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Sunday, 2 January 2011


46324, USA. Monday October 18, 2010. NO WEST FOR THE WICKED: Rapper Kanye West has launched a Twitter tirade after his latest album cover was banned in the US. Kanye, 33, says officials have ruled that the front of his 'My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy' album is too explicit. The cover art on the front of the CD features a couple with demonic faces and wings straddling each other on a sofa. Writing on Twitter Kanye says the image has been banned in America - meaning the album won't hit the shelves. He wrote: ''Yo! They banned my album cover! Banned in the USA! They don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix! ''In the '70's, album covers had actual nudity... It's so funny that people forget that... Everything has been so commercialized now. I know that cover just blew y'all minds... I wish y'all could see how hard I'm smiling right now! ''In all honesty, I really don't be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers. I wanna sell albums but not at the expense of my true creativity. Photograph: Supplied by , USA: +1 Disclaimer: BWP Media Inc and their brand Pacific Coast News does not claim any Copyright or License in the attached material. Any downloading fees charged by BWP Media Inc and their brand Pacific Coast News are for its services only, and do not, nor are they intended to convey to the user any Copyright or License in the material. By publishing this material, the user expressly agrees to identify and to hold BWP Media Inc and their brand Pacific Coast News harmless from any claims, demands or causes of action arising out of or connected in any way with user's publication of the material.

5/5. Just when everyone thought he was done, he did it again. Mr. West is back in the building, and he really shook it this time. The dark and twisted beauty of this album may just make it the best thing Yeezy's done after dropping out of college. 'My Beautiful, Dark, Twisted Fantasy' is the album all Kanye fans dreamed about, that he made a reality. After giving away some of his best work for free via 'G.O.O.D Friday's' Kanye showed he had even more classics at his disposal. From a real 'Monster' collaboration (we see you Nicki Minaj, thank you) to 'All Of The Light's' (and apparently all of the industry) shining, Kanye had the hot hand on every track. From the sick, 'So Appalled' to the 'Power' and grand design of 'Devil In A New Dress', West fashioned some more envelope pushing hip-hop for the ages. Channeling Wu-Tang and Pusha T influences into tracks, Kanye scalled every element of the genre. From crack addictive rap ('Runaway') to sharp, deep cuts of the lyrical sword ('Gorgeous') Kanye made his declartion as hip-hop's best loud and clear for all of us to hear. He showed us a 'Hell Of A Life' with an education in higher power music. Even Chris Rock knows that Yeezy taught us well. Now he won't have to speak up at the next Grammy's, his trophy cabinet will do the talking. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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