Inside Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy: 'Monster'

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 "Monster."

Triple-double, no assists

West is referring to the phenomenon in basketball wherein a player gets more than 10 in three different statistical categories in the same game. The most common triple-double usually involves points, assists and rebounds, though since Kanye is bragging about not figuring assists into the combination, he must have racked up 10 steals (possible, considering his speed) or blocks (less likely, figuring his height).


The title assigned to Egyptian rulers, including Tutankhamun. West has been using a lot of Egyptian imagery lately, including a giant chain depicting Egyptian god Horus.


A legendary creature that is supposed to be half-man and half-ape. Also known as Bigfoot.


Japanese movie star who often crushed Tokyo. Sometimes fought other monsters, like Mothra and Mecha-Godzilla. Served as a metaphor for the post-nuclear age.

King Kong

Giant ape who starred in a series of films. Often misunderstood. Preferred blonds.

Loch Ness

Sea creature who is supposed to live in a lake in Scotland. May be a dinosaur (but probably not).

Willy Wonka

Chocolate factory-owning character created by author Roald Dahl. Depicted on film by Gene Wilder in an excellent film and Johnny Depp in a terrible one.

"Bride of Chucky" / "Child's Play"

The third and first films (respectively) in the "Child's Play" series, which turned the demon-possessed doll Chucky into an iconic horror movie monster. Probably the sixth scariest movie character in the '80s (after Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers, Pinhead and Kim Cattrall in "Mannequin").