Kanye West ‎– The Life Of Pablo

G.O.O.D. MUSIC ‎– none, Def Jam Recordings ‎– none
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1 Ultralight Beam
Co-producer – Derrick Watkins, Rick RubinFeaturing – Chance The Rapper, Kirk FranklinHorns – Donnie TrumpetProducer – Chance The Rapper, Kanye West, Swizz BeatzVocals – Kelly Price, The-DreamWritten-By – C. Bennett*, D. Watkins*, K. West*, K. Franklin*, T. Nash*
2 Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1
Co-producer – Metro BoominFeaturing – Kid CudiProducer – Kanye West, Mike Dean, Rick RubinWritten-By – K. West*, L. Wayne*, T. L. Barrett*, S. Mescudi*
3 Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 2
Co-producer – Plain PatFeaturing – DesiignerProducer – Kanye West, Rick RubinVocals – Caroline Shaw, DesiignerWritten-By – Desiigner, K. West*, Leland Wayne, T. L. Barrett*
4 Famous
Co-producer – Andrew Dawson, Charlie Heat, Noah GoldsteinFeaturing – RihannaProducer – Havoc (3), Kanye WestVocals – Rihanna, Swizz BeatzWritten-By – K. West*, K. Dean*, R. Fetty*
5 Feedback
Co-producer – Charlie HeatCo-producer, Written-By – Noah GoldsteinProducer – Kanye WestWritten-By – Chancelor Bennett, Cydel Young, Darius "3D" Jenkins, Ernest Brown, Kanye West
6 Low Lights
Producer – DJDS*, Kanye WestWritten-By – Kanye West, Mike Dean
7 Highlights
Co-producer – Southside (5), VelousFeaturing, Vocals – Young Thug (2)Keyboards – Greg PhillinganesProducer – Kanye WestProducer, Written-By, Keyboards – Mike DeanWritten-By – Jeffrey Williams (3), Kanye West, Terius Nash
8 Freestyle 4
Co-producer – Hudson Mohawke, Mike Dean, Noah GoldsteinEngineer – Tom KahreFeaturing, Vocals – DesiignerProducer – Kanye WestWritten-By – Kanye West
9 I Love Kanye
Producer – Kanye WestWritten-By – K. West*
10 Waves
Co-producer – Hudson Mohawke, Metro Boomin, Mike DeanEngineer – Tom KahreFeaturing, Vocals – Chris Brown (4)Producer – Charlie Heat, Kanye WestVocals – Kid CudiWritten-By – C. Bennett*, K. West*
11 FML
Co-producer – Metro Boomin, Noah GoldsteinCo-producer, Keyboards – Mike DeanFeaturing, Vocals – The WeekndProducer – Kanye West, Mitus (3)Written-By – A. Tesfaye*, K. West*
12 Real Friends
Co-producer – Havoc (3)Co-producer, Piano, Synthesizer, Horns – Frank DukesFeaturing, Vocals – Ty Dolla $ign*Keyboards – Mike DeanProducer – Boi-1da, Kanye WestWritten-By – A. Feeny*, D. Carter*, J. Hutchins*, J. Fletcher*, K. West*, K. Muchita*, M. Samuels*, T. Griffin*
13 Wolves
Featuring, Vocals – Caroline ShawProducer – Cashmere Cat, Kanye West, Mike Dean, Sinjin HawkeWritten-By – Christopher Breaux, Kanye West, Magnus August Høiberg, Sia Furler, Sinjin Hawke, Victor Mensah*
14 Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission
Producer – Kanye WestVocals – French Montana, Max B (2)Written-By – Charles Wingate, Kanye West, Karim Kharbouch
15 30 Hours
Featuring – Andre 3000Producer – Kanye West, Karriem RigginsProducer, Vocoder – Mike DeanWritten-By – A. Benjamin*, A. Russel*, A. Graham*, K. West*, K. Riggins*
16 No More Parties In LA
Featuring, Vocals – Kendrick LamarProducer – Kanye West, MadlibWritten-By – J. Watson*, K. West*, K. Duckworth*, L. Graham*, O. Jackson Jr.*, W. Morrison*
17 Facts (Charlie Heat Version)
Producer – Charlie Heat, Kanye West, Metro Boomin, Southside (5)Written-By – Charlie Heat, Father's Children, Isao Abe, Joshua Luellen, Kanye West, Leland Wayne, Yoko Shimomura
18 Fade
Co-producer – Anthony Kilhoffer, Benji B, Mike Dean, Ryan "Charlie Handsome" Vojtesak*Featuring, Vocals – Post Malone, Ty Dolla $ign*Producer – Kanye WestWritten-By – A. Post*, C. Grant*, E. Holland Jr.*, K. West*, L. Heard*, N. Whitfield*, Rapture Stewart, R. Owens*, R. Wilson*, T. Griffin*

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DJX-3312 Kanye West The Life Of Pablo(LP, Album, Promo, Unofficial, Gre + LP, Album, Pro) Not On Label DJX-3312 UK 2018 Sell This Version
none Kanye West The Life Of Pablo(2xLP, Album, MP, Unofficial, Cle) Not On Label (Kanye West) none 2016 Sell This Version
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June 10, 2020
I have long grappled with "The Life of Pablo".

I remember finding the entire release cycle very intriguing. The ballsy notion of releasing an unfinished album and only *then* repeatedly tinkering with the mix, track-order and artwork (indefinitely, I might add) - the whole concept was pretty different. Whatever your opinion of Kanye, you must afford him this.

Overall, it's just about the most schizophrenic record I've ever heard. Throughout the album, West moves frenetically between lowbrow - borderline vulgar - ideas, phrases and references, simultaneously sewing a patchwork production aesthetic unlike any other major mainstream music release before it. Almost as if gesturing toward a sort of aural Cubism, Kanye leaves raw stitch-marks all over his work: the samples aren't flush with the beats; the flow sometimes drifts; sound quality varies (sometimes within a single track). Truly, this is multifaceted music - in every sense. Skeptics will say this is accidental; that any positive reviews are just 'emperor's new clothes' prattle. Kanye die-hards will proclaim that - true to their megalomaniacal idol's word - '[he] is a god.' All you can do is listen for yourself - but like it or lump it, there is something truly jarring to behold here.

On the flip-side of this potentially inventive sound, there is Kanye the man, who - at the end of the day - is pretty disgusting for the duration. "Famous" - for all its catchiness - is pretty rank lyrically. The now-proven-to-be-unapproved hyper-sexualisation of Taylor Swift is particularly egregious, as is the relentless, aggressive Nike-shutdown "Facts". This is where the consternation comes in for me - my threshold for Kanye's ego needs to be at low tide for this record to be bearable. On a good day, I can really enjoy the production. If "The Life of Pablo" catches me off-guard however, I have to be honest: it's possible to really loathe it - 'bleached [assholes]' and all. For the purposes of this review, I'm trying to be as objective as possible, but buyer beware: this *is* a record that will entice you, befriend you and then - out of nowhere - knife you in the eyes. Repeatedly.

Again, in stark contrast to the annoying aspects of this album, there are some very special soundscapes established by Kanye's production style. "Ultralight Beam" - despite being less than five years old - is already treated with the reverie reserved for a stone-cold classic. Its mournful, hymnal procession is perhaps best symbolic of the disputes and inconsistencies characterising the entire body of this album: between candid samples of his god-fearing children discussing religion, and Kanye's own admission that '[he's] trying to keep the faith', there's a tacky throwaway reference to the November 2015 Paris attacks.


Ultralight Beam [feat. Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, The-Dream, Kelly Price, Natalie Green & Samoria Green] - ★★★★☆
Father Stretch My Hands (Parts 1-2) [feat. Kid Cudi, Desiigner & Caroline Shaw] - ★★★★☆
Famous [feat. Rhianna & Swizz Beatz] - ★★★★☆
Feedback - ★★★★☆
Low Lights - ★★★★☆
Highlights [feat. Young Thug, The-Dream, El DeBarge & Kelly Price] - ★★★★☆
Freestyle 4 [feat. Desiigner] - ★★★★☆
I Love Kanye - ★★★★☆
Waves [feat. Chris Brown & Kid Cudi] - ★★★★☆
FML [feat. The Weeknd] - ★★★★☆
Real Friends [feat. Ty Dolla $ign] - ★★★★☆
Wolves [feat. Vic Mensa, Sia & Caroline Shaw] - ★★★★☆
Frank's Track/Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission [feat. Frank Ocean, Max B & French Montana] - ★★☆☆☆
30 Hours [feat. André Benjamin] - ★★★★☆
No More Parties in LA [feat. Kendrick Lamar] - ★★★★☆
Facts [Charlie Heat Version] - ★★★★☆
Fade [feat. Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign] - ★★★★☆
Saint Pablo [feat. Sampha] - ★★★★☆


March 15, 2020
Not a single official release on vinyl, cd or tape. Why not? Went to all the trouble of doing a redux, improving the mix but no physical release. Sad. Can anyone comment on the best bootleg of the bunch?


September 23, 2019
Pretty weird how a legit physical version still hasn't been released yet.


March 20, 2019
message me if you wanna sell me one as well


December 24, 2018
hit me up if you want to sell one! TLOP


January 28, 2018
Can someone please reply to this when a new bootleg with Saint Pablo comes out? And a link too please x


May 10, 2017
The Life Of Pablo was an interesting, though very scattered release. I did appreciate the fact that the project was so different, yet also very unconventional. There were a couple of songs I still can't really listen to (Wolves and Freestyle 4) due to them not really sounding so good, but nonetheless, this project is very enjoyable. I'd recommend to any K. West fan, or just a fan of rap music as a whole.


April 6, 2017
elton claims he spent a bomb on this recently, can only have been a bootleg... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39512459


March 11, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
You guys should check Etsy.com for a cassette copy, Im gonna be getting more very soon :)


February 16, 2017
Can't someone press up a boot of the final version of the album already? All these bootlegs use the Tidal exclusive first version with the shit mastering and missing tracks