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As if Kanye West‘s revered 2010 album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, needed any more critical recognition, GQ has placed the album at number one on its list dubbed 21 Albums from the 21st Century Every Man Should Hear. Of course, anointing one album as “the one album” you should listen to from a 14-year time span needs to come with some sort of explanation, so GQ provided this reasoning:
It could’ve been any one of the seven albums West released this century, as fascinating a catalog of celebrity, triumph, love, loss, terrible puns, pretty decent puns, that was ever fucking put together by a single artist. MBDTF was just the record where he talked about all those things at once—a portrait of a man seizing the spotlight, drowning in it, and then somehow finding a way to turn that harrowing experience into art. Anybody who wants to be famous or make music for a living—or do both at the same time—should be forced to listen to MBDTF first. The rest of us are free to enjoy it for the bloody, hard-won, titanic achievement that it is.
But, chances are if you read through music blogs you have already heard MBDTF, so consider yourself ahead of the curve. In related, non-Kanye news, other noteworthy albums to make the list’s cut include D’Angelo’s Voodoo, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, Ghostface Killah’s Supreme Clientele, and J Dilla’s Donuts. Check out the full list here.