My Beautiful Dark Twisted Dystopian Fantasy Essay

1903 Words Dec 13th, 2016 8 Pages
Tramel Raggs Runaway: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Dystopian Fantasy
There were many possible directions to take with this project and in light of the recent ongoing battles with mental health and depression my subject has endured, I have decided to dedicate this research to one of the introspective and controversial artists of our time, Kanye West. West is a critically acclaimed, Grammy winning hip-hop musician known for his breakthrough developments in sound, ranging from his production ability, songwriting, and rap delivery. Kanye West is credited with the creation of one of the great moments in hip-hop history, releasing studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy released on November 22, 2010. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 100 and is certified platinum selling album having sold over 1,000,000 copies. Notable musical critic magazines from Slant Magazine to Rolling Stone have named it the best album of 2010, and among the best music albums of all time. I chose to focus this research on his short film “Runaway,” a thirty-minute visual that serves as the personification of the album in its entirety. Runaway depicts Kanye West as the leader of a dystopian world, and his battle with his own artistry as well as the pursuit of his love interest, a half-woman, and half phoenix being. Runaway is extravagant, with beautiful people, beautiful outdoors settings as well as the beautiful home his character resided in, dancing and music galore.…

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