Label: Roc-A-Fella, Def Jam
Kanye West crafted what's arguably, and technically (if you look at reviews), his best solo album to date. We knew it would be special after hearing "Power" and "Runaway" and his ridiculously dope posse cuts "Monster" and "So Appalled," but little did we know that this album would be damn near perfect. With every G.O.O.D. Friday leak, rap listeners became more excited to hear the entire album, and once the full fantasy was presented, it was too good to be true.
From the witty lyricism on "Gorgeous" and "Devil In A New Dress," to uptempo masterpieces "All Of The Lights" and "Lost In The World" and the pornographic "Hell Of A Life," Kanye gave us everything we could have wanted from the album. Add in guest production by the RZA, Nicki Minaj's intro and show-stopping guest verse, and Chris Rock's comedic "Blame Game" rant, and you have yourself a five-star album that still sounds just as fresh as the day it dropped. — DI
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