Inside Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: ‘Hell Of A Life’

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 “Hell of a Life.”

Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man”
Classic ’70s metal tune that contains one of the most iconic riffs of all time. Originally released on Black Sabbath’s second album Paranoid, “Iron Man” tells the story of a man who travels to the future, witnesses the apocalypse and ends up being turned into steel. It doesn’t have any connection to the Marvel super hero of the same name, but that didn’t stop them from using the song in the trailer for the 2008 film. West isn’t the first rapper to borrow the “Iron Man” riff for a sample, as Busta Rhymes used it on the song “This Means War!!” (which actually featured Ozzy Osbourne himself).

The Oscars
The biggest awards for film excellence, handed out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences every year. The event has not only become a celebration of movies but also a cornerstone night for the worlds of fashion and activism. Best Picture remains the most coveted prize even though winners include “Crash,” “Chicago” and “A Beautiful Mind.”

Oscar De La Renta
Fashion designer from the Dominican Republic famous for red carpet gowns, bridal dresses and high-level suits and tuxedos.