Inside Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 'All Of The Lights'

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 "All of the Lights."

For a five minute song that features a dozen or so special guests (plus its own intro track), "All of the Lights" actually doesn't have a whole lot in the way of references. Still, there are a few lyrical pop culture references worth diving into.

"MJ gone"

West's tribute to the late Michael Jackson, who tragically passed away in 2009 just before he was supposed to mount a series of comeback shows in London. West contributed to Jackson's Thriller 25 album (which celebrated the 25th anniversary of Thriller), crafting a new mix of "Billie Jean."


Second-largest brick-and-mortar book store chain in the country (behind Barnes & Noble) that also used to feature extensive music sections (back when people bought music in stores). Often found in suburban strip malls. A logical hangout for intellectual high school students who also like sipping lattes.

Ghetto University

Not actually an accredited higher learning institution.