Review: The Life of Pablo

By CHELSEA JONES

The first 59 minutes I took to listen to Kanye’s new album, The Life of Pablo, were filled with lots of emotions and complete astonishment. It is definitely safe for Kanye to compare himself to the one and only Pablo Picasso, because this album is truly a work of art.  Kanye claims that it is “the greatest album of all time”.

The album consists of 18 tracks. Each song is a story within itself. With bold and memorable lyrics, the songs stay in your head. Kanye’s verses relate to his own life and current events. As you listen, you think; did he really just go there? Then you remember of course he did, he’s Kanye West. Also by bringing up current news it makes listeners feel included.

From dissing Taylor Swift in the track Famous to mentioning the current incidents involving Steve Harvey and even Bill Cosby in his song Facts, listeners will never fail to be entertained. “Do anybody feel bad for Bill Ccosby? Did he forget the names just like Steve Harvey?” Even in his ode to his family’s love regarding their lifestyle in the song Wolves, Ye, as known to his fans, is able to evoke emotion. “What if Mary was in the club when she met Joseph around hella thugs” Kanye sings. In the songs Highlights he also refers to his family as “the new Jacksons”.

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The beats on The Life Of Pablo created by Young Metro make the songs even more addicting. The album also contains elements of gospel. There are real instruments mixed with synthesized, electronic beats. Kanye raps, sings, and screams on this album. You can hear the notes of the youthful melodic Kanye from the early 2000’s, to the more aggressive Kanye we have come to know on his past album Yeezus. The Life Of Pablo was created with innovative combinations making this album all around mesmerizing.

The beat drop in Father Stretch My Hands pt.1 is iconic. With the eerie sound of Freestyle 4 to the upbeat track Waves, the album is able to capture a full spectrum of feelings. There are even songs with chill, laid back moods like 30 hours and No More Parties In L.A..

The featured artists on The Life of Pablo take this album to the next level. Rihanna, Future, The Weeknd, Chance The Rapper, and Young Thug are only a few of the talented artists involved with the album. Kanye was even able to feature Frank Ocean, who hasn’t been creating music for years.

Sadly Kanye only made this album available on Tidal, a new streaming application. He tweeted that the album would never be for sale on iTunes or any other music listening application. This was pretty mean of Ye. Many fans aren’t willing to pay $9.99 a month for tidal and are searching the web for illegal downloads.

If you can’t tell, I love this album almost as much as Kanye loves Kanye. It’s a shame it will never be released on iTunes, but that does not take away from its genius. I promise you’ll be hooked from the first song, Ultralight Beam, which brings you right into the world of Kanye, and while the last title is an appropriate song to end this journey through the land of Ye,  Fade is one thing that Kanye and this album refuse to do.

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