Inside Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: ‘Gorgeous’

The release of Kanye West‘s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, one of the most hotly-anticipated albums of the year. The 13-track LP completes something of a comeback narrative for West that began with the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards (when he was ostracized for crashing the stage during a Taylor Swift acceptance speech and went underground for a while) and was built up over the course of the past year with some key live performances, the “G.O.O.D. Friday” download series and the recently-released short film “Runaway.” In fact, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is so dense and full of gems that it’s necessary to take each song and break it down to its bare elements. This time around, we take a look at the references on “Gorgeous.”

“30 Rock”
The award-winning comedy show created by former “Saturday Night Live” head writer Tina Fey has had a number of hip-hop crossover moments (they called one of their holiday shows “Ludacrismas”). The show also stars Alec Baldwin, who also gets referenced in this song.

Mount Olympus
The legendary home of the gods of Greek mythology, who sat above the clouds at the top of Olympus to lord over the human race below. It’s not the first piece of mythology West has dropped, as his character in the “Runaway” film is named Griffin, the beast with an eagle’s head and a lion’s body.

“Reminds me when they tried to have Ali enlisted”
Muhammad Ali was the heavyweight champion in 1967 when he refused to be drafted in the U.S. military (both because of his religious beliefs — Ali converted to Islam in 1964 — and because of a social protest against the war in Vietnam). The champ was arrested and charged with draft evasion and was also stripped of the heavyweight title. He never went to jail, though he didn’t fight for nearly four years while appealing the charges (he was ultimately cleared).

American Apparel
Clothing company famous for ultra-sexy ads (usually featuring amateur scantily-clad models), mono-chromatic pieces and creepy CEO Dov Charney (who has been charged with sexual harassment a number of times).

The Crips
American street gang birthed in Los Angeles and into its fifth decade of existence. They are identified via the color blue on their clothing. Famous members include Snoop Dogg.

The Beatles
The biggest and best band to break out of the British Invasion, the Beatles owned the 1960s with a seemingly never-ending series of hits from chief songwriters Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Louis Bags
That’s Louis Vuitton, whose handbags (for both women and men) are staple accessories among the hip-hop elite.