My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is the fifth studio album by American hip hop recording artist Kanye West, released on November 22, 2010, through Roc-A-Fella Records. Following a period of legal and public image controversy, West took a short hiatus from his music career. During a "self-imposed exile" to Hawaii, he conceived the project; West subsequently worked on it through a communal development that involved him and other musicians and producers contributing collectively to its music between 2009 and 2010. Production was handled by West and several other record producers, including Jeff Bhasker, RZA, No I.D., and Mike Dean, among others. The album's original cover art was designed by George Condo and rejected by some retail outlets; it features a presumably naked West being straddled by a nude winged female, with a spotted tail protruding from her buttocks.

The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 496,000 copies in its first week in the United States. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and, by 2013, had sold 1,032,000 copies in the US. More: