The time has finally come for me to begin my countdown of the best albums of the past year. There’s still a few days left in the year so I don’t feel late, I’ve been parsing through all of the music that has come out this year and I’m overwhelmed with the amount of amazing shit that has come out recently. And a year is a long time, some shit came out early in the year that I’ve moved on from but I still have to give them their props as well.
Anyway, to begin I’m gonna go with everyone’s current favorite album, Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy at #10
I was about to put this album as an honorable mention, but listening to it I can’t help but at least give it a spot.
Kanye West feat. John Legend: Blame Game
Just listen to Blame Game where Yeezy actually makes John Legend somewhat interesting since he knows he can use bad words on this album. After Legend does his soulful thing Kanye talks about some real feelings. I am genuinely moved by some of Mr. Kanye’s lyrics and I’m really proud of him. Then he has a conversation with a robot pitched down version of himself and I can’t help but fucking love Kanye’s production.
and I forgot to even mention that the track is based off of a sample of the simply beautiful Avril 14th by the electronic music genius Aphex Twin
Aphex Twin: Avril 14th from the album Drukqs
As the beat continues Chris Rock does an actually funny bit where it is revealed that Yeezy can teach a woman how to treat a man well. This isn’t the first time someone uses Avril 14th as a beat for a joke:
Sorry for the shitty quality. Andy Sandberg didn’t exactly get permission to use Aphex Twin‘s song so some shit went down. And I can’t help but love Adam Levine’s smooth voice.
After the fun of Blame Game, the album ends with some lovely Justin Vernon intervention on the rambunctious Lost in the World. And a charged exit with the quick and brutal Gil Scott Heron sample-fest of Who Will Survive in America. Personally I love Kanye’s condensing of Heron‘s poem a thought-provoking ending is a perfect way to get people to come back. Good Job Mr. West.
Kanye West feat. Bon Iver: Lost in the World
Kanye West: Who Will Survive America Really Gil Scott Heron’s Comment #1: