My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the fifth studio album by American rapper and producer Kanye West. It was released on November 22, 2010, by Def Jam Recordings and Roc-A-Fella Records.
Following a period of public and legal controversy, West retreated to a self-imposed exile in Hawaii in 2009. There, he worked on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy in a communal recording environment involving numerous contributing musicians and producers. The recording sessions featured guest appearances from: Bon Iver, Jay-Z, Pusha T, Rick Ross, Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj, John Legend, and Raekwon, among others.
The album was produced mainly by West, along with a variety of high-profile producers such as: Mike Dean, No I.D., Jeff Bhasker, RZA, S1, Bink, and DJ Frank E. Music journalists have noted the album features a maximalist aesthetic and opulent production quality with elements of West's previous works, including soul, baroque, electro, and symphonic styles, as well as progressive rock influences. Thematically, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy explores West's status as a celebrity, consumer culture, race, and the idealism of the American Dream.
To help market the album, West released free songs through his GOOD Fridays weekly free music release series and four singles—the Billboard hits "Power", "Runaway", and "Monster", and the international hit "All of the Lights". West promoted the album with music festival performances and a short film set to the album's music, Runaway.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and eventually sold over 1.3 million copies in the United States. The album was a widespread critical success and named the best of 2010 in many publications' critics polls, including the Pazz & Jop. Several professionally curated lists later ranked it among the greatest albums of all time.