to make this album probably in a month or so then sell millions when there are only 4 hits on the album. After listening to this I went back and listen to 808 and I actually like that better believe it or not. Maybe I need to listen to this again but right now this is not a 4.5 I'm not gonna rate it yet but its lacking.

    • NigelAhmad

      I definitely agree. I think people are so soo used to the garbage that has been coming out, so when they hear something at par, they lose their minds. And I was thinking the same thing that you said cohesive. To me this sounds like a good first album and not someone's 5th album deep.

    • John McClintock

      you know you got it leaked

  • spytgale

    Nothing beats the College Dropout

  • asfsf

    fuck all the fame and high reviews homie when he done sold out to the powers that control us

  • Jack

    great album, of course five stars

  • Uno

    Yeah. Good review but why not the full five stars. There really hasnt really been a better hip-hop album in the last 5-10 years. Its obviously a classic

  • Peach

    Nothing special. I'll give it 3 mics out of 5.

  • Dev

    This album is a 5 star album. Do the math, if 109 people voted this a 5 and the average rating from 135 people is a 4.5 that means that the average score otehr than the 5s is a 2.4. basically everyone else is just hating. Crazy album Best in the last 10 years!

  • Dev

    This album is a 5 star album. Do the math, if 109 people voted this a 5 and the average rating from 135 people is a 4.5 that means that the average score otehr than the 5s is a 2.4. BASICALLY EVERYONE WHO DIDNT PUT A 5 IS JUST HATING! GET OVER YOURSELVES THIS IS GOOD MUSIC!

  • Stu

    My only problem with this album is that Kanye sometimes doesn't know when to end a song. He just keeps dragging the song for so so long. Runaway at almost 10mins was too fuckin long. The rick ross song had a looong empty middle amongst some other ones. Its like he was looking for ways to extend the song's running time. Also how come RZA didn't spit any verse?? That Blame Game song was saved by Chris Rock. I hated the song on the first listen till it got to the end parts All of a sudden I now love the song

    • Lenny

      To me that's what gave the album 5 stars. The long songs were the deepest. For one, the songs being long means it's nothing like the radio. 2nd, it's a metaphor of Kanye himself. For example, the 3 minute outro to Runaway not only added depth to the song, but look at it. It was Kanye humming through a vocoder with violins playing. You couldnt understand what he was saying, right? That's a metaphor of how the media portrays him- you can't make him out even when he says something, but the music he makes is alazing. Thats the theme of the album, it's beautiful yet twisted, dark yet a fantasy, like the title of the album implies. I thought it was ingenius. And besides, I forgot the songs were so long. They felt like every other 3-4 minute song out there. But that's me

    • Stu

      To be honest. he started the album pretty well. then switched into 808 heartbreak mode later on.. It's still a good album nonetheless. But people are praising him for the same exact things they were slating Drake for.. The uber singing

    • Anonymous

      Finally someone who agrees that the songs are to fucking long and that sometimes there's more singing then rapping. thank you

  • yeah

    after listening to this and lil waynes i am not a human being, its pretty clear that weezy has alot to work on if he wants to come up to kanyes level. wayne needs to stop rapping about money and bitches and hopefully he will do just that after his release from rikers (not really sure though, if you listen to fire flame remix). MBDTF almost made me cry, for real, this and recovery is def albums of the year!

  • i'm at work and bored

    eh it's ok. Much better than the last auto tune album.

  • Ian McLane

    Fail on the rating. There hasn't been an album of this caliber since Jay's Blueprint.

  • a realist

    Dark Fantasy- 4/5 Gorgeous- 2/5 Power- 4/5 All of the Lights- 4/5 Monster 3/5 So Appalled 2/5 Devil In a new dress - 5/5 Runaway 3/5 Hell of a Life- 3/5 Blame Game - 4/5 Lost In the World- 1/5 Who will Survive- 0/5

  • a realist

    one thing is clear. kanye has mastered his sound. yet in the process he has lost himself. This album is 12 tracks, 6 of them are good. How is this a 5 star album?

  • best album 2006-2010

    damnnn this album is CLEARLY album of the year, the realest album ive heard/enjoyed to the fullest since lupe fiasco food and liquor. no way is kanye the G.O.A.T, cant even comapare to pac, Big or any of the wu-tang clan. but hes doin his thing and oddly his personal life wants you to listen to his albums and he dosent let you down, incredible album. all the songs are amazing and reply worthy (except devil in a new dress, i dont roll wit that song) but he cudda switched some of the songs that were on G.O.O.D friday, that would of made it a 10/10 for me, but i'd give it 9/10 and best album of the year and best song of the year with power. he aint goin for best rapper, hes goin for what he wants and hes got that in the bag, best album from mr west.

  • YA FEEL ME POTNA?!?!

    honestly..hands down, greatest album i heard in a minute. with that said...front to back this shit (even all 5+1 of the covers) got illuminati written all over it! just listen to "dark fantasy" (the intro) with nicki minaj talking with that accent.. "You might think you've picked a scene But you haven't The real ones far to mean The watered down one The one you know Was made up centuries ago It made it sound all wack and corny Yes, it's all full blasted boring Twisted fiction Sick addiction Well gather round children Zip it listen!" dont even try to tell me kanye isnt trying to tell us something with this shit! and it doesnt stop there, u just got to look for the messages! and the covers! especially the one of him fucking an angel (aka: a phoenix) and the newest one i seen too. the one with the evil chipmunk that looks awfully close to the "evil demon" that kanye pulls from his stomach in the "We Were Once a Fairytale" video. dont be blinded by the bullshit! kanye cant come right out and say it because he will get the 2pac/biggie treatment (someone kills u and they will never ever in a million years find out who killed u, because its all one big fuckin set up and cover up by the illuminati)! but hes trying to dry tell us something and i find it so funny how people dont hear the message kanye is trying to tell us! i.e. "coldest winter video, runaway video, flashing lights video, video of him spitting the same freestlye from the BET cypher but with the OG lyrics at a concert" they just think kanye is rapping random shit and that hes just blowing smoke up our asses. every song ever written has a message/meaning behind it. has the industry really brainwashed u that bad or have u forgotten?!?!?!(disclaimer: if this comment gets deleted, then im right absolutely right and feds will be on the way to my house right now to kill my ass. if it doesnt, then im gonna be looked at as a crazy person) all that matters..is that i love america, but fuck the people that control it

    • Lee

      You are stupid, ignorant, mislead, lost, confused, deluded... the list goes on. You could relate a fucking chair to the illuminati if you tried and we all know you and everyone else ain't gonna do shit about it anyway, so shut the fuck up already, you are boring! enjoy life.

    • This shit is fuckin ridiculous

      Nuh.

    • whats my age again?

      man u just bled them free masons cuhhz. took the words right outta my mouth. much respect

  • Eugene Kim

    This album is a beautiful, masterful inspiration.

  • Anonymous

    Hunger For More 2 Nov. 23

  • Anonymous

    OMG what a kanye stans.

  • grandhustling-

    Mr West is all ways the best.i mean thats another well done album .him now in my tops.fucking great album

  • dmaaaac

    I. Fucking. Love. This. Album.

  • JDGOFTLB

    Yo Ima gohead and say it. Kanye is on the way to G.O.A.T. status, lol. Who is fuckin' with his discography right now? Kanye's Discography: The College Dropout 5/5 Late Registration 5/5 Graduation 5/5 808's & Heartbreak 4/5 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 5/5 Jay-Z's 1st Five Albums: Reasonable Doubt 5/5 In My Lifetime, Vol. 1 4/5 Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life 4/5 Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter 3/5 The Dynasty: Roc La Familia 4/5 Eminem's First Five Albums: Infinite 3.5/5 The Slim Shady LP 4/5 The Marshall Mathers LP 5/5 The Eminem Show 4.5/5 Encore 3/5 Nas's First Five Albums: Illmatic 5/5 It Was Written 4.5/5 I Am… 4/5 Nastradamus 2.5/5 Stillmatic 4.5/5 2pac's First Five Albums: 2Pacalypse Now 3.5/5 Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. 3.5/5 Me Against the World 5/5 All Eyez on Me 5/5 The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory 4/5 Biggie's Albums: Ready to Die 5/5 Life After Death 5/5 Born Again 2.5/5 Duets: The Final Chapter 3/5

  • Joe0226

    fucking incredible album. i'm floored.

  • freemason gfrey

    This is what i call art

  • SO APPALLED!

    im gonna buy the album just cuz i feel like i owe it to kanye after this masterpiece of a hip hop album. yes, this is the kind of quality music i will pay for. hes back and hes on top of his game with the lyrics and the production. front to back, greatest album i dun heard in YEARS! thanks to kanye for this. 5 star classic, hiphopdx u are tripping with the rating yall need to fix that. wat are u waiting to give the first 5 star we have seen in years too? Detox? please..

  • Lenny

    Honestly, I wanna find reasons as to why I can't give this album a perfect score but I can't seem to find any. This album is so good that I actually FORGOT I was listening to a Hip Hop album and almost believed I went to a high-profile opera/concert. I love how the songs are long (5-10 minutes) and actually wish they were longer. The songs are long because that's to show that this shit ain't made for the radio like every other 2 or 3 minute song on the radio. Like the song Runaway, it's 9 minutes long, but the 3 minute ending to me actually feels TOO SHORT. I kinda wished it could go on for another hour. This album has maybe 2 songs fit for radio play. The instrumentation with the violins, pianos and choirs are beyond this world. Kanye seems to have taken the themes of all 4 of his past albums and evenly divided them across a new album. He took the soul sampling of College Dropout, the orchestra arrangement of Late Registration, the Electro-feel of Graduation, and the Auto-Tune expression of pain and hurt of 808s and combined them into 1 album, but didn't use them all over the place, only when they were needed on the album. The guest appearances didn't feel like they were too many, but more like co-stars in a big-budget Hollywood film fulfilling an important role to help move the story forward. Kanye raps only for about a total of 25 minutes on the album, but because of that little bit of rapping time, when he does rap, you notice it more, and it feels like a breath of fresh air. Thankfully I love how it's not a traditional Hip Hop album where they rap, chorus, rap, chorus, rap, chorus for an hour on 1 disc. This year we've been shown Hip Hop bending the rules a little bit to match and blend in with other forms of music. B.o.B. did it with his album, Drake did it (even though his album sucked and so does he in general), Kid Cudi continued doing his thang, Big Boi brought his style to the table, and now Kanye has pushed it farther into blending in almost evenly with other forms of music. With that being said, Kanye may not be the best rapper out there, but he definitely is the best ARTIST. Easily the most ambitious, risky and daring album of 2010, but it ends up being the most realised and best album of 2010 in ALL forms of music. With that being said, I think Ima go agead and give this album a perfect 5/5.

    • TJ

      totally agree man, but im not gona rate anything because people start to get mad and judge once you put a number on something lol

  • phuckyou

    this shit right here is just simply amazing. i dont' ride kaynes dick but if he drops shit like this i mean what else can u do. the beats are banging... he has some dope lyrics. the choruses are on point. i will say some of the songs are a lil over produced and their are some features i could do without. he could haved spit a couple more verses on a few songs instead of letting teh chorus play over and over again. but all n all i haven't heard an album like this where i can listen to just about every song on it. thats really rare in this day n age for any genre. oh and jayz killed it...hate to say it cuz im not big rick ross fan but he killed that devil in a dress song.

  • TJ

    the thing i like about kanye west is that he is a artist..yeaa alot of people argue that he's not that great of a hip hop artist but thats why he didnt give him self a rap name. Kanye West is his own artist, he doesnt limit himself to just hiphop which i believe what makes him a better artist in general..IMO hip hop is about progression and alot of people get stuck on tryna remake their first albums (like a college dropout or late registration) but i mean if you come into the game as a gangster rapper and your still talkin about the same things 5-8 years later, theres no progression in that man..so yea college dropout was the best college dropout kanye could make and late registration was the best late registration he could make and so on and each album ye was at a different point of his life so dont criticize the dude for growing as a person and a artist..but hey i really doubt ye gives a ish wat most people think anyway, thus the bold statements he makes..my little twist on that

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha classic? Not better then college dropout not even close. Fuck this rapping/singing shit. songs of 9 minutes... boring

    • Known

      I would say it's about on the same quality of CD, you apparently only like rap which is good for you, but I mean rap didn't start out gangster so there was probably somebody you in the late 80s talkin about wheres all the party music. It all evolves that's why it's art if you want the same thing every day drink Coca Cola.

  • Lauric Finallyraging Bent

    ye

  • Professor

    This shit is a classic. I listen to Runaway every single day. Also, the best tracks were Power,Monster,So Appalled, Runaway(duh!), Hell Of A Life, & Blame Game. This is a must buy, but it's not on Nas Illmatic status tho. Well Done Yeezy.

  • BK's Finest

    - Over-produced to hide the fact that he didn't really know what to do and where to go with this album. Bink did the best beat and instead to leave it the way it was, he had to over-produced it for the final version. Simple things are often the best. - Too many featurings to hide Kanye's inconsistencies as an MC This album is like an Hollywood set. It looks beautiful and well detailed on the outside but everything is fake and empty on the inside. Anyway I don't know if Kanye is a genius but his groupies are sure not..... 1/5

  • Edi Kajmolli

    dick riding kanye wow he sucks yo lets have a toast for the douchebags? hes the biggest douche bag in the game

  • EZ wider

    @mr west is the best GTFOH WIT DAT BULL SHIT SON.. saying all that like kanye pioneered hip hop, get off his dick and study the game you phony. Saying tupac didnt have raw emotion?? Pac would shout in every interview he had! This is definitely one of the top albums of the year.. but give me a fuckin break john stossil, ye aint no where near pac.. 5 million albums in 2 months!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck outta here....

  • Mr West Is The Best

    By far the greatest hip hop album of all time, from the greatest ARTIST of all time. 1. Mr. West - M.B.D.T.F. 2. Mr. West - College Dropout 3. Mr. West - Late Registration 4. Mr. West - Graduation 5. Mr. West & Jay-Z - Watch The Throne 6. 2pac - All Eyez On Me 7. Biggie - Life After Death 8. Mr. West - 808's 2pac is one of my favorite artists, but let's be serious...He couldn't even come close to kanye's expressive genius, raw emotion, and couldn't reach and captivate an audience like kanye west can. Biggie and Jay-Z are great...but they lack in the area of painting pictures, which only Mr. West can truly do. Mr. West's articulate nature is truly poetic and one of a kind. Sorry haters, but until your IQ level is in the 200 range, which is that of Mr. West, you aren't as worthy. Haters are mad because only geniuses can understand Mr West. The best Mr. West line in case you are wondering - "This is bad, real bad: Michael Jackson". Unfortunately, Mr. West's genius bars continue to go over unworthy people's heads. Stop mistaking Mr West's ego for GENIUSNESS!!

    • Anonymous

      you are have an IQ under 70 if you believe any Kanye album is top 10. Shit makes me so mad. Your everything wrong with the world... douche bag..

    • Jonatan

      LOL, i don't know what is funnier. The original post, or that people can't see the sarcasm. "This is bad, real bad: Michael Jackson" LOL

    • ryan

      I agree, only someone as genius as kanye can come up with, "this that goose an’ malibu I call it Malibooya". Pretty deep stuff. Album was dope though.

    • Jihod

      You must be a blind, crack smoking ass bandit if u think this Kanye album is better than his 1st three or if u think this is in anyway sniffing Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death. if Biggie were still alive, you'd be saying Kanye who? What a poor excuse for a hip-hop fan you are......

  • Marques

    that man is a fucking genius

  • M Dot

    Album of the year period

  • Beatz.

    Kanye's a Genius so all ya'll need to shut the fuck up an RUNAWAY this is THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR! ENOUGH SAID!!!

  • Anonymous

    how can people be hating on this? fantastic job by Mr. West! definitely deserves Album of the Year..no question

  • nomoretosay

    Not his best album...And you can't deny that Eminem's 'Recovery' is the album of the year, but if you refuse to believe that than I guess you'll have to wait for the grammys and watch Eminem win 'Best Rap Album' himself.

  • mrfolarin

    Hold haters.. imma let you finish your hating, but Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of the best albums of ALL TIME.

  • JDGofTLB

    Classic. This just dethroned The Blueprint for my favorite album ever. Easily his best work. Oh and don't try me with that "you dont know music" shit. I garuntee I've heard more great music than the majority of the people that frequent this site. From Sgt. Pepper to Illmatic so miss me with that fuckery. Now, like I was saying, this music is undeniable. Anybody who ranks this lower than a 5 is def. Anyone who even thinks about rating this lower than a 4 loves cock, lol. I bet half you fags ain't even hear the final version, smh...

    • Jihod

      Blueprint is Shitting on this album, they don't compare at all. yall don't wanna go track 4 track because "Song Cry" kills anything on this album, so does "Heart of the City" or "You Don't Know"

  • blee

    kanye is an artist, and this is his art.

  • aTaK

    sorry, but this is THE album of the year 2010....so many emotions, people THIS is music, pure art, thats why someone doesnt like it, because there is one or 2 clasic monster beats other is just beautifull music, some of you dont like it, i do :) pease

  • ItsTheTruth

    In a day and age where Kanye West is considered a genius, it may be the deal breaker for me giving up on society and humanity as a whole.

    • JDGofTLB

      U might as well pack up and hit the caves bruh. Because that day has come. Ask any professional music critique if they think West is a genius. I insist. The answer will help you kill yourself.

  • ItsTheTruth

    Alright, I'll be the first to say it. When it comes to rappers such as Kanye, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne...I think most fans like their image more so than the actual music. And to the person below who said Kanye is the GOAT...I can't help but think that your musical knowledge is about as expanded as the size of your micropenis. Rolling Stone gives this album 5/5 but then goes and gives Nas & Damien Marley CD (MEANINGFUL music) a 3/5. So they, as well as other "professional" ratings, can go suck mainstream radio pop music's dick. And shit, while I'm at it, Fuck MTV. I'm tired of mainstream media portraying what "is" and what "isn't", and brainwashing young minds. They play garbage on the radio and on TV over and over and then go and give it great reviews so people learn to think that it's actually good music, especially when everyone else is listening to the same thing. End of rant.

    • Jihod

      @OHNO Go listen to Neyo, with whip cream on ya nipples it's obvious u don't know real hip-hop....I just can't stand when so-called hip-hop fans dis Nas, yall sound silly

    • Jihod

      Praise Kanye & dis Nas, fuck outta Nas is a living Legend, Top 5 dead or Live. The point is if this is about art who cares if the sales flop??? I mean really who cares? Nas Illmatic 5 mic Classic, Nas- It Was Written (4.5 Mics near Classic), Nas has a Plethora of for Mic albums, ill qutables Guest verses as well (see Raekwon's Verbal Intercourse or Kanye's We Major) for people sit up here and citiized Nas and praise ye is ridiculous and I'm from Chicago

    • OHNO

      I'm sick of these Nas stans for real. Nas's album flopped for lack of promotion and lack of a better appeal. Kanye West's songs are meaningful too. Also, despite the beef with him and Jay-Z, it's clear that Nas signed to Jay-Z's label before he went to form Roc Nation. As for Lil Wayne, let me tell you that Lil Wayne was on that album and even had a better verse.

    • acemoney

      mainstream is what attract majority. if majority of people dont like nas and damian marley you cant gt mad at mtv. people request what they want. i liked the cd, but alotta people didnt. music is opinionated. and majority people opinions are this kanye album is fuckin dope. u may disagree. but numbers dont lie.

  • Joshua El-Tigre Padilla

    Kanye west is The @ wat he Does!!

  • uklastemperor

    So you are saying that this is better than Madvillian? 2.5 stars at best and thats pushing it. How can you give this 4.5 the same as Celph title?

  • tibedo

    Eclectic. He's not the best rapper but he knows how to use his beats and the combination is amazing. He is Hip-Hops John Coltrane in his own right. Its about 5 albums releases that I look forward to and Kanye is on that list because he always delivers a solid project. Lil Wayne isn't on that list.

  • Glenn Tucker

    this a a classic staright up loveing he artistic out look of this album. Kanye is a mad scientist when he comes down to his production.

  • fx

    This album is amazing. Take the time to focus on the production work and lyrics separately, then see how they complement each other and drive the genre forward!

  • Ryan Spliffarachi Whitelaw

    Shit.

  • calibeatbox420

    Well I just got the studio copy and whats listed above is the actual tracklisting. Meaning 80% of these songs were already leaked and theres nothing really new here. Its dope and def one of those albums thats will age better with time...that RZA track in the beginning is way....well done Mr. West welcome back to rhyming

  • Bla Bla

    hiphop at its finest? there is to much fucking singing on the album. Blame game for example is more a john legend song then a kanye song. And what is the purpose to make a song for 8 or 9 minutes and you hear 3 or 4 minutes only the beat??? Also to many featurings. And kanye isn't that good as rapper. Like chuck d said don't believe the hype!!!

    • Anonymous

      Dude this is a good album and kanye does not alot of hype towards him. there are people in the world who stills listen to ghetto trash on the streets and think thats good music. FOR EXAPLE gucci mane, Waka flocka flame, Yo gotti, and many more. Unlike Kanye west , HE does not rap about Getting white woman(In a GOOD way). HE raps it in a bad way because, i think it's Great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      shut Up bitch this is the one of greatest Hip HOP albums of all Time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • fuck you

    all you whinney bitches are mad because your favorite rappers cant drop classics like this. boss up fruit cakes

  • acemoney

    hip hop at its finest. he damn near made a different genre. him and cudi is forever changing the game. (others are too but just talking bout these two on this comment). the beats are jus dumb and brilliant. this nigga puts together a fuckin orchestra on his album. listen to how many different instruments are being played. and how he incorporates the instruments together. for those who dont like this album are scared to open up. They dont want the game to change. There will always be people like that. but there has to be change or hiphop will die. And yet were not just talking hip-hop were talking music, and i mean G.O.O.D Music. (low key i should be a editor or something)

  • Anonymous

    Lol a classic??? How old are you 10 years? Here are some classics: - BDP Criminal Minded. - Nas Illmatic - Rakim Paid in Full - Biggie Ready to die - jay-Z reasonable Doubt. - Wu tang enter the wu-tang. all songs sounds like some extended boring versions with 2 or 4 minutes singing or only listening to the beats. Songs are waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay to long.

    • BIG DEAL ( RAPPER)

      Love every one of those cds yu name def illmatic but kanyes in a different lane an hes more pac with his expressiveness in a commerical way for people to understand an feel him

    • Alexander Zubarev

      Those are 90's classics. This is today.

  • isaac

    to everyone who thinks the album is dope. You dont know good music. This album is complete and utter genius. Unlike other hiphop albums, it talks about the governemtn, racism and ye's personal life. i'd like to see wayne or drake come even close to making something like this. idk if its better then the black album though.

  • Anonymous

    Not feeling it at all, his first three albums are far and away better in my opinion..

  • Anonymous

    Not feeling it, his first three albums are far and away better in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Not feeling it, his first 3 albums are far and away better in my opinion.

  • Perfect

    PERFECT ALBUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jihod

    it's pathetic how many followers there are in the world, the album is mediocre to good meaning 3.5 to 4. Kanye needs to stop snorting coke with Kid Cudi bum ass and make sum real hip-hip. any album with nicki minaj should and will nvr be considered classic or near classic

    • EZ wider

      agreed.. nicki a dumb hoe who should be backhanded for even thinking the thought that shes hip hop. hip pop maybe..

  • mandddyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    5 starz all day every day niggaz! kanye KILLED it wit diz one. u kanye haterz wish lil gayne or n-e 1 from cum money could make sumthin az fuckin epic az diz. classic album of da year handz down. diz album will not b topped for a looooooooooooooooooong time. every1 buy diz shit on nov 22! GOOD MUZIK! GOOD MUZIK! GOOD MUZIK!

  • Mr. West is the best now

    Kanye has offically made himself the GOAT. Yes he's surpassed Tupac, Jay-Z and Eminem with this album. He has FIVE great albums. Not one album is bad, all you can listen to and enjoy. All have a different feel to it. All have pushed Hip Hop in a way. The growth whether its his lyrics or production is just amazing. And this is certified classic. It's like a movie but as a music. You don't even need to watch that Runaway video to understand Mr. West. Eminem had Encore that was kind of wack. Jay-Z weakest album was Kingdom Come. Propably rusty from his "retirment" Pac is overrated as fuck. Kanye is now the greatest

    • JIHOD

      SO kANYE BASICALLY IS A BETTER RAPPER THAN GHOSTFACE KILLAH, LAURYN HILL,COMMON, LUPE FIASCO, GURU, ANDRE 3000, GZA, BIG DADDY KANE, PHONTE................HAHA U FOLLOWERS NEED YA HEAD CHECK. SON IS TALENTED, HIS ALBUM IS GOOD(NOT GREAT, 4TH BEST ALBUM HE'S HAD)PLEEZ SOMEONE TELL ME HOW THIS ALBUM IS BETTER THAN GHOSTFACE'S FISHSCALE OR SKYZOO'S SALVATION??????

    • Anonymous

      HA ha FUNNY !!!!!!! YOU KNOW KANYE WEST WORKS FOR JAY-Z STUPID!!!! OH YEAH THAT COMENT ABOUT PAC IS FUNNY!!! J.K.

    • Anonymous

      Dude This IS the List to see who is the greatest 1.Biggie 2.Jay-Z 3.2Pac 4. SLIM SHADY 5. Big L 6. Ice Cube 7.Krs ONE 8.Nas 9.Kanye West 10.Q-Tip The Number Never Going to make it even though he is dead. Gucci Mane

    • Adrian

      I love Kanye West, but your fanaticism is extreme and jerk. A MC is measured by his letters and in that Kanye is far from Rakim, Nas, Tupac, Jay-Z, Biggie, etc. He has a great career but to be seen in several years.

    • dan

      lmao passed Jay as GOAT? think not...album has a few songs that are fire but this is NOWHERE on the same level as classics from HOV...do your favor and listen to reasonable doubt or Black album and tell me this new-age shit compares...think not my man

    • dan

      LOL passed Jay as GOAT? think not...album has a few songs that are fire but this is NOWHERE on the same level as classics from HOV...do your favor and listen to reasonable doubt or Black album and tell me this new-age shit compares...think not my man

    • Anonymous

      this album is far from his best,its better than 808s but not even close to the college dropout or late registration and graduation those are by a different artist name kanye west- plus where was mos def on this album? or the wack souja boy **** he was sooo hyped about

    • Anonymous

      are u on crack, stop commenting if u have no idea what real rap is

  • samad.biobaku@yahoo.com

    4 out 5 two tracks ruin it

  • Anonymous

    Idiots greatest album of all time? Beats are dope but flows suck also the songs are waaaaay to long. To many featurings. 3,5 star is more then enough.

  • dashstacks

    is kanye illuminati???? or hes just some punk riding on that illuminati wave

  • Mikie Lee Williams

    Classic....album of the year

  • sandro

    Kanye sold his soul to the devil !!!! that rat bastid !!!!!!

  • Black Flair

    Damn he didn't put The Joy, Christian Dior Denim or Don't Look Down on there and it's still a 5 ...Kanye is brilliant..

  • ptone814

    LUPE FIASCO IS THE GOAT

  • rooney

    thought this came out the 22? is it out or is this just the review????

  • JerfyT

    4.5?!?!?! How you gonna take off a .5?

  • RustytheJoker

    Simply The Best Album of All-Time!!!... MANIAC!!!

  • Life Accordin' to Dutch

    this album is a 5 ALL DAY..ITS NO FLAWS FUCKBOYS..THIS MAN JUST GAVE YALL AN AUDIO MOVIE ON WAX..FROM THE INTRO TO THE "BLACK POWER" OUTRO AND ITS THE "DIRTYBACKPACK" SET THAT CONTINUES TO LAME OUT..NOBODY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT YOUR OWN PERSONAL FAVORITES LISTS..THEM SHITS GOT WACK BEATS..NO HOOKS AND NIGGAZ RHYMIN ABOUT RHYMIN..THAT SHIT IS NOT CLASSIC..AND TO THE EAR-DEFICIENT NIGZ THAT THINK "MONSTER' AND "SO APPALLED" ARE THE WEAK LINKS..U LOST YO FUCKIN MIND..U SHOULD NEVER SAY THAT TO ANYBODY OUT LOUD..THEY'RE ALL GONNA LAUGH AT U...WOW.NO MENTION OF EMINEM WACK ASS ALBUM..IM SURPRISED..A DAY AGO HE WAS THE GREATEST..FUC OUTTA HERE..THIS IS WHAT MUSIC SOUNDS LIKE.."BLAME GAME" IS AUDIO GENIUS

  • r4c

    Man I'm sorry but this album sucks! 2.5/5

  • Thissa#1

    Album of the Decade...I think we should all kneel down and thank God that there are still artists that take their craft this seriously. No matter how you look at it, Kanye West has the passion of Stevie coupled with the ghost of MJ bubbling in his work ethic. The final minute and a half of 'Hell of a Life' is FRIGHTENING. All Hail

  • WakaFlockaFan

    i dont like this faggot

  • Mike Meraz

    Greatest Album Of All Time!!?? LMAO! Is that what I'm hearing? This album is dope..3.5/5 "Monster" and "So Appalled" are wak tracks. Should have had ""The Joy" and "Don't Look Down" instead of those two. "Monster" and "So Appalled" keep it from being great. No Way this is a classic album. Good album but I expected a lot more. Not even album of the year. Still got... Nas/Damian Marley, Freeway/Jake-One and The Roots in front of this. No Question. Dope album though. PeaCe

    • jihod

      I definitely think the roots albums were betterl, this album was made for white people!!!! Nicki Manaj should nvr be on the same track as Jigga. Kid Cudi should nvr know be affiliated with Kanye or Jay-z he's wack, his idea are wack,the best track on the album was produced by Bink(Devil in a New Dress), ..........keep it hood ye thats where the glory is dog! 4 mic album at best, no way in the world this album sniff College Dropout, Late Registration, or Graduation!!!!!

    • Neggero86

      Wha?.....listen to yourself. Hip Hip "dopeness" is not an exact measurable science and you dont have the formula to do so locked in ur speakerbox. Art is abstract...and everyone has there opinion...respect it. Stop calling everyone else whack or followers because they dont share your opinion....jus say u dont like the shit and why. and keep it moving.

    • Mike Meraz

      You guys are insane. I'm not sure you guys heard it. It's ok. - Dark Fantasy (Kinda drags, but is dope) -Gorgeous- (Dopeness) -Power (A bit corny, but straight) -All The Lights (Banging!) -Monster (WAK!!) -So Appalled (Wak!!) -Davil In A New Dress (DOPE!!!kinda drags) -Runaway (dope) -Hell Of A Life (meh) -Blame Game (stupid) -Lost In The World (Catchy) 11 tracks...6 are dcope... How can this be album of the year.. you guys need to think for yourselves and not let these reviewers think for you.

    • chiefzs

      havent heard it yet but I got roots as the best this yr to

    • Life Accordin' to Dutch

      THEM albums U MENTIONED ARE NOT EVEN IN THIS ALBUMS LEAGUE BRUH..U SHOULD RE-LISTEN

  • jodyb

    No mention of "Blame Game", fail

    • A reviewer

      Many reviewers don't do song by song reviews because they don't want to spoil the album. Most reviews gives opinions and analysis on the album as a whole mentioning songs that they think stand out

  • DJ SNIKKAS

    potentially the greatest album of all time. 5 stars

  • Christopher Chance

    Brilliant album.

  • CW

    I'm surprised by this. It should have been a 5, and I think most other reviews will see it that way. Hate to say DX but you will regret this rating...yet again

  • What??

    You pointed out no flaws, yet you gave it a 4.5???

  • kps

    Perfection, definitely this years best album along with the G.O.O.D friday tracks.

  • ILLMATIC!

    My god yo, Kanye never fails to deliver. One of the best albums I've ever god damn listened to

  • yo

    fuck anybody who rated this yall needa buy it.

  • K. Street

    True artist. Refreshing that he does what he does without falling prey to the trending that's so prevalent in hip-hop! Yeah, refreshing!

  • K. Street

    True artist. Refreshing that he does what he does without falling prey to the trending that's so prevalent in hip-hop!

  • TheRapBox

    You guys are seriously fucking retarded. Album of the year? deffinitely not... Kayne claims he is hip hop, then he puts out this shit? I can name 50 albums this year better then this shit... Ill start with a few, and if you dont know these then you dont know shit about hip hop either. Unholly Terror, From the Pool Of Genius, Nineteen Ninety Now, Revolutions per Minute, Meletonin Magik, Global Takeover 2: Nu world, The Good Son, A World With No Skies, Kraftwerk... Hell even Block McClouds EP is better then this. Seriously the most disrespectful review i have ever seen to hip hop, and the comments are no better. Get your fucking head straight people.

    • Eric Asare

      @Neggero86 and this album isn't even kanye best album either..production wise it's nasty,amazing, and flawless..but lyrics wise it's not..only some songs got some good lyrics..i focus on lyrics..kanye had better lyrics then this...as far as making music this is a good song..but hip-hop fans want lyrics..and i want better lyrics then this crap..sorry if I'm listening to more then the beat

    • Eric Asare

      @Neggero86 wtf outkast deserves my respect are u stupid...stop conjecturing...ppl like u are so stupid...1st of all i have every single outkast album 2nd outkast is alternative hip-hop that's my favorite sub-genre of hip-hop..3rd i like kanye west more then you do...i been a fan of his since college dropout...it's true what the TheRapBox said..this is not the best album of this year and it's not the best hip-hop album this year either....that doesn't mean i don't have some songs from this but it's true....next time don't talk u know me..i wrote down three words..and u think i shun ppl like outkast..are u stupid.. i even got big boi album which is better then this album....and how i bad for hip-hop cause i don't want to listen to runaway and rather listen to Ballad Of The Black Gold lol

    • jihod

      1.The Roots How I Got Over 2.Jay Electronica- Victory(Better than a lot of albums) 3.Nas and Damien Marley- Distant Relatives 4.Freeway and Jake One- Stimulus Package 5.J. Cole- Friday Night Lights (Better than a lot of albums) 6.Kanye West- Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 7.Big Boi- Sir Lucious Leftfoot 8.Rick Ross- Teflon Don 9.Skyzoo & Illmind- Live From The Tape Deck 10.B.O.B.- The Adventures of Bobby Ray 11.Drake- Thank Me Later 12.Kidz In The Hall- Land Of Make Believe 13.Fat Joe- The Darkside Vol. 1 14.Eminem- Recovery 15.Little Brother- LeftBack 16.Meth/Ghost/Rae- Wu Massacre 17.Black Milk- Album of the Year 18.Bun B-Trill O.G. 19.The Cool Kids- Tacklebox 20.Big Sean- Finally Famous Vol.3

    • Neggero86

      @herewegoyo: and thanks.

    • Neggero86

      young buck?.......Im 30. and outkast was just an example of a group that deserves respect regardless weather or not a hip hop head likes there music or not. thats all.....i think u missed the whole point.....besides naming ONE group isnt a LIST either.

    • Mike Meraz

      it's all good rap box. you did come off a little harssh, but your right, no way this shyt album of the year. Nas/Damian, roots, cudi, freeway and jakeone all better then this.

    • herewegoyo

      neggero86, preach! Naming off your little list of favorite albums don't mean shit to the next man. You need to get YOUR head straight young buck.

    • Neggero86

      @TheRapBox & Eric Asare: Im not the biggest Kanye Fan in the world. But i swear its ppl like u who hold the genre back claiming to know what REAL hip hop is, as if ur taste in hip hop should be the only one...you make yourself sound no different than a racist bigot who feels his view of America is the right one and everyone else's is wrong. Art is subjective and everyone has an opinion and perspective on what hip hop is to them and that is what makes the culture beautiful and keeps it alive and growing because everyone has there own unique viewpoint....Sum of the greatest emcees (Outkast being one of them..regardless of ur opinion of Kast...THE DESERVE YOUR RESPECT...THEY PAID MAD DUES) wouldn't have a career if narrow minded ppl like u held them back because they didn't SOUND like what REAL Hip Hop should sound like for that era. Ppl like you would have denied us of sum of the most beautiful and abstract indie hip hop that has come out these past 20 years...and ppl like you would end up being the catalyst that denies hip hop its due and doesn't allow it to grow past anything more than a passing fad as many passed it off as in the 80's. you sir...are whats bad for hip hop....not Kanye....I may not like him too much, but i CERTAINLY respect this man's talent...and his hustle. Id like to see u do MUCH better sir.

    • raydeezy

      get the fuck outta here with that bullshit list of yours. this album is shoulders above anything you mentioned.You think you know hip hop you dont know shit bout good music.

    • ray

      get the fuck outta here with that bullshit list of yours. this album is shoulders above anything you mentioned.You think you know hip hop you dont know shit bout good music

    • ray

      get the fuck outta here with that bullshit list of yours. Kanye album is shoulders above anything you mentioned.You think you know hip hop you dont know shit bout good music

    • your a tool

      name those 50 albums you faggot. they ain't shit compared to this thing

    • fuckyou

      you're retarded bro.....nuff said

    • Eric Asare

      amen to that

  • Anonymous

    rollingstone gave it a 5... i give it a 5... oh yeah and kanye tweeted this

  • Bubu K

    You can argue that he isnt the best rapper alive but you cant argue that he is the best artist alive

  • mr. M

    wack video. I only liked the half naked angel

  • Ali

    Kanye does it again, album of the year no question 5!!!

  • Anonymous

    Not sure what exactly this reviewer was listening to...this album is "good," at best. It's not nearly in the class of Graduation, 808's, or College Dropout, so I'm confused as to how this can be his best album yet. Musically, it's actually NOT that interesting...just because Kanye uses a vocoder after 7 horrific minutes of an unlistenable 9 minute version of Runaway, I'm supposed to drop to my knees? Other artists this year did much more interesting things musically on their albums--see M.I.A.'s and Kid Cudi's efforts this year. Too often Kanye gets in his own way on this album--the best song might be "Devil in a New Dress," where he largely lets the beat do the work. "All of the Lights" could have been an AMAZING song with that beat, hook, and someone else's vocals. Too much hype, too much Twitter, too much of everything...not enough delivery. Sorry, Kanye, try again in 2 years. Monster is overrated as fuck. With that said we do have shit like Gorgeous and Dark Fantasy that's always gonna be on rewind. Overrated as hell

  • Dab

    This album is amazing. There is no denying that. But are you people listening to BET all day? What's all this shit about Kanye having the only good album this year? The Roots had a great album, Big Boi had a great album, there are a couple other rappers. Kanye is just the face of mainstream rap right now. Yes his album is great. There is no denying that, but these comments making it seem like Waka Flocka or Soulja Boy are the only people who have released an album this year. Now onto the album, the production is out of this world. From my understanding he had a big ass budget for the album and he CLEARLY used every cent by having this top notch production with hip hop's top rappers and singers. Most of the songs are great. All of the Lights is the only let down IMO given the number of guest hurt the song (my opinion) other wise its a great album and an overall great experience. Of course its Kanye. I stand behind this fact though, Kanye's production will always overshadow his rapping skills. Even when he's just killing tracks like Gorgeous the production is so damn good you sometimes forget you're listening to Kanye.

    • Almar

      The Roots had a great album, But I Really dont think they're was that many Great Ones, I Knew Kanyes shit was gonna be the best of the year back in march or april when i heard he was working with Pete Rock, Q-tip and RZA, even though none of those producers made the album it doesent matter, Kanye Has Put out Noteworthy music all Fuckin year, regardless if it is loved or Hated, Im Buying this shit and everyone else should too, I wouldnt be suprised if it sold 150,000 or a Million, This is a Classic record.

  • Anonymous

    Classic!!!!! 5 Stars!!! OMG! This album is what hip hop fans needed! Thanx Kanye!!

  • Unorthadox

    5 Classic, at this moment kanye is Top Dog in hiphop

  • J-hunt da Prodigy

    Album of the year, definite classic. I think ppl are afraid to give it fives, but this is a definite 5 star album. If the source gave Trill OG 5 Mics, they sure as hell better give this one 5 mics. And it deserves a XXL rating from XXL. And any possible award show accolades it can recieve it needs to. Masterpiece man!

  • Anonymous

    fuckin five mics!! best album of the year Anyone that has the nerve to compare recovery to this is fuckin retarded recovery barely deserves the 4 rating kanye is the new genius of rap He dress like a faggot, he's weird, he's arrogant but last and not least he is a musical genius

  • Bronto

    Wow.....this album can't even be rated. This is just something else....something else greater than 5. Where would we be without GOOD music? Everything else right now sounds like nothing else. This is a 5 mic album.

  • Keb

    You serious? Just a 4.5? This is one of the few albums out there that you can play all the way through without skipping or fast-forwarding. It's REAL GOOD music (pun intended). Please re-rate HipHopDX. That is all.

  • SHUTTAMAN

    Like I said u give this less then a 5 THEN U ARE AN IGNANT LITTLE KID THIS ALBUM IS A MASTERPIECE CLASSIC U SHOULD PUT THIS NEXT TO FUCKING ILLMATIC THERE I DONE SAID IT ITS DA SECOND ILLMATIC FROM CHI TOWN FUK WAT YA SAY THERE WONT BE ANOTHER ALBUM THAT WILL TOP THIS SHIT WORD IS BOND. U SHOULD NOT BE LISTENING TO THIS WITH CHEAP ASS HEADPHONES SHIT SAME SHIT GOES FOR ILLMATIC but Nas>>>>>>>>>>hip hop tho means yeezy as well

  • Brandon Adair

    Amazing album. The future of hip hop looks promising.

  • Sir Supanova

    Brilliant, fantastic, amazing, wonderful..... i can go on and on. 5 stars

  • Mike

    5* Best rap album in years IMO

  • TheSecondComing

    Superb album, and a superb review.

  • Yung Silv

    hes pushing the culture forward . . .a masterpiece might be his best album yet

  • Dashing

    Hold up, I just saw some of the other 4.5 reviews. You mean to tell me that the Nas and Damian Marley album is as good as this album? Or the Devin the Dude album? Don't get me wrong. Those are both very solid albums, but this is MUSIC. Ya'll should go back and change this to a 5.

  • trojan@675

    I can forgive the Rick Ross feature I guess 5

  • Dashing

    This album should be rated a 5. There is not one bad song on it. There is not even one "aight" song on it. I've heard people say that some songs are too long. None of them FEEL long. He also focuses equally on the MUSIC as he does to the verses/lyrics, which is different for hip hop but it's dope. Bottom line, Ye's never sounded sharper lyrically, the production is the best he's ever done and the album is tied together in a personal, yet universal theme. It's a classic and should be a 5!

  • ASauceTheChamp

    TOOO DOPE!!! HE DOES IT AGAIN!!!

  • BK

    How can you possibly compare ye lyrically too Chuck D??? When his lyrics actually touch on social issues, which is rare, he doesn't come close to the depth of D. Come on DX step your review game up.

  • Lauric Finallyraging Bent

    5....5...5...5

  • Lauric Finallyraging Bent

    Classic....This Hip Hop...and groundbreaking music!!

  • Anonymous

    one flaw songs are waaaaaaaaaaay to long. songs 6, 7, 9 minutes! Way to long

  • dukecityspecialist

    Out of this world production, but the lyrics were not up to par with what usually comes with a ye album ,and there was waayyyyyyyyyyyy 2 many features!!! Hop off ye's dick dx this album is a 3.5 at best

    • dashing

      And the lyrics? Listen to the lyrics on "Gorgeous" and tell me that Ye doesn't sound sharper, more serious, have more of a message than he's EVER had. Or Blame Game. Or Power.

    • Dashing

      I agree that So Appalled had too many features but outside of that tell me who should not have been on there??? "Too many features" is a criticism for artists who use features juat to work with the hottest artists and boos their own profile. Ye used artists that fit perfectly on each track. Ross on Devil in a New Dress? Classic. Raekwon on Gorgeous? Classic. Nicki Minaj on Monster? Classic. And don't front like "All of the Lights" isn't dope.

  • YeezyDaLord

    Best Album Of All Time

  • Bob

    LOL HHDX!!! I must say I was eagerly anticipating your MBDTF review to see if you'd finally break out of your 4.5 star rating mold for really great records & give an universally acclaimed record the full 5 (see kanyetothe (dot) com for acomprehensive list of professional reviews) ... But I know you'll change your mind by the time you're doing the year's end review, just like u did with Graduation! Maybe Jake Paine can explain the basis for knocking off that half-star...

    • vicoustrampe

      i guess u didnt c where kanye wrote on twitter about the review "Really tasteful well written review http://www.hiphopdx.com/feature/30in30/page8.php Thank You" So if he is so happy with it why are you so upset? It was a great review, fair, and tasteful like KANYE said.

  • Bob

    LOL HHDX!!! I must say I was eagerly anticipating your MBDTF review to see if you'd finally break out of your 4.5 star rating mold for really great records & give an universally acclaimed record (see link above) the full 5... But I know you'll change your mind by the time you're doing the year's end review, just like u did with Graduation! Maybe Jake Paine can explain the basis for knocking off that half-star...

  • JohnnyBLaze

    Revolutionary for hip-hop

  • John Lynch

    best album of the year thus far, which is saying so much with albums out by Big Boi, The Roots and Nas. kanye continues to change the way that people appreciate rap and music as a whole.5 stars imo

  • pavel sukany

    Sorry but album is nothing special i think everybody overhyped this album so much... Big Boi and Eminem albums 5/5, kanye 2/5 But the truly best album came in 2011.. cant wait for WE ARE LASERS .... Lupe lyrically rape Kanye

  • herewegoyo

    Easily the best and most complete hip hop album IN YEARS. I haven't followed Kanye all that closely but I give credit where it's due. I liked the first album but for the most part I just like a single here and there. This album is a whole different story. A friend of mine sat me down and had me watch the Runaway video and I thank him every day. lol Taken individually there are one or two songs that I'm not in love with but when I let it play through they fit right in there. That said, my enjoyment level is at about a 4 but its a 5 based on the fact that it completely transcends anything else going on in hip hop right now. Everybody has to step their game up. I think Detox just got pushed back another year. lol

  • b4real1692

    Real talk this should be a 5/5 album. You can play this album straight through. Kanye knows how to make good music and in my opinion this album was not top notch lyrically, but it didn't take away from the album. I still wish Kanye did not put RICK ROSS on the "Devil in A New Dress" song. He should of just use J. Cole's version. Thats the only flaw in this album

    • dashing

      I disagree. Ross killed that verse. One of his best. "I shed a tear before the nights over God bless the man I put this ice over Gettin' 2Pac money twice over Still a real nigga, red Coogi sweater, dice roller I'm makin' love to the angel of death Catchin' feelings never stumble retracin' my steps" Classic.

  • Realhiphopky

    Great Album, I'm not Scared to Give it a 5!

  • Anonymous

    grow a pair dx and rate an album a 5 for goddam sake. when you say everything is amazing about an album, that meens it is a 5. a 4.5/5 meens you have something wrong with it, so what is it?

  • IliaDaGreat

    that;s my boy since day 1. not many artistes left in the rap game like him. compared to the other stuff being put out..kanye is on his own spaceship. nobody can touch him, and his review should be 7 or 8 on that scale. i really wish there was competition he can be compared to... be original whack rappers ...that's if you can

  • Realtalk82

    Man I'm sorry people but I gotta say this album is almost like one big song for me! I say that because I can put on in the deck and let it ride out thee whole album! Shit is sick! Period! Ye has been grinding for this record and he did a great job! More artist gotta do this! So far this year MBDTF and Big Boi SLLF get my nods for the best records this year(well my Favs) Good music always!

    • Billy Bucks

      I have to agree 100% about the Big Boi album. Big Boi hasn't left my cd player since I got it. I tried Kid Cudi, but that's another story. I haven't heard Kanye's yet but I'm very excited to hear it

  • Indiemuzik

    Instrumentals:5/5 GOAT Lyrics:3/5 (This is MDTBF's flaw that prevents it from being a classic!) There done end of story...I'd rather just vibe to the instrumentals...which cost about $3 million to make! And to everyone praising this album, realize that there could be consequences in the near future. Ie what if Kanye replicates this type of production on a Drake or Lil Wayne album instead of Mos Def. It would give the advantage to big budget mainstream rappers over actual MC's who work to hone their craft in lyricism. A few weeks ago I thought that MC's had the advantage in all aspects, including production, and that all they needed to do was utilize their efforts to invade the mainstream. Now Kanye's MBDTF comes out and it's like seeing the fucking Deathstar destroy a decade of work the underground established. I mean where are guys like Stoupe, Ant, and Exile suppose to get $3 million for a production budget!?