Monday, November 23, 2015
my beautiful dark twisted fantasy
Kanye West took the road to redemption through twisted fictions and sick addictions creating a hostile gospel out of inter century anthems based off inner city tantrums. After four groundbreaking albums (The College Dropout in 2004, Late Registration in 2005, Graduation in 2007, and 808s & Heartbreak in 2008), the mercurial hip hop artist decided to take a break from music and pursue fashion in the wake of controversy surrounding his stagecrashing during the MTV Video Music Awards. He withdrew to Hawaii, where he began working on his next album, flying out collaborators and producers in what he called "rap camp". Keeping engineers on call twenty-four hours a day and sleeping in the studio, he spent millions over several months working out the songs in the studio.
Most of 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' was recorded at Avex Recording Studio in Honolulu, with additional work done in Burbank at Glenwood Place Studios, as well as Electric Lady Studios and Platinum Sound Recording Studios in New York City. West co-produced the sessions with Jeff Bhasker, Bink, DJ Frank E, Emile, Lex Luger, Mike Caren, Mike Dean, No I.D., RZA, and S1. In addition, Jay-Z, Kyambo Joshua, L.A. Reid, and Gee Roberson were executive producers alongside West. The sessions included imput from dozens of artists, some of which did not make it to the final album.
West would reveal: "'Dark Fantasy' was my long, backhanded apology. You know how people give a backhanded compliment? It was a backhanded apology. It was like, all these raps, all these sonic acrobatics. I was like: “Let me show you guys what I can do, and please accept me back. You want to have me on your shelves...I don’t have some type of romantic relationship with the public. I’m like, the anti-celebrity, and my music comes from a place of being anti. That was the album where I gave people what they wanted...It’s always going to be 80 percent, at least, what I want to give, and 20 percent fulfilling a perception...You know, even a Kanye West has compromised. Sometimes you don’t even know when you’re being compromised till after the fact, and that’s what you regret...I don’t want to come off dissing “Dark Fantasy.” It’s me never being satisfied and then me coming and admitting and saying the truth. As much as I can air things out for other people, to air things out for myself, to say, “I feel like this could’ve been stronger.' ... I never feel like I'm not the underdog. I never felt completely comfortable...I know how it feels when the night demons come. Sometimes when it hurts so bad we have to just lay in the bed. Just lay in bed and don't move...Sometimes I turn the music up and drink and cry ... I have imperfections, which are very human, very real, very believable. The greatest thing an artist can be is believable ... Man, life is really, really awesome, I will not lie to you. With everything I've been through in the past year, God has prepped me to be a soldier and to fight for my art, and that's what I'm doing."
'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' soared to number nineteen in Germany; eighteen in Ireland; sixteen in the UK; ten in New Zealand and Switzerland; six in Australia; and number one in Canada and on the US Rap, R&B, and pop album charts. It made its debut at the top of the album chart in the US. 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Album. Despite almost universal critical acclaim, it was not nominated for Best Album.
Runaway (Full-length Film)
All of the Lights was nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year; and won Grammys for Best Rap Song, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'
1. "Dark Fantasy" (Kanye West Robert Diggs Ernest Wilson Jeff Bhasker Mike Dean Malik Jones Jon Anderson Mike Oldfield)
2. "Gorgeous" (featuring Kid Cudi and Raekwon) (West Wilson Dean Jones Che Smith Corey Woods Scott Mescudi Gene Clark Roger McGuinn)
3. "Power" (West Larry Griffin, Jr. Dean Bhasker Andwele Gardner Ken Lewis Francois Bernheim Jean-Pierre Lang Boris Bergman Robert Fripp Michael Giles Greg Lake Ian McDonald Peter Sinfield)
4. "All of the Lights (Interlude)"
5. "All of the Lights" (West Bhasker Jones Warren Trotter)
6. "Monster" (featuring Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver) (West Shawn Carter Patrick Reynolds Dean William Roberts II Onika Maraj Justin Vernon Bhasker)
7. "So Appalled" (featuring Swizz Beatz, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Cyhi the Prynce and RZA) (West Wilson Dean Carter Terrence Thornton Cydel Young Kaseem Dean Diggs Manfred Mann)
8. "Devil in a New Dress" (featuring Rick Ross) (West Roosevelt Harrell Dean Roberts II Jones Carole King Gerry Goffin)
9. "Runaway" (featuring Pusha T) (West Emile Haynie Thornton Bhasker Dean Jones John Branch)
10. "Hell of a Life" (West Mike Caren Wilson Dean Sylvester Stewart Tony Joe White Terence Butler Anthony Iommi John Osbourne William Ward)
11. "Blame Game" (featuring John Legend) (West Justin Franks Khloe Mitchell Dean John Stephens Richard James)
12. "Lost in the World" (featuring Bon Iver) (West Bhasker Manu Dibango Vernon Gil Scott-Heron)
13. "Who Will Survive in America" (West Bhasker Scott-Heron)