Kanye West loves that people love him. I mean after all, he is the voice of a generation, a lyrical wordsmith, and a gayfish. In all seriousness though, 808s & Heartbreak sucked. Like it was bad. Thankfully he has taken a step in a right direction.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is actually.. really really good. Like really good. For god sakes Rolling Stone gave it 10 out of 10. Kanye (or Yeezy apparently) dropped most (not all) of that shitty auto-tune he was all about in 808s and just made 13 solid tracks.
Even Pitchfork music, the PBR-drinking fixie-riding pompous narwals, gave it a 10.0. They say the album is perfect. Pitchfork's Rob Sheffield doesn't avoid the stereotypes Kanye's earned himself up to this point:
On Twisted Fantasy, Kanye is crazy enough to truly believe he's the greatest out there. And, about a decade into his career, the hardworking perfectionist has gained the talent on the mic and in the control room to make a startlingly strong case for just that.
Maybe, just maybe. No doubt a few of these tracks will come to replace some of the horribly overplayed singles from Eminem's Recovery. In my eyes, Em secured his spot as the most competent artist with his most recent, but every single Top-40 station across the nation has managed to beat a dead horse playing No Love, Not Afraid, and Love the Way You Lie steadily since July.
Kayne has fashioned his own niche, capitalizing on the more recent hip-hop idea of avoiding cookie-cutter song structure and composition. Still riddled with sampling and synth, I think his rightly-placed sequel to Graduation (yes, let's treat 808s like a bad case of the chicken pox, never again) is hitting all the right chords. A bit like Cudi's Man on the Moon I I dare say.
See for yourself, this is a quick favorite showing Yeezy (Lemme take this moment to note I hate that he calls himself Yeezy now. Not just because Dwayne Carter pretty much owns those rights, but because it's Kanye as in Kahn-yay. Voice of a generation, lyrical wordsmith.) going for the new dark, heavy, sound. And NAILING it.
Monster [feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver] by FoxtrotSport
Special shout out to Nicki Minaj, who with her "They say Nicki you the bestest/I just be comin' off the top, asbestos" line had pretty much earned her spot with brokeNCYDE and Justin Bieber for worst artists known to man in my mind. She just might have what it takes.