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Surely Kanye West needs no introduction? My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the fourth record from the critically acclaimed/controversial rapper, and is by far his most ambitious to date.
Daniel Griffiths - Editor, Future Music says: Every beat feels like an experiment and if that means deliberately leaving elements rushed, distorted, and badly recorded then so be it. Besides, there’s always something lush, complex and jaw-dropping going on around it to prove that the mistakes are anything but.
Vocals throughout are amazing. Kanye sounds spontaneous and passionate and contributors such as Rihanna, Jay-Z and Nicki Minaj are extra dry, all given the ‘turn me up’ treatment their status demands.
It’s overly long yet simultaneously a whirlwind. It’s taxing and demanding but successfully emerges as a new commercial, Hip-Hop that dodges both old-skool raw and Peas-style Pop. Best (read: maddest) record of the year.