Artist: Kanye West
Album: “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
Best Production: “Devil In A New Dress”
Extended Play: “Runaway”
Kanye West needs no stage name. The American public has known his name since the 2009 Grammys incident, where West interrupted Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech for her Best Female Video award. After this moment people assumed West’s career would be terminated, with even the at the time president, Barack Obama calling West a “Jackass.” Only a miracle could save the Chicago rapper, and he delivered.
Secluded at a Hawaiian recording studio with stringent rules, West utilized his large number of contacts to create an impressive and lengthy list of collaborators and features for “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.”
Yet this was not West’s apology, rather he doubled down, embracing his egotistical media perception, giving everyone in his way the middle finger. West raps about his influence, importance and even own mortality on “POWER” with a hard hitting King Crimson sample. Defying all odds and creating a grandiose experience when a flop could’ve killed his career, this album is a must listen for the decade.