Note: The album’s original cover (drawn by George Condo) depicts Kanye West being straddled by an armless phoenix. Both characters are shown nude. George later revealed that Kanye wanted a cover image that would be banned. Four other original artworks (along with the phoenix one) were sold with the album. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Q&A. Does this album have any certifications? Yes! On January 11, 2011, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy officially went RIAA Platinum, being certified for over 1,000,000 album units. The album also went Platinum in Australia. How did the album chart?
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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. I'm not sure which song he's talking about.
Long Answer: Kanye West has always been an ambitious musician. For My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, his sweeping ambitions expanded into his cover art as well. Similar to how he worked with Japanese surrealist painter Takashi Murakami on his third album, Graduation, Kanye teamed up with American artist George Condo on this project. Where Kanye's showed his ambition for MBDTF was that he and Condo created multiple album covers. Though there is only one cover in stores, there are five official MBDTF album covers, along with three or four other covers that were created
The effort to canonize My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy as one of hip-hop's all-time high points is already underway, and I'm confident that Kanye's new album can weather the backlash that all potential classics must confront. But which other releases impressed critics last year? We run down the 40 highest-scoring albums, and also examine the best releases of the year in various categories.
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My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy earns its title. Kanye combines deep melancholy and triumphant hubris into a stunningly intense experience, from the chiming handclaps of "Power" to the despair of "Blame Game. Brilliantly, Kanye couches these fantasies in a progressive hip-hop context, inviting Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj and others to participate in the madness.