It won’t be for almost another two weeks until we can officially pick up Kanye West’s latest offering, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, in stores and online. However, as is the case with nearly all albums in this current stormy music industry climate, the project leaked prematurely to the Internet yesterday (for more on album leaks, check out Thomas Golianopoulos’ feature on the phenomenon in the latest issue of XXL).
Some of the tracks we had heard before via G.O.O.D. Fridays and the Runaway short, and others we hadn’t. Even the ones that had been previously released featured some sort of tweaking. What else would you expect from Yeezy, though?
As one of the most anticipated albums of the year (if not the most—in hip-hop and beyond), we’re certain that MBDTF will get plenty of coverage across the board. Reviews, critiques, covers…it’s all bound to happen. But here, we break down our October 2010 cover subject’s fifth solo disc—by the numbers.
Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.
(Just don’t tell that to my 12th grade statistics teacher…What up, Mr. Bunker.) —Adam Fleischer
Tracks: 14 (including the bonus track)
Length: Roughly an hour and 15 minutes
Tracks with only Kanye on the Vocals: 1 (“Hell of a Life”)
Tracks without Kanye on the Vocals: 2 (“All of the Lights Interlude” and “Who Will Survive in America”…“My Way Home,” anyone?)
Tracks with Other Artists (Features or Backup): 12
Time Kanye Raps: 19 minutes and 59 seconds
Time Kanye Sings: 5 minutes and 16 seconds
Time Featured Guests Rap/Talk: 11 minutes and 3 seconds
Tracks that Appeared (in some form) as G.O.O.D. Fridays: 4 (“Monster;” “So Appalled;” “Devil in a New Dress;” and “Runaway” “See Me Now”—the unofficial kick off)
Artists on “All of the Lights”: 14 (Rihanna, John Legend, Drake, The Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, KiD CuDi, Elton John, Alvin Fields and Ken Lewis)
Featured Artists on Album: at least 24 (possibly more at this point)
Featured Guests on Rick Ross’ Teflon Don: 15 (and you thought that had a lotta features?)
Artists on Album who Are Dropping a Project in November: 3 (Kanye, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj)
iTunes Price: $14.99
Amazon.com Price: $11.99
Torrent Price: We don’t condone illegal downloading of music. That being said, to quote Kanye in “Breathe In, Breathe Out,” it’ll cost you “Free 99.”
Years on Earth: Elton John, 63; Big Sean, Kid Cudi and Nicki Minaj, 73 (Combined)
Grammy Awards: Well over 50 (Kanye, 12; Jay-Z, 10; Elton John, 5; Beyonce, 16; Alicia Keys, 13; Kid Cudi and Big Sean, None yet, but they’re on the way—XXL Freshmen stand up!)