‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is a modern masterpiece.
On his fifth studio LP, Kanye takes the role of a traditional music producer and focuses on sourcing the best cast to assemble his fairy tale.
To highlight and analyse the influence of the album, we have invited a diverse range of different artists and creative individuals to share their experiences of Kanye’s opus, and its impact on their own work.
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The Process, by Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune
On how Kanye brought all of the elements together…
“Prior to its release, I didn’t really know what to expect from ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’. Kanye was going in a whole different direction to the previous album. When he was doing the GOOD Friday records, I was like, ‘What the hell is he doing?’ But after listening to the album first time through you can tell every part of that album, whether massive or minute, it was thought about and calculated.
“That was my first thing: Kanye was always a top dude and polished, but this is polished beyond polished! It didn’t really hit me properly until I was riding around to it. Certain times in rap music a project, person or area will really push everybody else to do some different shit. And listening to that album I was like, ‘This is going to make people’s taste level go up a little.’
“I related to the collaborative spirit of it. He used a lot of different people literally like instruments; he didn’t use them just because of how big their name was. I try to work in that way myself, especially with producers; I’m really big on my production and a real stickler on that. You have to be hands-on with everything. You have to know what each detail sounds like, because you need to know how to attack your bars. I definitely felt that on ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’. It’s one of the reasons that I never try to do the same thing twice; you do it, you done it, do some new shit.
“I really relate to the personal aspect – with women, every man can relate, but maybe me more so than others because I really go through that shit. To put that in a way where every song has a story and it’s real vulnerable, that’s dope. That’s something that is lacking in rap at the moment; people are scared to be vulnerable, and everybody is scared to take down their cool.”