During the recording sessions for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West had 12 studio rules printed on white printer paper and tapped across a wall of the studio him and his collaborators were recording at. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was recorded from 2009-2010 with most of the album recorded in 2010 and also released that same year.
“Once we hit the studio, it was just all focus on the music. All focus was one hundred percent on the music. There were rules: no Twittering, no e-mailing, no blog-watching – no stupid questions. All of this stuff is posted all over the walls. A wall of questions, for inspirations. ‘What would Mobb Deep do?’ All types of stuff.”Pusha T
Kanye West’s 12 studio rules from MBDTF sessions:
- NO TWEETING
- NO HIPSTER HATS
- ALL LAPTOPS ON MUTE
- JUST SHUT THE FUCK UP SOMETIMES
- NO BLOGGING
- NO TWEETING PLEASE THANK YOU (AGAIN)
- NO NEGATIVE BLOG VIEWING
- DON’T TELL ANYONE ANYTHING ABOUT ANYTHING WE ARE DOING!
- NO RACKING FOCUS WHEN MUSIC IS BEING PLAYED OR MUSIC IS BEING MADE
- TOTAL FOCUS ON THIS PROJECT IN ALL STUDIOS
- NO ACOUSTIC GUITAR IN THE STUDIO
- NO PICTURES
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was recorded in multiple places across America, including Avex Recording in Honolulu, Electric Lady & Platinum Sound in New York, and Glenwood Place in Burbank, California. There is no confirmation of which exact studio the photo with the rules was taken at.