In 2009, Kanye West found himself in a difficult position following the now infamous MTV Video Music Awards incident with Taylor Swift, leading to him taking a hiatus in Hawaii. While he all but retreated from the public eye, Complex Editor-in-Chief Noah Callahan-Bever had the privilege of accompanying West to his island sanctuary where he would set up a “Rap Camp,” inviting the likes of Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Nicki Minaj and RZA to join his writing process for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. What followed were weeks of secretive yet frenzied brainstorming and recording sessions, with West block-booking the recording studio’s three session rooms indefinitely and stationing collaborating artists in each room to work on a different track simultaneously. Recorded for posterity as the cover story for the December/January 2011 issue of Complex magazine, Complex has now released the feature online in a slickly designed custom layout, of which an excerpt can be found below.