Kanye’s latest (and self-proclaimed) greatest is officially out… or is it? With exclusive streaming privileges to Tidal members, TLOP (The Life of Pablo) is now available on a computer near you. After the longest wait (or what felt like it), he announced its availability after performing one of the 18 tracks from the album, Ultralight Beams, on SNL this past weekend.
What do we think of TLOP? Well…
For starters… The Life of Pablo… Everyone questioned who Pablo was… after Kanye changed the name of the album maybe five times? The answer is– Pablo Picasso. Kanye loves to compare his music to art and so, there was that.
The album has 18 songs… All of which have incredible featured artists.
And on top of that, the lyrics are beautifully provocative. With roasts to Taylor Swift, to proclamations of self-made success, Kanye has done it yet again. Every album, time after time, has a different sound, and this is nothing short of it. If West combined his sincerity to his blue hours in 808’s and Heartbreaks to his happiest moments from Yeezus, the result would be TLOP. Kanye feels as if this is an honest representation of what rap music should be, not what it could be. He went through his phases. He experienced the cycle of finding oneself in music.
This is in no way an Ode to Kanye. We just must recognize the work, talent, and chills this music brings to every listener. While many disagree with West’s arrogance, you cannot deny the fact that he is a brilliant, masterful musician and just as much of an artist as he claims to be.
And so, here it is– The Life of Pablo.
01. Ultra Light Beams (feat. The-Dream and Kirk Franklin)
02. Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 (feat. Kid Cudi)
03. Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 (feat. Desiigner)
04. Famous (feat. Rihanna)
06. Low Lights
07. Highlights (feat. Young Thug)
08. Freestyle 4 (feat. Desiigner)
09. I Love Kanye
10. Waves (feat. Chris Brown)
11. FML (feat. The Weeknd)
12. Real Friends (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
13. Wolves (feat. Frank Ocean and Caroline Shaw)
14. Silver Surfer Intermission
15. 30 Hours (feat. André 3000)
16. No More Parties in L.A. (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
17. FACTS (Charlie Heat Version)
18. Fade (feat. Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign)
xx, Kanye’s biggest supporter,