Music Review: The Life of Pablo

Paolo Suarez, Staff Reporter

Kanye West’s seventh album ”The Life of Pablo” was supposed to be released on February 11, 2016 but ended up being leaked a couple days later. Kanye later announced that the album will never be released on iTunes but will be up for streaming on Tidal, a ridiculous streaming website no one likes.

Like a Picasso piece, the track list of this album is very distorted and messy with no story. The album starts out with one of my favorite tracks “Ultralight Beam,” a gospel song where Kanye expresses his faith in God, and later transitions to “Father Stretch My Hands Pt.1” which he talks about being guilty with past relationships. “I Love Kanye” is satirical track of different criticism from his fans who claim they miss the “Old Kanye” but in the end, Kanye will still love his fans like Kanye loves Kanye. In the song “Real Friends,” Kanye blames himself for not keeping close ties with family members and friends because he has become too busy with his work and himself as an artist. This is one of my favorite tracks on this album because it shows a sincere, genuine Kanye who people rarely see. Kanye continues with another of my favorite tracks “Wolves” which contains beautiful vocals from Frank Ocean, Vic Mensa and Sia over a soothing, slow-paced bass and grainy percussions produced by Cashmere Cat and Sinjin Hawke.

Overall, “The Life of Pablo” seems to be a collection songs thrown together in an unkempt order. Although, there are some very good tracks, people can interpret this piece differently. To me, Pablo can refer to Apostle Paul, Picasso and Escobar.