The life of pablo: how kanye west waged war on the album

Revising ‘The Life Of Pablo’ in the weeks after its release, Kanye West kept his promise lớn create a ‘living, breathing, changing creative expression.’


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Thankfully, the album was worthy of the hype: a stylistically varied, musically groundbreaking work that features some of the most revealing & brazenly controversial lyrics of his career. Opener “Ultra Light Beam” is a perfect demonstration of the gospel rap that Kanye had promised the album would contain, with West và guest Chance The Rapper delivering thoughtful, introspective verses over a majestic massed choral backing.Elsewhere, the Rihanna collaboration “Famous” fuses cold synths, steely beats, and a loop of Sister Nancy’s reggae classic “Bam Bam” lớn underscore West’s infamous Taylor Swift-baiting lyrics. “Feedback” is a type of abrasive sầu industrial rap masterpiece that lit up his previous album, Yeezus, while the Chris Brown-assisted “Waves” is a euphoric phối of choppy ascending synths, soulful vocals, & trap beats. “Fade” shifts the mood to lớn 80s Chicago house courtesy of a sample of Mr.

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Fingers’ “Mystery Of Love.”As introspective sầu as ever, Kanye revealed his current mindset on tracks such as the dreamy head-nodder “Real Friends,” on which he addressed post-fame troubles relating khổng lồ friends and family – even calling out his cousin for stealing his máy tính. On the dark and woozy “FML” he admits khổng lồ mental-health problems in typically nonchalant fashion with a quip about skipping his Lexapro. On “Feedback” he almost seems khổng lồ celebrate his condition: “I’ve sầu been out of my mind a long time… name one genius that ain’t crazy.”In the weeks that followed its official release, on February 14, 2016, Kanye West made good on his promise to create a “living, breathing, changing creative expression” by refining lớn The Life Of Pablo on several occasions. He even added a new closing traông xã, the Sampha-assisted “Saint Pablo.” Never released on any physical formats và initially only available to lớn stream on Tidal, The Life Of Pablo nevertheless debuted at No.1 on the US Billboard 200, the first album to reach the summit solely through streaming.Listen lớn the best of Kanye West on Apple Music and Spotify.