Artist: Kanye West
Date Released: 11/22/10
Title: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Genre: Pop Rap, Experimental
Performances/Features: This album may have the best casting of features of all time. Every feature on this album is placed perfectly, from Kid Cudi delivering an amazing hook on Gorgeous, Pusha T dropping two of the best verses on this album, Bon Iver being a major part of a couple tracks, helping craft the sound on this album, and Nicki Minaj, dropping the best verse of her career. The monstrous 14 features on All of the Lights, including Rihanna, Drake, John Legend and Elton John results in a great sonic experience. Vocally, everyone was great. Kanye at the end of Runaway genuinely sounds devastated, with the chorus of the song being sung (sounds like crying) through a vocoder. Lost in the World also features the vocoder vocals with Bon Iver, which results in a very climactic ending of the album The heavy voice distortion on Gorgeous really added to the raw sound of the instrumentation on that track. All the production on this album is amazing because the performances by people like RZA (Dark Fantasy), No I.D, Mike Dean, Blink! (Devil in a New Dress), Plain Pat (Monster), and DJ Frank E (Blame Game). All around, Everyone that worked on this album did a hell of a job creating a modern masterpiece.