Kanye West’s 7th studio album, “The Life of Pablo”, has to be one of the most confusing and most chaotic album releases that I’ve witnessed in my lifetime. First off, who is Pablo? Ye could makes references on the album to both Pablo Picasso and Pablo Escobar, so it could be either of those, or maybe even both. This title would technically be considered his fourth title if you include his 2015 announcement “So Help Me God”, followed by “SWISH”, and then “WAVES”. Besides the ambiguity of the name itself, this album has led us to confusion with release dates and track lists.
Originally, the album was set to release on February 11 at the the same time as his debut of Yeezy Season 3 at Madison Square Garden. The event was available for stream that allowed us to hear some of the songs for the first time ever. Even after the show, the album wasn’t available to the public because of last minute changes that had to be made. Because of the delay, Kanye decide to drop “30 Hours” that Friday.
Who was to blame for the delay?
Kanye tweeted that Chance the Rapper insisted on putting “Waves” on the album, a song that he actually helped compose. He claimed “The world is a better place because of it”. Aside from this song alone, there were others that made it onto the album last minute. This was all happening last Saturday, the 13th. At this point the album is already 2 days late.
That night, with fans still waiting on the album, Kanye appeared on SNL, where he debuted a couple songs off the album. Accompanying him was Chance the Rapper, the Dream, Kirk Franklin, and Kelly Price. After his last performance, Kanye signaled to fans that his album was finally out with the words, “Kanye West dot com right now, Tidal Streaming right now”.
It was here.
This album has received a lot of hype because he was actually supposed to release the album last summer, but nothing ever happened. People didn’t know what to expect with this album, following his last album, “Yeezus”. Even the Kanye haters were eager to see what he had up his sleeve and if he could still bring the heat.
For anyone who is interested and wants to listen, you can stream it on Tidal, or you can wait a few more days when Kanye releases his downloadable, purchasable version.