Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (33 1/3)

Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (33 1/3)

Kirk Walker Graves


In the 1st decade of the twenty-first century, Kanye West created the main compelling physique of dad track by way of an American artist through the interval. Having risen from obscurity as a precocious manufacturer in the course of the ranks of Jay Z's Roc-A-Fella documents, by the point he released My attractive darkish Twisted fable (MBDTF) in past due 2010, West had advanced right into a grasp collagist, an alchemist able to transfiguring semi-obscure soul samples and indelible beats right into a brash and susceptible new paintings form.

A examine the arc of his profession, from the heady chipmunk soul exuberance of The collage Dropout (2004) to the operatic narcissism of MBDTF, tells us in regards to the march of father tune into the electronic age and, by means of extension, the contradictions that outline our cultural epoch. In a cloud-based and on-demand tradition - a spot of accelerating virtualization, loneliness, and hyper-connectivity - West straddles this severe second as what David Samuels of The Atlantic calls "the first precise genius of the iPhone period, the Mozart of up to date American music." within the land of taking a selfie, honing a private model, and publicly melting down on-line, Kanye West is the undisputed king.

Swallowing the chaos wrought via his public personality and digesting it as a grandiose allegory of self-redemption, Kanye sublimates his narcissism to color masterstroke after masterstroke on MBDTF, a 69-minute hymn to egotistical extra. Sampling and ventriloquizing the pop song prior to inform the tale of its destiny - a great deal a story of our culture's want for unfettered electronic ubiquity - MBDTF is the album of its time, a cultured self-acquittal and non secular autobiography of our era's such a lot dynamic artist. 

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