Review #169: Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo

Artist – Kanye West
Album – The Life Of Pablo (2016)

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Kanye West is a rapper/producer from Georgia, USA. West began his music career producing records for artists as accomplished as Jay-Z and  Alicia Keys. Whilst producing Kanye decided he wanted to create his own music and in 2004 released his debut album ‘The College Dropout’, a massive financial and critical success. Over the last few years Kanye has become as known for his ego as he has for his music, repeatedly making the headlines for interrupting award speeches, fighting with the paparazzi and self-branding himself as one of the greatest artists in history. Pretty much all of Kanye’s albums have been successful in one way or another and it has to be said that he does constantly reinvent himself, keeping things interesting. Here is Kanye West’s 8th studio release ‘The Life Of Pablo’.

‘The Life Of Pablo’ is a tough one, I went from disliking it to really liking it to being unsure within the space of a day. For one the album can’t be called stale or too mainstream, it is a mixture of strange and often nonsensical ideas which sometimes hit and sometimes miss. The good parts come in the form of abstract beats, kanye using samples, synths and percussion which don’t follow the format that most rappers are using in the charts today. I also feel that he has learnt to poke fun at himself a bit, despite that ego still being prevalent, for instance in the interlude ‘I Love Kanye’ which ends in the currently prevalent meme ‘I Love You Like Kanye Loves Kanye’. The parts which miss on ‘T.L.O.P’ are without a doubt the lyrical topics and the lyrics himself. Kanye focuses on himself and nothing else more than ever in these lyrics, calling back on the news headlines of past years, hammering home that no one likes him anymore because he’s changed etc etc, displaying nothing of any real substance. The way he words some of these self indulgent rants gets a tad cringe worthy as well, let’s just look at a few lines from certain songs:
“Now if I fuck this model, And she just bleached her asshole, And I get bleach on my T-shirt, I’m ma feel like an asshole” – Father Stretch My Hands – Just god damn awful.
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, Why? I made that bitch famous” – Famous – Just doesn’t make sense, plus Taylor Swift was doing pretty well before that whole incident with Kanye.
“Whip that, bitch out, Tits out, oh shit, My dick out, can she suck it right now?, Fuck, can she fuck right now?, I done asked twice now, Can you bring your price down?” – Feedback – Come on Kanye, you’re better than this.
‘The Life Of Pablo’ is certainly interesting, it actually has you contemplating whether its a peice of crap or a masterpiece, which maybe isn’t a good thing, maybe albums to be good should evoke that gut reaction of ‘Wow this is great’ without thought. I would definitely say Kanye has far better albums in his collection, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say this one is at the bottom and that it’s an awful record, it’s just different with quite a few bad moments.

6.5/10

 

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