Kanye West’s ‘Fantasy’ Silences Critics

In recent years, Kanye West has become better known for his awards show antics and early show outbursts than his music. His latest effort and fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, however, is winning over the same critics that once spurned him.

MBDTF is likely the best-reviewed hip hop album this decade, garnering 5 stars from Rolling Stone, a perfect 10.0 Pitchfork score and a 9/10 rating from Spin among other rave reviews. West ditches tracks auto-tuned within an inch of their lives and predictable sample-heavy production for more personal content and a decidedly slower pace than his past efforts.

Rolling Stone asserts, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is his most maniacally inspired music yet, coasting on heroic levels of dementia, pimping on top of Mount Olympus. Yeezy goes for the grandeur of stadium rock, the all-devouring sonics of hip-hop, the erotic gloss of disco, and he goes for all of it, all the time. Nobody halfway sane could have made this album.” While USA Today notes, “Though he’s rooted in a genre where rappers shield their emotions, West succeeds by doing the opposite. The result is an epic, adventurous aural mélange that easily outstrips anything he’s done.”

West surprises the staff at Rolling Stone:

West showcases his lyrical acuity over an eclectic array of beats throughout the 13-track set, rapping alongside Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Rihanna, Swizz Beats, John Legend, Bon Iver, Raekwon, Pusha T, Prynce Cy Hi and The RZA.

Checkout West’s mini-movie for the single “Runaway” featuring Pusha T.

West discusses returning from his year-long music hiatus:

West faces steep competition this week from the chart-topping animated emcee Nicki Minaj, whose album Pink Friday also drops today and who is featured on MBDTF, as well as pop phenom Ke$ha, but something tells us that Kanye isn’t worried one bit.

No one can guarantee that West is fresh out of excuses for bad behavior, but his latest album will keep his name on the tips of critics’ tongues for good reasons (for now at least).

What do you think of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy?

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