Everything Wrong with The Life of Pablo
If you scorned the Internet to find this post, you probably watched Kanye West's live Yeezy Season event via Tidal on the Thursday before The Life of Pablo dropped. Myself, I couldn't care less about the fashion. As a college kid with barely enough money to buy a Yeezy sock, I think the style and simplistic approach to clothes is a great idea, but extremely over priced when it comes to clothes. But I'm getting off-topic. I put the stream on and put my phone in my pocket. I stayed up till midnight Thursday waiting for an ITunes drop so I could pay my 15 dollars to listen to TLOP on my 4 hour bus ride at 7 the next morning. But the drop never came. Over the weekend I checked ITunes periodically and was astounded Sunday night to find that the album never dropped on iTunes. So with that aggravation, I write this article that will entail every single thing that Kanye West did wrong in regards to The Life of Pablo.
1. Late Drop
Blame Chance if you want Kanye, and don't get me wrong, I appreciate the extra tracks. But it takes away from the drop to hold it for extra days and looks extremely unprofessional. It no doubt lost millions of streams through frustration and people illegally downloading the live rip.
2. Not Available for Purchase
Hows Kanye going to claim he's 53 million dollars in debt and then put an album out with no option to purchase? He must be doing Jay a major favor by only releasing it on Tidal, but he's no doubt missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars by not allowing people like myself to buy he album and "Support Kanye Ideas"
3. Low Lights and Highlights are too low on the tracklist
Low Lights is arguably the most gospel song in the album through and through besides possibly Ultra Light Beam. I feel like the album slowly twists away from being a gospel album as you near the end with FML and Wolves, so why break up the two most gospel songs on the album? Highlights fits perfectly behind Low Lights. Here's my album lineup to this point
1. Ultra Light Beam 2. Low Lights 3. High Lights 4. Father Stretch My Hands 1 5. Pt. 2
I love the hook, the outro, and the concept of this song. But Kanye West nearly ruined the song for me with the verses. In all honestly he only had about 4 lines per verse and repeated a line in almost both verses. Kanye I just expected more for you to delay the album for this one song... Please don't turn in to DJ Khaled.
5. Move Real Friends
FML is when he album starts to take a dark turn, and I don't understand why real friends cuts off the dark vibe that Wolves and FML share. So either switch FML and Real Friends or Wolves and Real Friends. Instead the two small dark bumps, make it one dark swing down that is brought back out near the end to contrast the light that is portrayed at the beginning of the album with Ultra Light Beam and (in my version) Highlights
6. Silver Surfer Intermission
Would anyone who thinks this intermission has a purpose or should remain on the album raise their hand? I literally skipped this track every time I've listened to the album besides the first time. It has no purpose and leaves no general impression on the album. Pointless. Cut it. (Which I did from my listening regimine)
7. 30 Hours second "verse"
Okay Kanye what the fuck? Who mumbles for an entire verse on a track that has Andre 3000 on the hook. Did the actual verse get lost and Kanye was like "Fuck it, just play the ad-libs" Just cut the record short. Although, quick fix, gimmie a 3000 verse on he remix and it's all good.
8. The Artwork
Kanye West. Self-Proclaimed Artist and Fashion "God." Why in the world is the cover of this album what it is? The concept of the album is choosing a life. One that follows god or the light, and one that falls into the vices of the darkness. This is really obvious on the cover where it says choose one and theres some church going people and a woman with a fat ass. But the orange and black type? Peter De Potter did that artwork, and I understand what Kanye was going for here, I've seen the conceptual pictures, but this is the worst cover for a conceptual album I've ever seen. Here's some more artwork for the album that I feel would better represent the concept for the album:
With all of this said, I really do like this album and appreciate it's place in the world. I don't agree with some of Kanye's ways of handling the rollout, but I do respect him for the message behind the album, because it really is a message that people need to hear. Choosing between darkness and light is something that the world and people make daily so it's great to see Kanye address this on such a grand scale. Kanye if you're reading this, hit the gmail, let's make your next album the greatest of all-time. I hate burning bridges before I get to them, and I'm not trying to do that here. I'm simply trying to give constructive criticism.
But what'd you think? Tweet me and let me know what you thought about the album and some of these points i've brought up and we'll keep the conversation going.