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Hit or Miss: Hip-Hop

 

Known for his infamous lyrics and unique swag, Kanye West returns with another album. We all know it’s been awhile since West has been in the limelight because of his incident with Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. However, everything has been put to rest and he’s amazed us once again with the album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to be released

Nov. 22. 

West brings hip-hop together with the help of artists such as Swizz Beats, Pusha T, Dwele, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Elton John and many others. The rapper teased fans with snippets of the album’s tracks in his short film entitled Runaway

Other songs on the album such as “Monster” and “Devil in a New Dress” have been released every Friday, aptly called “G.O.O.D. Fridays” after his record label G.O.O.D. Music, which stands for Getting Out Our Dreams. The track, “Monster” that features Rick Ross, Jay-Z and female rap sensation Nicki Minaj give the album hardcore appeal.

Throughout the entire album, listeners are put into West’s life. Between his situation with Swift, his breakup with former model girlfriend Amber Rose and the bad publicity he occasionally receives, fans feel every emotion embedded in the album. “Lost in a World” starts off with a smooth melody that allows West to tell a story. The song provides insight on how he feels about the world with metaphors that will have listeners thinking. “Blame Game,” another song on the album, features singer John Legend, offers a mellow beat similar to the popular single “Runaway” with his lyrics placing blame on other people. 

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is not much different from what is expected of West, but the musical style is more inspiring. Listening to the album from start to finish, fans will hear West delivering his word on an entirely new level. He doesn’t just deliver hip-hop; he incorporates different elements of music like a true artist.  West also brings an evident passion with verbal paintings that prompt new perspectives of the world around us. West is back and he has proven with this album that he will never be stopped. 

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