So yea, its not as weird as it sounds. Lemme explain…
Caught an article saying that the album was >Kanye “The Life of Pablo”< on Pornhub. Jokes aside, I’m thinking dope let me check it while cleaning and shit. I been wanting to check it since it dropped but it would always slip my mind. (listen before it’s a bust… pun intended).
The album is only streaming on Tidal, but I haven’t had time (would take me maybe 30 secs. to locate somewhere online). The PornHub link was perfect timing, anywayz!
Last week, I was vibing with DProsper (respected manager/emcee, industry manager mover and shaker) and thought, yea I gotta check it to see where he’s at these days. The last CD (never purchased digitally) I had by Ye was College DropOut. The main reason I got it was that he was rocking the Lo (Polo) Teddy on it. The Lo-Head in me had to support, but it was actually super dope!
Regardless, that brings me to today and “The Life Of Pablo“. The side moving advertisements from PornHub are hilariously moving to the music. It’s that serendipitous moment where it all works and in beat too, pun intended. And nah, i’m not over here wacking off, the music is playing in the background.
Now I’m gonna get a bit serious keeping the shxt 100, the music tastemaker is talking now. Anything else would be uncivilized and against my character. Aight let’s go….
My final analysis is that “The Life Of Pablo” is a juxtapose of genres that reflect Kanye West’s many artistic personalities. I get this as a fellow Gemini, I mean, Gems minds are everywhere… yet in that moment.
There are times where I’m like WTF is this, I can’t rock wit it but I see how it can be artistically freaked on stage. The visuals and performance aspect is in my opinion why Ye went there. Other joint’s in that same vain were creatively intriguing, but it didn’t grab me like yo I wanna rock that.
“No More Parties In LA” is my favorite on the release and makes the most sense to my hip hop spirit. More of these type tracks would have created a resurgence and interest from legit hip hop heads across the world. The flip is, urban hip hop heads are not necessarily paying customers, so an album like that is different when performed compared to his creative sounds which are more visual. I don’t think Ye’s heart is there at this time, which why only
one two (30 Hours) track mimics his loved “College Dropout” album.
Quick rundown of the album’s arrangement:
- Ultralight Beam – is pretty dope and soulful. I liked this as the introduction, it captivated the listener immediately drawing expectations of something great.
- Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 – is more commercial and it where the direction changes to a more modern sound. Not my favorite but it still works with todays standard sound.
- Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 – is the continued energy of pt. 1, but I like that better as the arrangement has an underground 90’s feel to it.
- Famous – not my vibe, but it’s catchy and can get the head nodding. It’s more braggy than lyrically induced, plus the efforts are rudimentary. The hook (Swizz Beatz) is catchy and flows well.
- Feedback – sounds like Puffy West, he kinda bit his flow which is an oxymoron since Puffy doesn’t write his material (but the delivery is always all puff, nobody can duplicate that). He was tweaking on this joint, real shxt. The young kids will prob enjoy dancing to it, that type of rhythm is there.
- Low Lights – This was a good interlude, i like the shxt that’s really saying something. It reminds that Ye still got the soulful ear.
- Highlights – is cool and commercial. I can see stripping bitches sliding down a dirty pole into a split, real slowly to this. My type of shxt when twisted and on my hood shxt.
- Freestyle 4 – is weird AF. It’s the Jekyll and Hyde side coming out, not feeling it.
- I Love Kanye – is fun, very narcissistic… guess it “o-so-Kanye”.
- Waves – rippled right past me, next!
- FML – is mad different, but i Like that type of different. Reminds me of Portishead, I fux wit it. He’s such a weird ass creative genius. (clarification, creative genius because of his intense passion and eccentric approach that stands out from his peers good/bad debatable, nonetheless, his spirit feels tormented hence the many levels of expression on the album. Hey, i’m energy sensitive!)
- Real Friends – is cool and more of the hip hop structure that I was expecting. The beat is a 6.5, but the message is a 9. I like when he get’s personal and puts more effort in his writing.
- Wolves – is so so, but I feel his artistic approach. Kanye is mad coded with his shit and translate through art as imagined by him. I appreciate his openness and ability to express his self alternatively.
- Silver Surfer – Max B interlude… he had to do this after the Waves drama, so it’s more “as a result of” than “intended from the get go”.
- 30 Hours – the energy is kicking in, this is the old Kanye. I want more of this flow, but that’s wishful thinking. Chill head nod shxt.
- No More Parties In LA – is fuxking hot!!! I love this track, Kendrick ripped it. That’s what I’m talking about in regards to Ye’s genius. His mind is convoluted with so much shxt it’s impossible to be focused on one sound, i get it. But this shit is dope!
- Facts – skipped it after 3 secs
- Fade – Ok, this is where many are like that shxt is wack and weird. I don’t and know I have a higher respect for Ye’s creatively. This is paying homage to house music, after all Kanye is Chicago bred. The intro lyrics sound off, no wait, the vocal mixing is off, it’s too much and needs to be lowered/flatened a bit with less treble. The classic sound is very recognizable to househeads, it’s dope to hear him incorporate it into his album and end it. I’m going to remix this joint, straight up!
So that concludes my review, no I didn’t review for errors. No body got time for that, my mind goes at a 100 miles an hour. I actually typed this straight through, if I stop and think about what I’m writing, will take me 20 time longer at least.
Rewinding back to “No More Parties In LA”! – written by Gibril Kuyateh Instagram