It doesn't hit the streets, legally, until Monday, but Kanye West's long-gestating My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy leaked a few weeks back. Since then, Rocks Off has been spinning our preview copy quite a bit at the office.
It's not the completely finished version about to hit stores and digital outlets - it's missing the requisite sketches - but it's still the best version of the album available now.
Within, the past two years of West's life come to a head, from the death of his mother, fallout from '08's 808s & Heartbreak and the Taylor Swift debacle to the various haters he finds himself surrounded with. It's full of guest stars like Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Dwele, Rick Ross, John Legend and hip-hop's newest leading lady, Nicki Minaj. The list goes on...
Fantasy is West's coming-out party, now five albums in. If the first two were West gaining his footing, and the last two chronicled him warping his persona, Fantasy is the sound of the guy in him going online and fully functional.