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In the book of First Timothy, Chapter 1, verse 15, the Apostle Paul wrote: "Here is a trustworthy saying: Christ came into the world to save sinners — of whom I am the worst." Approximately 2,000 years later, Kanye West updates that sentiment, writing "Let's have a toast for the douchebags, let's have a toast for the assholes." This couplet arrives in the back half of his practically perfect, brutally dark fifth record by which point, in lieu of outright salvation, a good stiff drink will do just fine.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy could be subtitled Kanye in Blunderland; in the grand, fascinating, multi-installment, decade-long piece of theater that is Kanye West, this is the one where he tumbles down the other side of the mountain and discovers that the world is run on an acrid brew of hypocrisy, malice and double-standards and that the ogre living in the castle at the top of the hill looks an awful lot like the guy you see glumly staring back at you in the mirror every morning.
The album opens with a spoken-word prologue by Nicki Minaj (in an accent that suggests Mary Poppins by way of American Life-era Madonna) which serves to… read more »