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Our serialized examination of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy continues with “Hell of a Life”.

Coming off the heels of the album’s emotional centerpiece “Runaway”, the explicit, porn-filled fantasy that is “Hell of a Life” couldn’t seem more thematically distant. But strangely, “Hell of a Life” is in many ways a journey toward self-acceptance. Kanye exposes the darkest recesses of his imagination, an honest assessment of his most private thoughts. And the more honest Kanye is about himself, the more alienated and shunned from the world he becomes.

Listen to “Hell of a Life” on Apple Music.

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Photo: Zach Seemayer