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#5 Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
We've only just barely escaped the hysteria that surrounded this album when it was released a few weeks back, so we'll refrain from going on about it at length anymore than we already have. We'll simply say that Mr. Kanye West has gone and made a very special rap record here—one that pushes the genre's boundaries in myriad unexpected directions and that plays with the very notion of how a rapper is supposed to behave. It's a flawed record, bogged down by some really stupid lyrics and a good deal of unnecessary length. But remember: all the other records on here are flawed in some ways too. Let's not hold it against Kanye that, despite what he believes and what some people keep telling him, he didn't achieve perfection. Key Track: "Power"