The Dark Fantasy Ends for Kanye West on Violent Crimes

I don't know if you've ever seen the The Holy Mountain but...it's crazy. Like, really bonkers. In fact, it's so bizarre that I don't think I'm spoiling anything by showing you the ending of the movie because you likely won't understand any of it anyway:
Just a little context: A lot of random shit happens in this movie, but let's focus on an alchemist who guides several characters through "transformation rituals." Essentially: These characters are searching for enlightenment. And while they meet many people on this journey, the ending is to be their final step before reaching that enlightenment.
Screening Notes explains it best:
"If the first half of the film depicts the world’s need for enlightenment (the fascist & religious symbolism of the Thief’s world and the various other worlds of his disciples) and the second half depicts the process of that enlightenment (abandoning their worldly possessions and their self-images, facing their fears), then the ending simply serves as a reminder that this enlightenment, this self-actualization, must not stay within the movie and must return to the real world. We need to take the lessons we learn in the theater and apply them to our lives in reality."
Damn, that's deep.
Wanna know something interesting? A lot of people like The Holy Mountain—and one of those stans is Kanye West. And Kanye ends ye with a song, Violent Crimes, that's clearly inspired by Holy Mountain.
Here are the key lines to remember from the album's final song, Violent Crimes:
Don't you grow up in a hurry, your mom'll be worried
It was all part of the story, even the scary nights
Thank you for all of the glory, you will be remembered
Thank you to all of the heroes of the night (night, night)
They gotta repaint the colors, the lie is wearin' off
Reality is upon us, colors drippin' off
Colors drippin' off
During the Yeezus tour, Kanye had Holy Mountain playing each night backstage. He wouldn't even turn the sound on—he'd just let the images wash over the screen. He was channeling some sort of energy from that movie that fueled the Yeezus tour.
That energy has actually been fueling Kanye for awhile now. Recall that line from Holy Mountain: "We began in a fairytale and we came to life, but is this life reality? No." Early on in his career, Kanye had larger-than-life goals set for himself and grandeur visions of celebrity—but eventually those dreams were crippled. The back half of Graduation finds Kanye in songs like Barry Bonds, Drunk & Hot Girls, and Flashing Lights, where celebrity isn't depicted as something fun and exciting, but instead hollow and frightening. That emotional relationship with fame continued through 808s and into My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, where Nicki Minaj introduces the album:
You might think you've peeped the scene
You haven’t, the real one's far too mean
The watered down one, the one you know
Was made up centuries ago
They made it sound all wack and corny
Yes, it's awful, blasted boring
Twisted fictions, sick addiction
Well, gather 'round children, zip it, listen
As we've discussed on the show, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy shares a similar structure with The Wizard of Oz. After Dark Fantasy, Gorgeous, and Power, Kanye goes through the All of the Lights portal and begins to live in an alternate reality. There he envisions being part of a broken family; monsters roam the streets; he falls in love with porn stars. It's an realm where everything is exaggerated in order to highlight the emptiness of celebrity and the loneliness felt by Kanye, which as a result gives us songs like Runaway, Blame Game, and Lost in the World.
That whole "dark fantasy" is introduced by Nicki. 
And coming full circle, she brings us back to reality on Violent Crimes. While Dark Fantasy is a crazy, blown-up song full of color, sound, and visuals, Violent Crimes is fully set in reality, and Nicki's outro is literally a voicemail recording, stripped free from any production or interference—reality has truly set in.
Kanye said that ye is about the destruction of the ego—and thanks to an inside source, Watching the Throne also knows that internally ye was viewed as a "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 2." Both MBDTF and ye bookend this journey Kanye has been on ever since being outcasted by society for the Taylor Swift incident: he was pulled into the dark fantasy after losing his mother and the respect of society, and is now escaping that "fairytale" as he becomes a husband, a father, as he loses his ego.
That's why his daughter North is the main subject in Violent Crimes. As he's putting her to bed, he's thinking about all his past mistakes (he calls them "scars" earlier on the album) and how he'll be as a father in the future. He's scared of the legacy he's left for himself and how North will view it. As he puts it: "The lie is wearin' off." Reality is indeed upon Kanye as he learns to become a father and escape the painting he created for himself (hence "the colors drippin' off").
But 070 Shake's chorus can be read another way too: Perhaps Kanye is speaking to himself. In a way, Kanye is putting his past self to sleep—the past, confused, egotistical self from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Yeezus, and The Life of Pablo that created this whole alternate reality in the first place. This duality between himself and North captures and the past and the future at once, leaving Kanye in the middle contemplating it all.
"Real life awaits us," as the alchemist says. And we can only assume that will inform what Kanye does next with Yandhi.