Almost three years have passed since Kanye’s release of Yeezus album. When Kanye West finally announced last year that he was releasing another album, both fans and critics were excited.

This album has undergone a lot of name changes. It started out as ‘So Help Me God’, then became ‘Swish’, from there it became ‘Waves’, before it finally settled at ‘The Life Of Pablo’.

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The album was made only available through Kanye’s website and through the streaming site ‘Tidal’. A steep price of $20 per download is what was being charged on Kanye’s site. It was then removed and an “unfinished” product available for listening on Tidal.

Anyways… we can discuss the mind of Kanye in another piece. Let’s talk about the album.

After only one listen to the album, I was unsure of exactly what I had just listened to.

There is a combination of gospel vibes, gnarly beats, and an intense ego trip.

There is a ton of auto tune all through out this album which is kind of off-putting. Auto tune rap hasn’t been big for years, and it isn’t making a comeback.

A lot of rap gets a bad reputation because people feel it is too repetitive, but Kanye has really taken that stereotype and amplified it. The song ‘Feedback’ is a two and a half-minute song, and the hook is used five times. Then West takes a line, raps it, then follows it with the exact same line. This isn’t just a one time occurrence, it happens three times in the song, with no specific purpose it seems.

’30 Hours’ starts out relatively promising, but then falls apart as the words continue to flow from Kanye’s mouth. It finally dismantles itself completely in the last two minutes of the song, as Kanye begins just throwing out phrases and rambling, before finally taking a phone call and talking to Gabe… whoever that is.

‘Freestyle 4’ features an intro of what I have determined are a combination of a beatbox noise and a jungle call. It is followed by short outbursts of two words at a time with a squeal or siren like sound between each burst. When it finally develops into somewhat normal bars, it talks about prostitution and other deviant acts of sexuality.

Every song seems to be lacking what one may consider true art. However, it isn’t fair that only the negative aspects be focused on.

What are some of the positives?

Well on the song ‘Famous’, Rihanna has some amazing vocals on the chorus.

Also, ‘Waves’ features some wonderful vocalization from Chris Brown.

‘No More Parties in LA’ showcased the strongest verse of the entire album, unfortunately for Kanye… It was by Kendrick Lamar.

In conclusion, the use of overused and outdated style, in addition to useless repetition of terrible lines, mixed with distasteful and uneducated lyrics, topped off with being outshined by the feature artists lead to an extremely disappointing album.

For all of the above items… Kanye’s album receives a 2/10.

 

 

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