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About Runaway

  • Artist: Kanye West
  • Album: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Year : 2010

Where were you when My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy got a 10.0? I was a freshman in college, and had been listening to a rough leak of the album everyday when I went out to get food. I thought it was his best album for sure, and early consensus agreed. But none of us could have expected: The first 10.0 for a non-reissue in almost nine years since Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I audibly gasped when it went up. This was unheard of. Word spread across the internet, this was as exciting and rare an occasion as a new album from a reculsive act á la My Bloody Valentine. And at the center of all this was Runaway. A nine-minute epic featuring Kanye West's singing voice, which he had been criticized for on his 808s & Heartbreaks album. A rare peek into the self-critical side of the usually confident-to-a-fault West provided a stark, powerful single that became ubiquitous with how an artist can truly express their emotional self through hip-hop.

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