Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: Have we heard it all already?

Kanye-WestImage Credit: George Napolitano/FilmMagic.comEarlier this week, Kanye West‘s forthcoming fifth album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, became available for iTunes presale. Along with that came the unveiling of the album’s track listing. Officially released singles like the defiant “Power” and self deprecating “Runaway” are there. And several songs released through West’s free weekly G.O.O.D. Friday series like the Nicki Minaj-assisted “Monster” and “So Apalled,” which features Jay-Z, also made the cut. Not to mention “Devil in a New Dress” and “See Me Now” with Beyoncé–which he dropped rough versions of this summer. And then on Saturday in his culture-clashing short movie, Runaway, Kanye debuted huge chunks of “Dark Fantasy,” “Gorgeous,” “All of the Lights,” “Hell of a Life,” “Blame Game,” and “Lost in the World.” Add all of those up and that’s the entire album.

Bummed out there won’t be any “new” tracks or surprises when you unwrap the packaging come November 22? You shouldn’t be. For one thing, Kanye’s only given us two whole finished tracks that we can probably expect to remain as they are on the album: “Power” and “Runaway.” The cuts featured on Runaway function more so as abbreviated songs to score the movie. We never even heard him rap on “Blame Game”–just John Legend’s crooning over keys. As for the G.O.O.D. Friday gems, Kanye laughed at the idea that those were finished when he leaked them in an interview with MTV after the movie’s premier. “Even though the track listing [is out],” he started, “People, they think that they’ve heard these songs. No, the have not heard these songs.”

And let’s not forget that Kanye is known for adding songs and creating new mixes of tracks at the 25th hour. When his debut album, The College Dropout, was almost entirely leaked by hackers early in 2004, he went back in the studio to best the bootleggers and thirsty bloggers, adding new instruments and drum patterns to it before it had to be submitted to his record label. And just as Graduation, his third album, was due in the summer of 2007 he cranked out “Flashing Lights.” So who’s to say that what we’ve heard is it?

As they do with all pre-ordered albums, iTunes warns on Kanye’s that “the pre-order contents listed here are subject to change without notice and the final product received may differ.” In this case, I expect exactly that.

Do you feel like Kanye spoiled the album for you? Or do expect a couple a new nuggets in your Fantasy meal? Let us know in the comments section.

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  • Juan Carlos

    The “Runaway” short film got me even more hyped for the album. I’m getting this on 11/22.

  • Miss Talk

    Kanye has something in mind for sure.

  • Tony

    still a buy for me

  • jhuntdaprodigy

    While I admit being dissapointed at the lack of new material upon seeing the tracklist, I’m crossing my fingers that Ye switches it up, which with his track record for doing that, and being the perfectionist he is, is still pretty likely. I’m buying the album beardless though, b/c he’s my favorite rapper & he’s been dropping straight fire the last few months

  • Phil

    I think we have heard it all, and Kanye is just going to re-release the disc, or continue his G.O.O.D. Friday free downloads. I don’t think the “Watch The Thrown” disc will ever see the light of day, and/or he’ll just jump head first into his next disc. But I am interested to see where “Monster” lands on next week’s Billboard Hot 100 since the song has finally cracked iTunes top 10 today. I also wonder if they’re going to put out a video for “Monster”, shame it couldn’t have been done in time to be released for Halloween !

  • BeBe

    I really like the song he did with Rihanna but not sure about the album…

  • Tev

    I am going to get two copies when it comes out.

  • Malique

    Kanye West is a relentless and unpredictable genius. He has a lot of spatiality in his mind to where he knows how to sort out what is necessary and what isn’t. So i’m pretty sure he had some stealthy intenitons to purposely leaking unfinished tracks. Nonetheless I cannot wait to buy the album. I’ve been a huge fan since 2004! He is sincerely one of the most, if not the most, influential people in my life!

  • Malique

    person in my life*

  • Awsrico

    as a true Knaye fan, I’m buying two albums the day it comes out.

  • jayjayjj50

    just to add not even the runaway that has been release is the final version. He going to add the voice samples he uses when he performs the song live and its going to be 8 minutes long. By years end kanye would have release close to 30 songs(this does not even include songs he was feature in as a guest). If he able to release watch the throne by march 2011, that just be the icing on the cake.

  • q213q

    It will be flop….poor kanye lol

  • Kenneth

    Hopefully he puts the track with MIA on there. She’s freakin awesome

  • diamond

    nooonooo not kanye ii really cant stand him no more

  • Treez

    The short film Runaway was a beautiful masterpiece of visual artistry and sonic precison. No matter your personal feelings one cannot deny kanye’s vision or genius. Name another artist over the last 20 years who puts so much thought and passion into the visual presentation of their music? Gaga comes to mind or maybe a Massive Attack live show…

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