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Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy — Review

Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West’s album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was released last week to rave reviews. Rolling Stone gave the album 5 stars — no other album has received a 5-star rating in the last two years. When I signed onto I-tunes the day before Thanksgiving to buy the album, the first six reviews that were listed were entitled: “AMAZING, Spectacular, The finest Hip-Hop album since Illmatic, Don’t think buy, Amazing, The greatest rap album of all time!” Phewwwww…….the CD couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. I purchased the CD, which is available with two different album covers, and spent some lonely hours driving to see my family for Thanksgiving. I was able to listen to the CD five or six times through, and here’s the scoop…..

This is a very, very good CD. Kanye throws Jay-Z, Beyoncé, John Legend, Kid Cudi, Rick Ross, and many others into the mix. The album has distinctly Kanye beats all the way through, they are varied, and they are interesting. Lyrically there are a few gems (something about God not being a racist and having Kanye on his Ipod playlist) but there’s a lot of nonsense as well “…put your hands to the constellations….I’m your sensation.” Is the album political? Yes. Controversial? Yes. But you’ve got to expect that from Kanye. There are some clubby aspects to the it, some soul aspects to it. I would have liked a little more “hood” feel to it — you’re not going to pump this driving down the block in Compton (on hydraulics, obviously).

Overall, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is not the epic achievement it’s being made out to be. This is not The Chronic, this is not Illmatic, it’s not even on the same block. Yes, it does sound particularly good when you listen to the whole thing in order, that part is true. In howiGit’s rankings, I gave 10 songs the “G” (Good) and 4 song “NG” (not good). That’s a lot of good songs for a single album, but the truth is this CD lacks hits — there aren’t really any home runs, just lots of base hits.

I think that the best song is “So Appalled,” despite the ridiculous (pun intended, listen to it) chorus. Jay-Z delivers the best verse. The other songs you will still be listening to years from now are “All the lights,” “Blame Game,” (Chris Rock….really?) and the current single “Runaway,” with its equally horrible chorus (although I admit I liked the VMA performance).

If you like Kanye West, or if you just really like rap music, you’ve got to get this CD. If you don’t fall into either of those categories, then you can pass this one by. I’m not ready to put a musical halo around Kanye and send him up into the clouds, but Kanye’s undeniable talent and unique style certainly do shine through on this album.

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Eminem, Jay-Z Host Legend’s Night at New York Concert

Jay-Z Eminem Concert Yankees Stadium

By Jimmy Cunningham, howiGit New York Staff  Writer

Legends Field is home to the New York Yankees during their spring training in Tampa Bay. Tuesday night, the Bombers were out of town and a slew of rap legends took over Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. In what was billed as a Jay-Z and Eminem concert (which would have been enough), the night turned into a veritable who’s-who of rap’s past, present, and future.

Eminem kicked things off with songs from his new Recovery album as well as favorites from his previous six LP’s, as well as performances with Detroit’s D-12. After the D-12 set, Em launched into his breakout hit “My Name Is”, at which point, right on cue as the lyrics “Dr. Dre said…. Slim Shady you a base head” approached, Dr. Dre appeared and proceeded to follow-up the song with “Still Dre” and the classic “Ain’t Nothing but a G-Thang.” After the crowd exploded for Dre, who promised the release of his much-anticipated Detox album, 50 Cent and G-Unit arrived to perform “Patiently Waiting.” Eminem left the stage, leaving 50 and company to keep the crowd warm until he re-emerged to perform a medley that left the crowd exhausted. As the lights came up in the Bronx, you would have been able to go home, exhausted from a crazy show. Except this was halftime, and New York’s own Jay-Z was still to come.

The crowd was given a much-needed 20 minute break before Hova would take the stage. Jay entered and was followed almost immediately by Kanye West. Kanye and Jay killed, performing songs from an upcoming collaborative CD from the both of them which, if Tuesday was any indication, will be fire. Jay continued, performing what can only be described as a dream set, featuring every major hit and classic throwback the fans wanted to hear.He was joined by both Drake and Nate Dogg, gave a shout out to Big Herk in the front row, had Mary J. Blige come out for a song or two, and was joined by Eminem for one last time for their song “Renegade”. Jay closed things off bringing Beyonce on stage for “Forever Young” and finishing with “Empire State of Mind” that closed the show and almost tore down the house that Ruth built.

This was a concert which featured performances from legends of the past, current superstars, and artists who will be the stars of the future. Walking out, you felt like you wanted more, but not one song you wanted to hear was left out. It was literally a dream set, performed by the some of the greatest artists ever to pick up a mic. The energy from start to finish was unbelievable and you got the feeling that only Yankee Stadium, Legends field north, could handle that type of night.

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