News: Kanye West Startles Dark Twisted Fantasy With A "Devil" & "Monster"
Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 5:28PM
Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West has revealed what G.O.O.D. Music Friday songs would appear on his upcoming Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album.
According to West, his recently released "Devil In A New Dress" and "Monster" records will be on the new LP.
So when MTV News caught up with West at the Los Angeles premiere of his "Runaway" film on Monday -- the same event where he told us there would be five different covers of Dark Twisted Fantasy -- we asked him if any of the G.O.O.D. Friday tracks would actually appear on his album. And, after thinking about it for a second, he matter-of-factly told us. "'Devil in a New Dress' is on the album," he said. "And 'Monster' is on the album." "Devil" premiered in early September, one week after he dropped "Monster," a massive track that features Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj and Bon Iver mastermind Justin Vernon. That song was reportedly scheduled to appear on the West/Jay team-up Watch the Throne, though apparently that plan has changed. (MTV)
Recently Rick Ross, who is also featured briefly on "Monster," talked about the record being composed and Nicki Minaj's verse impressing him.
"That was the day Nicki Minaj earned my respect as a lyricist," Ross said about recording "Monster" in Hawaii with West. "Before that day, she was a great entertainer but for me, with my own two eyes, to get in the studio and see her write her verse and when I heard and watched her lay it, I knew that was going to be one of the greatest verses of this year as well as Kanye. He said it right then. That was just a big day for hip-hop...Sometimes you her rhyme and at some points it's almost unbelievable and you can't help but think, 'Wow, it must have been a room full of people helping her out with that one' even me as an artist that's considered to be a dope emcee. But to be in the studio and for me to actually watch and actually watch her get in the booth and rock back and forth the way she do and to hear the sh*t she was saying. I tipped my hat off to her and told her right there but just to see the end result and just see everybody's reaction..." (Rap-Up TV)
Minaj's "Monster" lyrics also impressed West, who tweeted about them following the song's release this month.
The following day on Twitter, West had this to say about her contribution: "can we just talk about Nicki's verse???????!!!!!!!!! I toooooooooooooooold yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaallll!!!!!!!!!!!!" She does kind of steal the show -- something she's done often enough this year, but it's a lot harder when you're sharing a track with Jay-Z and Kanye West than with, say, Trey Songz or Mariah Carey. "You could be the king, but watch the queen conquer," she coolly informs the guys. "First things first, I'll eat your brains/Then I'ma start rocking gold teeth and fangs." From there on in, Minaj pretty blacks out, reeling off punchlines in those wacky voices her critics love to hate. The song goes on for another full minute after that, mostly so Justin Vernon can moan some more, but you can feel free to stop the track as soon as Minaj stops rapping. (Entertainment Weekly)
West's new album will be released in late November.
Kanye West finally confirmed on Twitter yesterday that his upcoming album will be released on November 22nd. Despite early word that the album would titled Good A** Job, Kanye tweeted that Fantasy "is and always was" the name of his fifth album. "The first song on the album is called 'Dark Fantasy' produced by The Rza co-produced by me and No I.D.," Kanye wrote. He added that some of his G.O.O.D. Friday free downloads will appear on Fantasy. (Rolling Stone)
Check out "Monster" down below: