My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Explicit)
by Kanye West
Released: Nov 2010
Label: Roc-A-Fella Records
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy earns its title. Kanye combines deep melancholy and triumphant hubris into a stunningly intense experience, from the chiming handclaps of "Power" to the despair of "Blame Game." Brilliantly, Kanye couches these fantasies in a progressive hip-hop context, inviting Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and others to participate in the madness. The high price of materialism serves as a running theme. "This pimp is at the top of Mount Olympus," he says on "Gorgeous." But when he aspires to "jumping out the window" on "Power," one wonders if it's all worth it.