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Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ turns 10: a look back


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10 years ago, on November 22nd 2010, Kanye West released My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, one of the defining albums of the 21st century.

It was a tumultuous time for West. The rapper had recently broken up with his model girlfriend Amber Rose; his public image had been ruined by the infamous Taylor Swift row during the 2009 VMAs.

His fifth album, then, offered solace. He underwent a much-required self-imposed exile from the fame and infamy. West relocated to Hawaii, inviting along several noteworthy producers and artists as varied as Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Rihanna, Drake, and Elton John.

What followed was a time of inspired creativity. The days were long and…



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