Album Review: The Life of Pablo
By Matthew Jordan
From So Help Me God, SWISH, and Waves, the long and anticipated wait is finally over. After 3 long years, artist Kanye West has finally released his brand new album titled The Life of Pablo. Yeezy released his album on February 11th during a show he held at Madison Square Garden called Yeezy Szn 3. The show was a debut for not only his album but also for his new upcoming clothing line.
The album contains 18 tracks with features from Chance the Rapper, Chris Brown, Young Thug, Frank Ocean and many more. Not only did everyone feel hype for him releasing his music but the feature Kanye had with Frank Ocean made everyone excited. It has been 4 years since Frank released an album and he has stated that he was to release one in late 2015 but that never happened. The internet was in outrage that Kanye got Frank to do a feature before Frank released an album.
People have said the story of the album is something the old Kanye would release. It contains a deep story of his life, his growth in faith with God, and him finding his true self. The top songs throughout the album are “Ultralight Beam,” “FML,” “Father Stretch My Hands part 1,” and “Real Friends.” In the song “Ultralight Beam,” Kanye explains the incident that occurred with St. Paul the Apostle. St. Paul was on his way to Damascus to persecute the Christians but a bright light shined upon him which was God. He remained sightless for three days before regaining his sight and dedicating his life to serving the Lord. He wrote 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament and is considered the one of the most influential figures in the early church. His writings dominated much of Christian theology. This song is by far my favorite song of the album. Others will like the song for Chance the Rapper’s verse but, the story behind the song is what I enjoy about it. The song states, “You persecute the weak/Because it makes you feel so strong (To save)/Dont have much strength to fight/So I look to the light/You persecute the weak/Because it makes you feel so strong (To save)/Don’t have much strength to fight/So I look to the light (War)/To make these wrongs turn right Head up high,/I look to the light/Hey, cause I know that you’ll make everything alright.” Those lyrics state that if you are in any time of need, always look toward the light because God almighty will always be there for you no matter the situation. He will look after you when you need him and He wants any individual to rejoice in the name of the Lord.
For the song FML, people believe the song stands for “**** My Life,” while others believe it means “For My Lady.” The song explains the struggle he is in trying to stay loyal to his wife and him trying to keep his self-control. Stating “ I been waiting for a minute/For my lady/So I can’t jeopardize that for one of these hoes I been living without limits/As far as my business/I’m the only one that’s in control/I been feeling all I’ve given/For my children I will die for those I love/God, I’m willing/To make this my mission /Give up the women.”
For the song “Father Stretch My Hands,” I mainly like the song from the beat and tone of the rappers. Kid Cudi and Kanye provide a singing beat which brings a positive upbeat vibe toward the listener. In the song, Kanye reflects on a time he had an argument with a girl he truly loved, but he came to a realize nothing is more important than wanting to wake up next to her. Stating “She looking like she owe you some/You know just what we want/I want to wake up with you in my eyes … /If I ever instigated I’m sorry.” “Real Friends” is a song that reaches the artist on a very personal level. Since he is described as one of the most impactful artists of our generation, he explains from reaching this level of success, he has not been the same around his family and friends. His family is given a backseat, and his job becomes his priority. In the song he states, “I’m a deadbeat cousin, I hate family reunions./…, I’m drinkin’ at the communion,” explaining how he is wasting his time at these events and could be doing something much more productive than spending time with family. He also states, “When was the last time I remembered a birthday? / When was the last time I wasn’t in a hurry?”
With the last three years being teasers and snippets of this album, the anticipation was very high, and he did not disappoint. The story behind the album that Kanye produced was a side of Kanye we have not seen in a very long time. Overall, this album was one of the best albums Kanye released in a very long time. He goes onto a personal level describing his difficulties he recently faced and with him growing in his faith with God. This album deserves five fuegos on the Mat Jordan Fire Fuego Scale. 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 (Five out of Five)