Written by | Savannah Tarbet |
Kanye West is known for being unapologetic and sometimes overly confident. His fans have waited three years for the release of his new album, The Life of Pablo. West continued to bring attention to his album by tweeting the multiple name changes. According to West’s Twitter account, he changed the album title three times before deciding on The Life of Pablo.
He continued to publicize the album on social media, calling it “the greatest album of all time,” and saying, “This is not the album of the year, this is the album of the life.” To say the least, he piqued the interest of many. West debuted The Life of Pablo Feb. 11 at a listening party combined with a fashion show for his Adidas line Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden. He officially released the album Feb. 14, only available on his personal website and on Tidal, a new music streaming website.
West is known for game-changing albums, and his latest is no different. Each track seems to flow effortlessly into the next, giving the feel of one long song. It includes a feature artist on every one.
Being a producer first, each beat on every track of The Life of Pablo offers something different, with no two songs sounding the same.
Each song brings a different energy and sound. There’s not one song on the album that I did not like.
West put together a dream team of features, including Chance the Rapper, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, Sia, Chris Brown, the Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, Rihanna and the artist we all thought we’d never hear from again: Frank Ocean.
Only Kanye West could compile all those artists, and many others not listed, on one album. No one has heard or seen Ocean since the release of his first album, Channel Orange in 2012, and he has not released any new music since.
The music world was losing its mind at the fact that West got Ocean on his song “Wolves.” It was a big deal, to say the least. The quality that always has made me a fan of West is the fact that he’s unapologetically himself, and he creates music that reflects that. Is The Life of Pablo the greatest album of all time? I’m not sure if I would say that, but it definitely is one of the best albums of this year.