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Kanye West -The Life of Pablo

  • Release date: 14 February 2016
  • Label: GOOD music and Def jam records

The Life of Pablo, distraction is his creative process. This is a messy album that feels like it was made that way on purpose, after the laser-sharp intensity of Yeezus. It’s a labored-over opus that wishes it were a mixtape, trying hard to curate the vibe of a sprawling mess, and that’s because it’s made by an artist who feels like a mess and doesn’t care to hide it. “My psychiatrist got kids that I inspired” is the most brilliant line on the album: Ye can’t even go to the shrink without getting his ass kissed about what a big shot he is, so he has to go to the studio instead. And dude knows he’s got some issues to work on.

West, a genius, fears that all people enjoy about him is that he’s a clown. (St. Paul also had the feeling.) It’s embarrassing when he puts his clown hat on Pablo and makes misogynistic remarks as in “Famous”; he’s only trying to make people laugh for no reason at all. (He sounds like the awkward guy at a high school reunion who believes that the spring break kegger was the highlight of his life when he brags about his outrageous behaviour at award shows that no one else recalls.) However, part of what West is attempting to understand about Pablo is that he is a mature man, not to mention a trailblazing artist.

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Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo tracklist

01 Ultra Light Beams02 Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 103 Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 204 Famous 05 Feedback06 Low Lights07 High Lights08 Freestyle 409 I Love Kanye10 Waves11 FML12 Real Friends13 Wolves14 Silver Surfer Intermission15 30 Hours16 No More Parties in L.A.17 Facts (Charlie Heat Version)18 Fade