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10 Thoughts About Kanye West and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy When The Rainbow Isn’t Enuff

Let’s start at the beginning – this album is a classic. And if the term classic is too nebulous for  you or you think that no album can be called as such until its lasted the test of time, then let’s just call a spade a spade…

…the only person who could even come close to making an album better than this is Kanye West. Not Dre. Not Jay. Not Lil Wayne. Nope, Kanye’s only competition at this point is himself. Lucky for him that’s probably still too much competition for him so he’ll probably  have a heart attack challenging the mirror to an album-off, die of exhaustion, and then go down in the annals of rap history as the best producer of all time. OF ALL TIME!!!!

Now that we’ve got that out of the way here are 10 things to think about.

1) This album really is the best produced piece of work I’ve heard in years. Kanye swung for the fences and might finally get that Grammy for Album of the Year that he wants so badly. Dramatic production, actual musical arrangements, crystal clear mixing, full and developed compositions, technically sound, risky, etc. In a time of what seems like the most minimal beats possible catching our imagination, Kanye does the complete opposite and gives the most body and volume we’ve heard since Dr. Dre produced Doggystyle and The Chronic.

2) Which leads to this minor problem – just minor – Kanye gets lost a lot in the music. It’s so heavy on the production side that Kanye almost becomes an afterthought, which is easy when he stops rapping 3 minutes into a song that lasts for 7 minutes.

3) If the only song on this album was “All Of The Lights” I’d still say it was a classic album and would go on the television circuit and say it over and over again. I can’t tell you how much I love this song. I want to fornicate with it and make little flourescent children. I want to sing sweet lullabyes to it while I rescue Chilean miners. I want to sweep with it while I put on an apron that says #1 Booklover. I hope to one day feel about a woman the way I feel about this song.

4) The aforementioned song would be even better if Kanye rewrote his verses. Instead of an odd song about baby-daddy situations on one of the most triumphant beats ever, perhaps he could write about something more fitting, like himself. He does that so well, why pick THIS song to take off?? That Kanye, what a card!

5) I have to wonder why he gave it such a gaudy title. Most classic albums – and I’m sure if anybody knew what he was doing it was Kanye – have very easy to state short album titles (nowadays anyway). Like The Blueprint, Aquemini, etc. Like how do we even shorten this. We’re ninjas, we call ninjas named DJ “D” for short. Do we call it Fantasy? My Beaut? Darky? Sexxy Two Piece? Me no know. And why now does he decide to go gaudy after the rest of his albums had rather pointed titles.

6) Kanye has officially placed himself in a lane all by his lonesome. There is no other producer out there who can say they are doing what he’s doing. I felt like the Quincy Jones/Stevie Wonder comparisons were premature before. Now they’re apt. And for you geniuses out there, that’s not shorthand for apartment.

7) I have no idea why “Monster” AND “So Appalled” made this album. Not together. It reminds me of the time in college when these twins wanted to be Kappas. They were carbon copies of the eachother down to the grades. So for that line (which was only taking 5 seniors and they were seniors), either they took both and lose out on somebody else or none. Like how do you distinguish between ninjas who were literally the same. That line? Choose neither. Kanye did the opposite.

8 ) I’m vastly underwhelmed by the Pusha T experience thus far. But in fairness, I never liked him that much to begin with. He’s rather boring and you could replace him with any other rapper and probably have gotten more excitement. Except something called a Cyhi Da Prince who adds nothing either. No jester.

9) I’ve honestly never been as impressed with an album as I am with this one. In fact the only word I could mutter after listening it through the whole way through the first time was “f******************ck”. I actually yelled out my car to an old white lady, “was that as good for you as it was for me?”

I got her number.

10) I think Kanye leaked this album himself. For three reasons: 1) It’s the clean version; radio stations can (and have) run hogwild with the sh*t well before its release and drum up more excitement; 2) Kanye ain’t even the least bit pissed and  has been on Twitter telling folks his favorite songs; and 3) Kanye isn’t as concerned with money as he is his legacy so he can do that and realize people will still purchase it. He’s one of a few artists that will sell ESPECIALLY once people hear how great it is. Plus he’s already rich and dates racially ambigious birds AND women.

Oh, and listening to this album does not make his video make any more sense. But the music is as brilliantly vivid as the imagery and color he used in the video.

Thank you Kanye for making an album that I want to lay down and caress and touch and massage. I’d lick this album’s toes. Thank you Kanye for making me want to lick toes.

Any thoughts? I know you heard it. And if not? Holler at somebody.


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Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

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  • ApolloBlaQ

    I feel like I’m the only person actually waiting on listening to the album when i buy it on Nov. 22. even tho everybody else seems to have it.

  • well damn.

  • Yeezy taught me.

  • Caballeroso

    Wow, another post about Kanye. I must really be the only person in VSB land who is indifferent to Kanye. Does Kanye give VSB marketing dollars?

  • themagicman

    I agree with everything you said until you got to the Pusha T reference. I think i’m going to have to stop you right there. While nothing disturbs me more than a grown man with braids, his skills are impeccable, and brings some of the wackest songs on Ye’s album to life. i.e. “So Appalled,” and “Runaway.” I almost feel like Ye needs Pusha, more than Pusha needs Ye.* Pls see the Funkmaster Flex freestyle if you need more convincing, where the employee outshines his boss. But, if you’re looking for excitement, you can prob go out and purchase (download) Nicki Minaj’s album. I’m sure here ish will be chalked full of personally…

  • Perfect Square

    “In a time of what seems like the most minimal beats possible catching our imagination, Kanye does the complete opposite…”

    My sincerest regards to Soulja Boy Tell ’em, Wocka Flocka Flame and all the Lils. Real music is b(l)ack!

  • I got it Friday, and I haven’t listened to it yet. It’s funny, because I know I’m going to love it, so I’m not in a rush. I love Kanye. But, I will listen to it before I go to sleep, and come back with a better comment in the morning. lol.

  • #1 Despite Lauryn Hill winning Album of the Year, I doubt Kanye will. The fact that Taylor Swift beat Lady Gaga shows that they’re still pretty conservative. And she released a new album this year. Uh-oh.

    #5 The title’s fine, I’m just glad he decided against this cover art

    #6 “Now they’re apt. And for you geniuses out there, that’s not shorthand for apartment.” <===I loved that line

    #8 I'm just glad that Pusha T adopted the cornrows Lloyd shaved off

    #9 I just heard the whole thing tonight (on the radio – I didn't get a free bootleg) Props for getting it in with an old while lady. Not mad at ya

    #10 I do wish he made a longer version of "Power." I actually liked the concept

  • two things about the best hip-hop album since “supreme clientele” (there’s two types of people in the world: people who agree with me about this, and necrophiliacs. which one are you?)

    1. i love “all of the lights” so much that i think he should have said “f*ck it” and made it 20 minutes long. seriously, that song is so f*cking ridiculous that i wouldn’t have been surprised if george w. bush even made a cameo talking about “i knew a bitch katrina/ya’ll n*ggas should have seen her/wet all the time/make a cracker spit a rhyme”

    (btw, you could substitute “hell of a life” for everything i said about “all of the lights” and the paragraph would still work)

    2. ***tweets I made from the VSB twitter account Friday***

    The 5 gayest (nttawwt) things Champ and @panamajackson said to each other after hearing My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy for the 1st time?

    Champ: “I know this is kind of gay sounding, but i actually got chills thinking about how great the album was”

    Panama: “I wished he released this in the summer so niggas could be rolling EVERYWHERE blasting this from cars”

    Panama: “I cant lie. I’m in love with this album and want to fornicate with it daily”

    Champ: “I want to go home and listen to this album again”

    Panama: “lol…this album is making you pretty gay huh?” Champ: “i don’t care”

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