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Review: Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”

“I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my shoes, I feel like Pablo when I see me on the news, I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my house”. These lyrics taken from Kanye’s track ‘No More Parties In LA’ are enigmatic of the multiple personas Kanye believes he portrays, (artist, criminal and worker) coming together in one beautiful mess that is The Life of Pablo.

 

Regardless of your perspective of Kanye as a genius or a brainless narcissist, Kanye delivers an experimentation of sounds, always trying to push the boundaries of the RnB genre. This tradition upholds for The Life of Pablo where a majority of the tracks take a leaf from Jesus Walks, projecting a Church Gospel vibe mixed with the sheer random and upbeat sounds we expect from Kanye. The contradiction of the two sounds alongside Kanye’s memorable tongue-and-cheek antics work surprisingly well.

 

The Life of Pablo has collaborations with an almost endless list of guest vocalists including: Chance, Rihanna, Kendrick, The Weekend and Chris Brown. The album is a perfect hybrid of Kanye’s former vibes, alluding to the sounds of his debut album College Dropout but assorted with the glorious insanity of Kanye today. With very few songs to be disappointed by, The Life of Pablo revels in its inelegant allure and is definitely worthy of a listen.  

Also listen to Kanye’s newly released accompaniment to T.L.O.P, Saint Pablo, here:

By Sonaal Mediratta

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