As of right now, no one is really sure whether or not Kanye West’s new album The Life Of Pablo is a beautiful or messy documentation of 18 songs that he has put together. Kanye West claims this is a “gospel album” meanwhile many would argue against that statement due to it’s lack of having any chill whatsoever in a few songs. One minute Kanye is “praising the Lord” and the next he’s cussing here and there and rapping about the most inappropriate things you could think of. Many of us are familiar with Kanye’s attitude, we know how strongly he feels about himself and his music. We know that Kanye knows best, and if he says his album is gospel, it’s gospel.
On the other hand, the pros about this album include the fact that there’s many amazing artists featured. Chance the Rapper and Kirk Franklin in “Ultralight Beam” Kid Cudi in “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” Desiigner in “Pt. 2” and “Freestyle 4” Rihanna in “Famous” Young Thug in “Highlights” Chris Brown in “Waves” The Weeknd in “FML” Ty Dolla $ign in “Real Friends” Frank Ocean and Caroline Shaw in “Wolves” Kendrick Lamar in “No More Parties In LA” and Post Malone as well as Ty Dolla $ign (again) in “Fade.” It’s easy to see that Kanye definitely did not do this alone. Just like his last album Yeezus, Kanye had 40+ people brainstorming and writing along with him to create this “masterpiece.”
This album has gotten much attention from some of the students here at Foran. Senior Max Gorlick says “Once you hear the beginning of “Ultra Light Beam” you better buckle up because you know you’re in for a ride.” Senior Dennis Mema says “It emphasizes the egocentrism that makes Kanye so unique.”
Some people on the other hand believe that it’s sort of an inconvenience to listen to this album considering it can only be found on 1 app. The app is called “Tidal.” It’s a rather new app, created by Jay-Z. Tidal could be easily compared to Spotify. Senior Joey Dellamonica says, “Why not on iTunes Kanye?”
Overall, I’d give this album 3 out of 5 stars. This album doesn’t compare to Kanye West’s early albums like My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Late Registration. Taking a quote from one of his songs on The Life Of Pablo “I miss the old Kanye.”