A running diary of listening to Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’

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The Life of Pablo finally came out Saturday night. I had to listen to it ASAP. So here’s how it happened in my brain.

1. “Ultra Light Beam”

  • IT’S ACTUALLY HERE! I can hear the kids bickering through my headphones.
  • I’m so happy to finally be taken to church with this buttery smooth gospel choir in the background.
  • With all this crooning, The-Dream (aka a rich man’s Jeremih) needs more work. Someone release his album. Please.
  • Chance on his perfect Acid Rap flow.
  • “I met Kanye West, I’m never going to fail,” is still as stunning a line as the first time I heard it all those hours ago.
  • Donnie Trumpet was in Andre 3000’s Uber Pool ride.
  • No matter how the next 17 songs go, I’m fucking happy there’s another Kanye album. Over/under four days before people remember he stupidly tweeted support for Bill Cosby?

2. “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”

  • The soul sampling mixed in with Metro Boomin is like Ye flipping the bird to everyone who was pissed he didn’t keep flipping Chaka Kahn songs for his whole career.
  • future (cudi????)
  • Not sure how to process the bleached asshole/bleach shirt/asshole line tbh. Might have to ask my therapist.

3. “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2”

  • Writing this song supposedly caused Ye to cry, thinking of his father Ray.
  • When’s the last time Kanye explicitly mentioned his accident before this song? Nothing immediately comes to mind. “Hold My Liquor” describes a car crash before rudely knocking on his ex’s door.
  • Note to self: seek Desiigner’s music ASAP. His flow is infectious, which is the first time anyone has called a flow “infectious,” right?

4. “Famous”

  • Rihanna dumped Kanye as an EP on ANTI, but they must still be tight given this hook.
  • God forbid Swizz Beatz didn’t “WOOOOOOO” on every song.
  • maybe it’s a different taylor
  • Really need to get Mr. Alicia Keys away from a mic.
  • I had a conversation with someone when that track list was released with all the Sharpies signatures. He said, “What if all these songs are dope — and then there’s the Swizz song?” It came true.

5. “Feedback”

  • I AM AWAKE. NO LONGER HAVING MY GOOD SNOOOOZE.
  • Ye boasts he’s above bribery or financial incentive. But how true is his debt claim?
  • “Name one genius that ain’t crazy.” Fair.
  • In 2016, certain things aren’t PC anymore. Blogger jabs can’t be one of them. #NotAllBloggers.
  • I have approx. 1009 jackets made out of possum.
  • How did it take until 2016 for a Ghetto Oprah to exist?
  • The production is conflicted. It’s melodic, but holds the electronic screeching of Yeezus. You’re grooving, and then someone takes metal nails to a chalkboard and turns puts your eye along the surface.

6. “Low Lights”

  • The intro pits the woman against their own belief. She’s optimistic about God and believes, but she’s questioning this faith at the top.

7. “Highlights”

  • THUGGER TELLING EVERYBODY HE BACK IN TOWN.
  • His inclusion, despite being a lovable weirdo, makes sense. Kanye loves his melodies, and no one’s really butter than Jeffrey Williams. (His name is really Jeffrey Williams.)
  • Also wish my dick was a go pro.
  • Really want to see the security footage from the West-Kardashian Hidden Hills mansion to see Kim’s first reaction to the Ray J line.
  • The struggling social media manager at Equinox got themselves gift with this song. The-Dream singing to affluent, possible bad bitches gym-goers is a goldmine of memes.

8. “Freestyle 4”

  • An apprehensive beat and an odd song, with Kanye trying to be Young Thug. And Kid Cudi trying to be Future. And random keys slammed on the beat machine

9. “I Love Kanye”

  • #BringBackSkits
    • don’t

10. “Waves”

  • I’m being taken to a church without a gospel. These synths make me feel like I’m up in heaven kicking back with Gandhi and Snape.
  • Decent Chris Brown hook. I don’t want to throw a right hook his way. Upset!
  • “Waves” pushed back the release date because Chance wanted it on the album, per Kanye. The world is apparently better for it. Hyperbolic, but I dug it.

11. “FML”

  • “FML” is a tonal swerve. From lighthearted and backyard cookout/church feel, Ye immediately brought out the introspection hammer.
  • The Weeknd created his first hook using the work “fuck” but not meaning copulation.
  • There’s always a moment when West comes to realize the power of his words and actions. It might be fleeting, and he knowingly returns to this behavior, but there’s a dash of self-awareness. It shouldn’t be applauded for him being a normal human being, but outrageous VMA speeches et al. distort that.

(Random note: This has to be the album with the most solo West production credits since Graduation, right?)

12. “Real Friends”

  • Still beautiful as it was when I first heard it while shaving last month. Somehow didn’t cry and make my shaving cream run.
  • Ty Dolla $ign making a rare turn by not detailing boning, but rather boning familial relationships.
  • WHAT ARE THESE ECHOES. ECHOES ARE OLD YE. MAYBE I DID MISS THE OLD KANYE.
  • Who’s been guilty of the “Hey what’s good?” text out of nowhere before asking for a favor? WE ALL HAVE. WE ARE NOT REAL FRIENDS.
  • Can Buzzfeed or someone give me 10,000 words on this laptop-thieving cousin.
  • Tryna get ready for “Wolves’ CDQ.

13. “Wolves” [CDQ]

  • Despite no Sia and Vic Mensa, this still needs to be cranked as loud as possible.
  • How do you think Sia and Vic Mensa learned they were cut? Did Beyonce write a sweet hand-written letter? Did they find out on Media Takeout? Did they find out during Yeezy Season 3? (They definitely found out during Yeezy Season 3.)
  • So many corny folks I wish I could unfollow right now, but Twitter politics are too insane.
  • Can’t believe Kanye would be so unoriginal to use the classic “Jesus/Mary in the club” analogy. It’s been done millions of times in hip-hop, rock, jazz, blues, and especially gregorian chants.
  • WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRANK WE FOUND FRA
    • dawg please make more music

14. “Silver Surfer Intermission”

  • Max B co-signed Waves! Maybe that’s why he changed the title. Maybe he wanted to angry people, but opted against it.

15. “30 Hours”

  • “My ex says she gave me the best years of her life/I saw a recent picture of her, I guess she was right.”
  • West’s diet is out of whack. First, he admits to needing a trainer to telling him when he overeats (same). Then he eats only veggies (good) but NO FUCKING EGGS? Eggs are so critical to gains. Eggs keep you and Max B loopy and induce tsunamis.
  • “All chest, no legs” is a dece workout plan.
  • Omelettes at 5 a.m. are a bold movie for Doubletrees. But ask for those dope cookies; I legit got some tonight at 10 p.m., and they were warm. Shout out to the Culver City Doubletree.
  • Please chime in on if a blow job > no job.
  • WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER WE FOUND ANDRE FROM HIS UBER
    • The boldness of Kanye: Andre 3000 only briefly sings the title.
  • It’s no surprise, but it makes me endlessly happy that Kanye was the first person to mention that weird-ass Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher beef.
  • Can a flock of Twitterers #wellactually Kanye and say “30 Hours” wasn’t truly a bonus track?
  • End of this track sounding like every boring awards speech ever. Stop thanking everyone to come across your path.
  • GABE DON’T CALL WITH DUDE IN THE BOOTH.
  • Chicago to L.A. takes 29 hours, per Google Maps. 29 doesn’t sound as good as 30.

16. “No More Parties in L.A.”

  • Still beautiful as it was when I first heard in Napa last month. Somehow didn’t cry and ruin the three-day weekend with the homies.
  • Audio mixing was aggressively meh on the Soundcloud version; this is better.
  • Pink fur/Nori imagery still perfect.
  • WHICH PABLO????

17. “Facts (Charlie Heat Version”

  • Not only do I wish this song wasn’t on the album, I wish it was burned along with Kanye’s fucking awful Cosby #take.
  • At least it’s not a complete rip from Drake and Future?
  • Wherever Nike gives shit away, I’ll line up and carry box after box after box after box after box away.
  • The way he screeches “MESSAGE?!?!?!?” is great.
  • Shouts to ODB.
  • TWITTER #TREND BEEF.
  • Adidas totally has perfect humanitarian conditions for their factories.
  • LeBron got a billion because he’s recognizable every place in the goddamn world.
  • “Do anybody feel bad for Bill Cosby?” You, apparently.
  • Couch problems are paralyzing.
  • This beat is an improvement.
  • Not only do I wish this song wasn’t on the album, I wish it was burned along with Kanye’s fucking awful Cosby #take.

18. “Fade”

  • Holy shit I’ve been in love with this song almost as much as “Wolves.”
  • “Fade” has been around for a few months in pirate versions. If it appeared on the album without any prior fanfare, it would have been a complete aesthetic shift. Listeners have been inoculated with the track. And in the album’s context, it doesn’t come off as new: It comes off as Ye.
  • Post Malone squeals the hook with nothing but ache; it’s palpable.
    • I dig it, but real talk: would have been lit if he appeared and Andre hadn’t, especially with that harrowing Uber ride.

Thank you for reading nothing but surface level takes on The Life of Pablo. Given the Internet’s reaction to anything, this will be the only premature analysis of this album. I promise.

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