In his fifth release, The Chi-town Nigga With a Nas Flow, The Lebron of Rhyme, The Pornstar Lover, The Malcolm West who “had the whole nation standing at attention” takes listeners into his Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Yes, the eogistic monster Kanye West is back and proving that he is still one of the most innovative producers in the game. He pushes his art to a new level by fusing funk, rock, soul, r&b with a handful of hipnotizing rhythms. The interlude to “All of the Lights” features a light, gorgeous unison between the violin and piano while “Hell of a Life” samples heavy prog-rock riffs. His musical genius comes through on the second half of “Runaway,” in which Yeezy distorted his voice through a vocoder that sounds like an instrument made for alien. Although his beats often overshadow his ryhmes, Yeezy is stronger as a rapper. His flow is less breathy and his swag better than ever even next to swaggermen like Jay-Z and Pusha-T on the appealing “So Appalled.”
Musically speaking, Yeezy achieved his fantasy. As far as his rhyme, here’s the closest one: “I put the pussy in a sarcophagus / Now she’s claiming I bruise her esophagus / Head of the class and she just want a swallowship.” Dark and twisted, yes. Beautiful? It’s questionable.