My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

 
Bleak, explicit messages overrun thoughtful hip-hop record.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The many dark, despairing messages in these songs present a particularly bleak view of the world.

Positive role models

With his colorful public life and dark music, West is a complex, complicated entertainer and certainly not a clear-cut role model.

Violence

References to domestic violence.

Sex

Several fairly graphic references to sexual situations. For example: "And my bitch in that new Phoebe Philo / So much head, I woke up to Sleepy Hollow."

Language

Lots of use of language like "f--k" and the "N"-word.

Consumerism

References to products and famous people weave throughout the whole record.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lyrics about drinking and pills.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is chock full of adult content, including lots of profanity, graphic sexual references, and allusions to substance use. Perhaps just as troubling, the songs' overall tone is exceptionally depressing -- making the whole package too mature for even some older teens.

What's the story?

MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY is the fifth full-length album from hip-hop mogul Kanye West. Never one for lyrical brevity, West once again pours his heart out in these 13 long songs, many of which explore the pain and difficulty of his life. His scathing commentary on everyone and everything -- from his musical rivals to women -- is extremely bleak and punctuated by plenty of foul language, very graphic sexual descriptions, and mentions of substance use.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

West has the kind of rare talent that makes other music pale in comparison. His beats are unique among hip-hop productions, and the list of guest artists that he's recruited reads like a who's who of the rap, hip-hop, and R&B worlds: Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, Kid Cudi, and Alicia Keys, to name a few. The end result is a record that haunts -- both in its dark lyrics and its achingly beautiful arrangements. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the album's dark tone. What is West saying about the nature of celebrity?

  • This album has been critically acclaimed; what's so unique about this particular record?

  • Do you think West does and says shocking things simply to get attention? Does his talent ever get lost in his attempts to shock?

Music details

Artist:Kanye West
Release date:November 22, 2010
Label:Def Jam
Genre:Hip-hop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 16 years old Written byPulp Exorcist February 6, 2011
age 13+
 
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Great messages
Adult Written byla41792 May 8, 2011
age 13+
 

My 14 year old sister even knows right from wrong on this album.

Yes, this album has plenty of profanity and drug use and other things but they are his experiences. I just graduated out of hight school and i've heard 15 year olds speak worse then the profanity you would hear on this masterpiece. I've heard more explicit stories about sex in a locker room than anything Kanye says on this album. I know plenty of people that have done worse drugs than those Kanye speaks on in this album. Your 16 year old kids may have even already lived the things he has spoken about on this album. If you really think stopping a child from listening to this music is going put them in a better "environment" then you're wrong. Try home-schooling before anything.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 16 years old Written byHiphophead123 November 9, 2014
age 15+
 

MBDTF Is a Masterpiece!

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is Kanye West's 5th album. It was released to high expectations and a ton of hype due to Kanye's previous albums being so excellent and successful. Did this one match the hype? Heck yeah. MBDTF (acronym for the album name) is an album full of interesting subject matter about Kanye's life and where he's been, and brilliant production. The featured artists were chosen perfectly for the right tracks. Kanye's lyricism and flow were top notch. Overall the album was a classic. The album is broken up into three parts: The "beautiful", the "dark" and the "twisted". Which songs go into those categories is for you to figure out. I don't want to spoil this album too much. The content on this album may be too profane and explicit for some. The profanity is very common, with many uses of "f--k", "s--t", "p---y", "b-tch", the "N" word, "a-s", etc.. The sexual content is rather common too, with many references to having sex, getting/receiving oral sex, "falling in love with a porn star", etc.. The violence is present at some parts, but there isn't any notable violence. Some drug content but it is hard to remember. Overall, I'd recommend it for 15+ for the language and sexual content on here.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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