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Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West continues with a Part 1 of our double episode on the album’s nine-minute emotional centerpiece “Runaway“.

According to Runaway’s co-producer Emile Haynie, Kanye conceptualized “Runaway” in just four minutes. We dissect the iconic opening piano line, examining its conscious use of overtones and rhythmic deception.

After deconstructing the song’s beat, we turn to its lyrics and Kanye’s cathartic embrace of his imperfections.

Listen to “Runaway” on Apple Music.

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