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Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo"

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"The Life of Pablo"
Kanye West
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February 13, 2016

01. "Ultralight Beam" [feat. Chance the Rapper & 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]
05. "Feedback"
06. "Low Lights"
07. "High Lights" [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 & Caroline Shaw]
14. "Silver Surfer Intermission"
15. "30 Hours"
16. "No More Parties in LA" [feat. Kendrick Lamar]
17. "Facts (Charlie Heat Version)"
18. "Fade" [feat. Post Malone & Ty Dolla $ign]

Album is streaming with a Tidal account.
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Postby notbrianeno » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:03 am

Literally can't believe this is coming out tomorrow.
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Postby Nick » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:29 am

I'll believe it when I hear it. And even then I might not believe it.

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Postby Listyguy » Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:44 am

I'll join the chorus of skeptics on this one. Kanye has the type of ego that would drop the album without any notice whatsoever.

Also, "Life Of Pablo" is almost as bad of a title as "SWISH". If it's actually the title...

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Postby GucciLittlePiggy » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:21 am

I'm totally behind the title. It's the most intriguing yet and depending on who Pablo is, it could be packed with meaning. I'm sure there are better titles out there, though, but this one is my favorite so far.

edit: Also, I'm finna start a riot if "No More Parties in L.A." doesn't make the final cut.
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Postby Nick » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:28 am

GucciLittlePiggy wrote:I'm totally behind the title. It's the most intriguing yet and depending on who Pablo is, it could be packed with meaning. I'm sure there are better titles out there, though, but this one is my favorite so far.

edit: Also, I'm finna start a riot if "No More Parties in L.A." doesn't make the final cut.


My first thought was Escobar, but Picasso or Neruda are plausible. If it even refers to a famous Pablo that is.

And I really hope that NMPILA makes the track list, especially hoping that the track with the irresistible name of "Freestyle 4" turns out to be it.

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Postby PlasticRam » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:36 am

Nick wrote:
GucciLittlePiggy wrote:I'm totally behind the title. It's the most intriguing yet and depending on who Pablo is, it could be packed with meaning. I'm sure there are better titles out there, though, but this one is my favorite so far.

edit: Also, I'm finna start a riot if "No More Parties in L.A." doesn't make the final cut.


My first thought was Escobar, but Picasso or Neruda are plausible. If it even refers to a famous Pablo that is.

And I really hope that NMPILA makes the track list, especially hoping that the track with the irresistible name of "Freestyle 4" turns out to be it.

My guess is Pablo Picasso cos NMPILA had a line "I feel like Pablo when I'm workin' on my shoes".

My favorite title is still SWISH.
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Postby Honorio » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:15 pm

I think I had enough (yes, before the beginning). I don't know if this is going to be the new strategy of promotion on major releases but it's not going to work for me. I've decided not to listen to the new Kaney West album, I'm fed up of announcements, track listings, change of titles and all that hype. If finally the album manages to end on the Top 3 of the AM list by the end of the year maybe I'll finally give it a chance. But I'll wait a whole year, I got no urgency at all of listening to it, all that hype killed my curiosity completely.

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Postby PlasticRam » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:27 pm

Honorio wrote:I think I had enough (yes, before the beginning). I don't know if this is going to be the new strategy of promotion on major releases but it's not going to work for me. I've decided not to listen to the new Kaney West album, I'm fed up of announcements, track listings, change of titles and all that hype. If finally the album manages to end on the Top 3 of the AM list by the end of the year maybe I'll finally give it a chance. But I'll wait a whole year, I got no urgency at all of listening to it, all that hype killed my curiosity completely.

I hear you, this has been just about the messiest album release of all time.
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Postby Nick » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:41 pm

PlasticRam wrote:
Honorio wrote:I think I had enough (yes, before the beginning). I don't know if this is going to be the new strategy of promotion on major releases but it's not going to work for me. I've decided not to listen to the new Kaney West album, I'm fed up of announcements, track listings, change of titles and all that hype. If finally the album manages to end on the Top 3 of the AM list by the end of the year maybe I'll finally give it a chance. But I'll wait a whole year, I got no urgency at all of listening to it, all that hype killed my curiosity completely.

I hear you, this has been just about the messiest album release of all time.


Quite messy, but I feel like "The Life of So Help Me Swish Waves Pablo" has nothing on "Chinese Democracy" or "Detox" or "SMiLE".

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Postby Kingoftonga » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:59 pm

I don't know. At least for the last few weeks, the only marketing for the album has been Kanye's Twitter feed. Compared to Yeezus, which involved flash mobs projecting six-story Kanye faces onto metropolitan skyscrapers, the marketing push seems muted. It's more that the music press (and us, mea culpa) blows every one of these tweets out of proportion.

I tend to think that Kanye's painted himself into a corner creatively, but if there's one way to follow-up Yeezus, it's with a prog rock musical biography of Pablo Picasso. :D

Is this album coming out on vinyl or CD? How is this even being shipped for a Friday release if he's still changing the title and tracklisting days before it comes out?

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Postby PlasticRam » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:05 pm

Kingoftonga wrote:Is this album coming out on vinyl or CD? How is this even being shipped for a Friday release if he's still changing the title and tracklisting days before it comes out?

CD and vinyl release is likely at a later date. Fairly common these days.
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Postby Listyguy » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:13 pm

Nick wrote:
PlasticRam wrote:
Honorio wrote:I think I had enough (yes, before the beginning). I don't know if this is going to be the new strategy of promotion on major releases but it's not going to work for me. I've decided not to listen to the new Kaney West album, I'm fed up of announcements, track listings, change of titles and all that hype. If finally the album manages to end on the Top 3 of the AM list by the end of the year maybe I'll finally give it a chance. But I'll wait a whole year, I got no urgency at all of listening to it, all that hype killed my curiosity completely.

I hear you, this has been just about the messiest album release of all time.


Quite messy, but I feel like "The Life of So Help Me Swish Waves Pablo" has nothing on "Chinese Democracy" or "Detox" or "SMiLE".

I too immediately thought of Chinese Democracy...and look how the album turned out...

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Postby Kingoftonga » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:21 pm

Listyguy wrote:I too immediately thought of Chinese Democracy...and look how the album turned out...


Hey, we at least knew the name of that album a good decade before it was released.

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Postby whuntva » Thu Feb 11, 2016 5:52 pm

So...Is this actually out?

Today is release day. Where is the album?
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Postby Setherex » Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:07 pm

whuntva wrote:So...Is this actually out?

Today is release day. Where is the album?

Kanye will be debuting his new fashion line in a sold out show at Madison Square Gardens today at 4:00 EST (approximately three hours after I write this post), which will also be streaming online. The fashion line has some sort of connection to the album, perhaps going in sync with it. So most are expecting the album to release at either the start or end of the show.

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Postby Setherex » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:59 pm

Album cover added.

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Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:06 pm

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Postby Setherex » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:09 pm

Sweepstakes Ron wrote:But for reals, this is going to be thrill of a lifetime.

I can already tell I'm going to have a ridiculous amount of things to say about this album, but you put a very good thought into my head. Though I very much like the style of the album cover, it didn't strike me at first of appearing rushed. But that seems to have been an ongoing theme over the last month or so of this album's cycle - this album was worked on until the last second, in a very rushed manner. The picture's simplicity and staggered design visualizes that.

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Postby Setherex » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:48 pm

The livestream of Kanye's MSG show has begun - the performance will start in roughly 12 minutes.

http://tidal.com/us/tidalxyeezy3-live

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Postby Nick » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:04 pm

The album cover is...uhh...uhhhhhhh....uhhhhhh.....

Not my cup of tea.

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Postby BleuPanda » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:09 pm

I mean...

Have you seen his last two album covers?

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Postby whuntva » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:21 pm

Stream keeps breaking down for me, but then again I am on a school computer.

How's it going so far?
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whuntva wrote:Stream keeps breaking down for me, but then again I am on a school computer.

How's it going so far?

It hasn't begun as of the time I write this. Mine is also breaking down occasionally and I'm on an office computer.

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Setherex wrote:
whuntva wrote:Stream keeps breaking down for me, but then again I am on a school computer.

How's it going so far?

It hasn't begun as of the time I write this. Mine is also breaking down occasionally and I'm on an office computer.

Scratch that. Models are walking out.

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Setherex wrote:
Setherex wrote:
whuntva wrote:Stream keeps breaking down for me, but then again I am on a school computer.

How's it going so far?

It hasn't begun as of the time I write this. Mine is also breaking down occasionally and I'm on an office computer.

Scratch that. Models are walking out.

Scratch THAT. Kardashians are walking out.

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BleuPanda wrote:I mean...

Have you seen his last two album covers?


True (if you mean WTT and Yeezus), but the cover to MBDTF is amazing.

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Postby Setherex » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:50 pm

This is fascinating.

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Postby GucciLittlePiggy » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:42 am

You can really tell the cover was thrown together at the last minute when he finally settled on a title. And for what it's worth, I adore the covers for both MBDTF and WTT as well as the not-cover for Yeezus.

And the inclusion of "FACTS" but no "NMPILA" is really upsetting. However, the Frank and Chance features may more than make up for it.
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GucciLittlePiggy wrote:You can really tell the cover was thrown together at the last minute when he finally settled on a title. And for what it's worth, I adore the covers for both MBDTF and WTT as well as the not-cover for Yeezus.

And the inclusion of "FACTS" but no "NMPILA" is really upsetting. However, the Frank and Chance features may more than make up for it.

I don't see Facts on the track listing. I do wish NMPILA was on there. I was hoping for some bonus tracks with that, Only One, All Day, etc but that probably ain't happening.

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Postby GucciLittlePiggy » Fri Feb 12, 2016 1:56 am

bootsy wrote:
GucciLittlePiggy wrote:You can really tell the cover was thrown together at the last minute when he finally settled on a title. And for what it's worth, I adore the covers for both MBDTF and WTT as well as the not-cover for Yeezus.

And the inclusion of "FACTS" but no "NMPILA" is really upsetting. However, the Frank and Chance features may more than make up for it.

I don't see Facts on the track listing. I do wish NMPILA was on there. I was hoping for some bonus tracks with that, Only One, All Day, etc but that probably ain't happening.

This is the source I'm using: http://pitchfork.com/news/63479-frank-o ... -of-pablo/.
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Postby GucciLittlePiggy » Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:00 am

http://pitchfork.com/news/63485-kanye-w ... ideo-game/

I hope this isn't real. This may be the strangest, most ill-advised thing Ye's ever done.
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Postby whuntva » Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:09 am

GucciLittlePiggy wrote:http://pitchfork.com/news/63485-kanye-west-announces-only-one-video-game/

I hope this isn't real. This may be the strangest, most ill-advised thing Ye's ever done.


Oh, it's real.

The only word I have for this is...Tasteless. Kanye is many things, but he was never this nutty.

Anyway, I missed most of the stream. Was the music any good?
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GucciLittlePiggy wrote:
bootsy wrote:
GucciLittlePiggy wrote:You can really tell the cover was thrown together at the last minute when he finally settled on a title. And for what it's worth, I adore the covers for both MBDTF and WTT as well as the not-cover for Yeezus.

And the inclusion of "FACTS" but no "NMPILA" is really upsetting. However, the Frank and Chance features may more than make up for it.

I don't see Facts on the track listing. I do wish NMPILA was on there. I was hoping for some bonus tracks with that, Only One, All Day, etc but that probably ain't happening.

This is the source I'm using: http://pitchfork.com/news/63479-frank-o ... -of-pablo/.

Ah ok. I hadn't seen FACTS on any of the tracklistings since the announcement yesterday so this is new to me. Looks like the tracklist was originally 10 songs and now 11. Who knows on this album. It's like I don't believe anything until I have the album on my iPod and hear the song.

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Postby PlasticRam » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:28 am

I was at a theatre watching the show. Definitely had some dope moments, but overall was kinda disappointing.
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PlasticRam wrote:I was at a theatre watching the show. Definitely had some dope moments, but overall was kinda disappointing.

You mean the music/album itself disappointing or the overall show?

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I don't know if this is the new cover or an alternate cover or a deluxe cover or what. But, as lord Kanye says, it is indeed "Another Cover."

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Postby Maschine_Man » Fri Feb 12, 2016 9:09 am

The artwork is horrendous. I haven't heard any of the album yet, so I'll hold judgment in that department. Why wouldn't you use the branding from the Yeezy S3 show??

I just watched the part of the stream when he was trying to show people the game. Of course people weren't cheering the first time, it's a really cringe worthy idea when you just attach it to the end of the album launch/fashion show.

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bootsy wrote:
PlasticRam wrote:I was at a theatre watching the show. Definitely had some dope moments, but overall was kinda disappointing.

You mean the music/album itself disappointing or the overall show?

Well I have never been a fan of the fashion stuff, so the show was actually pretty good cos I didn't have high expectations and Kanye also made a couple of jokes and stuff. I was kind of disappointed by the music/album. It seemed a mixture of Yeezus/808s and still kinda maximalist like MBDTF, so it was here and there, not cohesive. Might grow on me/might sound better CDQ.
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Postby TimmyWing » Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:44 am

Kanye seems to be the new Prince in terms of having the clout and arrogance to be able to ask for anything these days.

Wish I could fast-forward to the point when this album would be out! Cause clearly "out" has a different meaning for Kanye than it does for...y'know, people who'd want to buy the album...

EDIT: And yeah that cover is terrible. Can't even justify it no matter how much you stand by him. But then, the last time Kanye was being a bit weird then came out with a terrible album cover was MBDTF, which kind of redeemed it all...

Just out of interest, do people think he can ever match up to MBDTF again? I hated Yeezus personally, but I might be in the minority in that. I think something as good as Fantasy would have to sound very modern/completely different to anything he's done before.

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Postby Harold » Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:53 pm

Predictably, the immediate media coverage of the album launch is focused on one line in one song - a crass call-out to Taylor Swift in "Famous," continuing to needle her over something that happened almost seven freakin' years ago (and which was his fault, of course). Lots of people up in arms, including fellow celebs, followed by an embarrassing round of he-said-she-said (or, more accurately, his-rep-said-her-rep-said) in which Kanye claimed to have gotten "permission" from Taylor for the lyrics and her camp replied "Yeah, not so much." And, really, what's the point? Yes, it's a well-established fact by now that Kanye doesn't give a F what anyone thinks, but why do this? All it's doing is drawing attention away from the music.

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Postby luney6 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 3:09 pm

I feel like Kanye West's lyrical prowess and lyrical focus has been on a steady decline since 808s.
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luney6 wrote:I feel like Kanye West's lyrical prowess and lyrical focus has been on a steady decline since 808s.

It's changed because his style, musical stype has changed but on decline, no.

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Postby Jirin » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:21 pm

Is this streaming anywhere? Not on Spotify yet.

Surprised Only One not on the track list. Are we going back to the 60s convention of not putting singles on the albums?

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Postby BleuPanda » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:24 pm

Jirin wrote:Is this streaming anywhere? Not on Spotify yet.

Surprised Only One not on the track list. Are we going back to the 60s convention of not putting singles on the albums?



I think it's just Kanye having a different idea for the final album; I'd rather have a cohesive record than "Only One" tacked on simply because it exists. I just hope these tracks released between Yeezus and The Life of Pablo aren't ultimately forgotten.

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Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:28 pm

I couldn't imagine "Only One" sandwiched into any album. It's an experience in itself.
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Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:33 pm

https://soundcloud.com/kanyewest/30-hours

New song on SoundCloud. I believe this was on an old tracklist, but got cut. Sadly, it's not actually 30 hours long.
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Re: Kanye West's "The Life of Pablo"

Postby luney6 » Fri Feb 12, 2016 4:46 pm

bootsy wrote:
luney6 wrote:I feel like Kanye West's lyrical prowess and lyrical focus has been on a steady decline since 808s.

It's changed because his style, musical stype has changed but on decline, no.


I guess so. Maybe I'm missing something, but what he's doing now seems too similar to what a lot of other rappers are doing, and not unique to him. I think I prefer his more thoughtful and introspective style. For some reason, the new matter doesn't stick with me as well as his old stuff.
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