Release Date: November 22, 2010
Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Writer(s): Kanye West, Ernest Wilson, Mike Dead, Che Smith, Corey Woods, Scott Mescudi, Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn
Producer(s): West, No I.D., Dean
“Penitentiary chances, the devil dances
And eventually answers to the call of Autumn
All of them fallin’ for the love of ballin’
Got caught with 30 rocks, the cop look like Alec Baldwin
Inter century anthems based off inner city tantrums
Based off the way we was branded
Face it, Jerome get more time than Brandon”
Just like “Amazing” from 808s & Heartbreak, the title of “Gorgeous” contrasts sharply with its lyrical content. Kanye delves deep into how discrimination shapes the lives of the average black person in America, while also reflecting on how his own blackness has affected his career.
This song comes early in My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, before many of the songs that would go on to become the album’s biggest hits. Kanye’s verses here are some of the best he’d written up to that point in his career though. Along with the opening track, “Dark Fantasy,” “Gorgeous” set the stage thematically for arguably the greatest album Kanye has ever made.
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