“The Life of Pablo” Review

James Herdon, Reporter

On February 14, Kanye West’s album The Life of Pablo was released by GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings. It is his seventh studio album. It features many artists including, Chance The Rapper, Frank Ocean, The-Dream, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, The Weeknd, Ty Dolla $ign, and Chris Brown.

It has been recorded in Italy, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. The album took on a lot attention from the media because the hip-hop artist is $53 million in debt and decided not to release it on iTunes.

Michael Vongphrachunh, a listener of The Life of Pablo thought the album was “dope.” He has been listening to Kanye since he dropped his first album mix tape: The College Dropout. To Michael, his first album was more about having the guts to embrace who you are, rather than following the path society has carved out for you.

What’s different from his first and his latest album is that he took on a more gospel sound and theme than hip-hop. He has church choirs singing in the background in a couple tracks. Kanye is Michael’s favorite rapper so he thinks that he’s a genius in what he does, with music, fashion, publicity stunts, etc. Ultra Light Beams is a ‘Gods Dream’ to Kanye and as well as it is to Michael. It’s his favorite song on the album because two of his favorite rappers are on one track. Chance the Rapper and Kanye West.

The Life of Pablo has a significant meaning to its title. If you search in Google, “Who is the greatest artist in the 20th century?” It shows Pablo Picasso. In spite of that, Kanye wants to be put out as the greatest music artist in the 20th century. So that’s why he has changed the album name a number of times.

For the reason he isn’t selling his album on Apple is that he wants to give Tidal more subscribers. After he tweeted that he will never sell his music on Apple and in stores and only on Tidal, Tidal got one million subscribers.

Meta Geta is a new listener of Kanye West and his new album. Her first impression of the album was, ”I’ve never heard any music similar to the music that is on this album. It all sounds new to me and it feels to me that he created his own genre.” The album was greatly produced, unbelievable to many.

Today, he is one of the greatest producers of all time. She likes that the album doesn’t have one theme. It varies from gospel to slam poetry to R&B to hip-hop, etc. Meta thinks that Kanye is a very influential artist of this generation today. He gives people a chance to make their music and make their dreams come true.

He finds unnoticed artists and helps them start up their music career. Apart from liking the album, what she didn’t like was that he missed some features that he was supposed to put in like: Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Andre 3000, etc. “Other than that, I can’t say that I was disappointed because the album was there and I was really feeling’ it,” she said.

John Hogan, a fan since Kanye’s Late Registration. “I listen to music. I don’t judge off people’s attitudes, or the way they act, ignorant or not, how they feel, religious beliefs, or political views. I don’t care about all of that, I’m here for music.” John took no time in subscribing to Tidal to listen to The Life of Pablo.

He believes that people care too much about what he is saying and doing in the media rather than just listening to the album. “People should know it’s all for publicity.” He does all the stunts he does and says all the stuff he says on social media simply because he doesn’t get any advertisements for his music, nor commercials. The only way he could promote his album is through the media. People think that his antics take away from his music.

People despise him for all the bad that he’s done. Necessarily to John, John thinks that they shouldn’t hate his music too because the album was great and his music has nothing to do with his antics. “The album was great. Whether you like Kanye or not, he made a good album. Potentially, one of the greatest this year, in my opinion.”

John isn’t bothered by what Kanye has going on. He doesn’t care about him being in debt, his twitter rants, or his publicity stunts. “All I want is great music. That’s what he gave me, I’m good.”