It was originally titled So Help Me God, then SWISH, and briefly WAVES. , On February 11, 2016, West revealed the album's artwork, designed by Belgian artist Peter De Potter. Production was handled by West and a variety of other producers, including co-executive producers Rick Rubin and Noah Goldstein.  He claimed for the interjections to sound as if "they are spilling over from another studio altogether".  This stood as the first time that an album had topped the Billboard 200 with the majority of the units coming from streaming equivalent albums, surpassing the previous benchmark of 44.6% set by Rihanna's eighth studio album Anti (2016).  In February 2016, Inverse named The Life of Pablo as West's best album. Upon its unveiling via Twitter on February 11th, 2016, the album cover art instantly went viral and became a popular subject of photoshopped parodies among his fans. In November 2013, Kanye West began working on his seventh studio album, under the working title of So Help Me God for a 2014 release date.  On the Billboard Hot 100, the song peaked at number 47 and spent 13 weeks on the chart.  Kot called the song "an example of just how brilliant and infuriating West can be at the same time".  By doing so, the album blocked American singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton's debut studio album Traveller (2015) from the top spot, which sold 73,000 units. During the months before release, the title and tracklist of the album went through several publicized changes.  On January 26, 2016, West revealed that he had renamed the album from SWISH to Waves.  The album debuted on the Finnish Albums (Top 50) chart at number 12 and climbed seven places to number five in its second week on the chart.  "Facts (Charlie Heat Version)" is a Nike diss track that features West bragging about the success of his Yeezy shoes. A Look at Who’s Who on Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’. On the beach at Golfe-Juan in 1968, Gjon Mili captured Pablo Picasso reveling in two of his artistic obsessions: the mask and the minotaur, a mythical half-bull, half-man that featured prominently in much of the artist’s work. It originally surfaced online on March 31, 2016 after it had been leaked onto Apple Music by mistake before being removed hours later.  God and his connection to spirituality are referenced within "Low Lights", with the vocals coming from an unknown woman delivering a sample of Sandy Rivera's performance on the a cappella version of "Save Me" by the duo Kings of Tomorrow. He was just a normal guy, like me, and super cool.  Christ said that West is "a dream to work with", adding that when it comes to creative freedom, West is on his own level in terms of the freedom.  In a highly positive review, Greene wrote that all of West's work is animated by "a madcap sense of humor", and claimed that "The Life of Pablo has a freewheeling energy that is infectious and unique to his discography", finding that it manages to come across "as both his most labored-over and unfinished album, full of asterisks and corrections and footnotes".  The album peaked at number two on the Swedish Albums chart, standing as West's highest charting album in Sweden and ultimately ranking as the 55th most popular album of 2016 on the chart.  West skipped the 2017 Grammy Awards, though his mother-in-law Kris Jenner explained that this was due to him debuting Yeezy Season 5 at New York Fashion Week.  West later tweeted that he "was thinking about not making CDs ever again", and stated that he would never release The Life of Pablo outside of Tidal.  However, the following day, West claimed that he would never release The Life of Pablo outside of Tidal, encouraging his fans to sign up for the service. 1" was also noted for gospel music in its composition. It also debuted at number one in Norway, and the top ten in Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Sweden.  American rapper Max B delivers a voicemail about "good vibes" on "Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission", which is followed by fellow rapper French Montana blurting out the phrase "silver surfer" repeatedly on the interlude, until the phrase is repeated by Max B. The other guys are like, 'We don't get it'". 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Feat.  Writing for The New York Times, Jon Caramanica stated that West "has perfected the art of aesthetic and intellectual bricolage, shape-shifting in real time and counting on listeners to keep up", concluding that "this is Tumblr-as-album, the piecing together of divergent fragments to make a cohesive whole".  On February 12, 2016, West released a new track, titled "30 Hours", as part of his GOOD Fridays series.  Referencing West's lyrical performance, Sheffield wrote that he "knows he's got some issues to work on". , The Life of Pablo appeared on year-end lists of the best albums of 2016 by multiple publications. There go the surprise...". 1" on the UK Singles Chart. Following the official streaming debut, West continued to make changes to The Life of Pablo. 2". It turns out that notepad was just a preview of who Kanye worked with on this album. Two new song titles, “Freestyle 4” and “Feedback,” now populate the rundown. Following Tidal's initial disclosure of its streaming data and release to competing streaming services, the album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, becoming the first to reach the summit primarily through streaming, and was ultimately certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).  On the Top 50 Songs of 2016 poll, "Ultralight Beam" ranked at number one. The song was produced by Madlib and West, and contains a sample of "Suzie Thundertussy" performed by Walter "Junie" Morrison.  On August 16, 2019, "Real Friends" was certified silver in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for selling 200,000 units. The rapper also revealed the final track list for the record with another photo of a notepad. 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", "Die internationalen Rapalben des Jahres 2016", "What were the best albums of 2016?  Carl Wilson of Slate suggested that with the given context of the sonic landscaping throughout The Life of Pablo, the point is that "in West's kamikaze, mood-swinging way, Pablo now seems undeniably (not half-assedly, as I'd been about to conclude) like an album of struggle", noting the strange connections that it created "between Kanye's many iterations—soul-sample enthusiast, heartbroken Auto-Tune crooner, hedonistic avant-pop composer, industrial-rap shit-talker" while making use of bass and percussion lines "that are only the tail-end decay of some lost starting place, some vanished rhythmic Eden".  The album was certified double platinum in the US by the RIAA for selling 2,000,000 album-equivalent units on February 27, 2020.  The album's premier and launch won the awards for Innovation and Integrated Campaign, respectively, at the 2017 Clio Awards.  Alexis Petridis expressed further criticism in The Guardian, finding the album "at turns, rambling, chaotic, deeply underwhelming, impressively audacious, and completely infuriating", suggesting that it "appears to have had ideas thrown at it until it feels messy and incoherent", despite concluding that "when The Life of Pablo is good, it's very good indeed".  West eventually revealed during an episode of American talk show Kocktails with Khloé in April 2016 after being asked "Who the fuck is Pablo" by his sister-in-law Khloé Kardashian on the show that the title was inspired by Escobar, Picasso and Apostle Paul, since Paul translates to Pablo in Spanish.  Corbin Reiff of The A.V.  Though "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. The release of The Life of Pablo was preceded by several promotional singles, including the tracks "Real Friends" and "No More Parties in LA".  On February 11, West premiered an early version of the album at Madison Square Garden as part of the presentation of his Yeezy Season 3 clothing line. Saatchi Art is pleased to offer the painting, "Life of Pablo (Ed. , In April 2014, during an interview with Self-Titled, English electronic music producer Evian Christ explained that despite West not always being musically clear, he just seemed "interested in pushing aesthetic boundaries as far into the Avant as possible.  Chance the Rapper and his instrumental collaborator Donnie Trumpet bring elements of soul revivalism into the track during Chance the Rapper's guest verse. Want to hear 'The Life Of Pablo' on iTunes, Tidal or Spotify?  The following month, West posted a tweet that seemingly asserted Bill Cosby's innocence in the wake of over 50 women making allegations of sexual assault directed at Cosby. It was clear in the lead up to the release of Kanye West's new album that a lot of people were involved in the making of The Life of Pablo.  This cost West $10 million in sales since he originally planned to offer album downloads for $20 each, which would have equated to $10 million if 500,000 purchases had been made. , On February 14, West performed "Highlights" and "Ultralight Beam" on SNL. 1 App Store Spot After Kanye West Album Release", "Kanye West says he's done with CDs – but what about 'The Life of Pablo'?  West postponed several dates in October following the Paris robbery of Kardashian.  Writing for USA Today, Patrick Ryan claimed that even though the album "may not deliver on West's promise of being 'the album of the life', it's undeniably the work of one of music's most boundary-pushing artists and will give fans plenty to unpack".  The album dropped 95% in pure album sales, selling around 1,000 copies.  The song was certified silver in the UK by the BPI for pushing 200,000 units on October 20, 2017. The Life of Pablo is Kanye West’s 7th studio album. Cali Thornhill DeWitt is the artist behind ‘The Life of Pablo’ merch. , In the weeks leading up to the album's release, West released several changing iterations of the track list, while he became embroiled in several Twitter controversies.  The Life of Pablo was certified gold in the UK by the BPI on March 3, 2017 for sales of 100,000 album-equivalent units that were the results of streams, becoming the first album to ever do so in the country. Cover art for Kanye West's album "Life of Pablo" Streaming is largely responsible for West's eight new titles on the Hot 100 and 12 total on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Read our track-by-track breakdown of Kanye West's The Life of Pablo, ... How Music Artists Adapted to Covid-19’s New Normal.  On November 12, 2018, The Life of Pablo was certified double platinum in Denmark by IFPI Danmark for shipments of 40,000 copies. And that mix between message, art, and product is The Life Of Pablo . "Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. The updated track listing also revealed a number of the unannounced potential collaborators, which included Earl Sweatshirt, The-Dream, Tyler, the Creator, The World Famous Tony Williams, Diddy, Danny!, ASAP Rocky, Kid Cudi, Lil Uzi Vert, Drake, Teyana Taylor, Zoë Kravitz, Bibi Bourelly, Doug E. Fresh, How to Dress Well, and French Montana, as well as a return of his frequent production collaborators, such as Mike Dean, Hudson Mohawke, Plain Pat, Vicious, Anthony Kilhoffer, A-Trak, and Noah Goldstein.  The album's initial exclusive release on Tidal resulted in a large increase in subscribers to the service, 250 million streams in the first 10 days, and 400 million streams in the first six weeks before its release to other streaming platforms. Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone. , "Wolves" sees West show fear of being possibly viewed as a guilt-ridden son.  This also signified a revival of the GOOD Fridays initiative in which West releases new singles every Friday. And based on the notepad he frequently updated and shared on Twitter over the last few weeks, people involved ranged from Kid Cudi to Kirk Franklin.  On January 8, 2016, Kardashian announced via Twitter the release of "Real Friends", which simultaneously initiated the return of West's GOOD Fridays; West had previously launched this initiative as a weekly free music giveaway leading up to the release of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.  Sexually explicit lyrics are used by West to describe his fantasies and dreams on "Freestyle 4". , On January 27, 2016, West revealed the update of the final track listing for The Life of Pablo on his official Twitter account. We want to make your life a bit easier.  The song "30 Hours" includes West delivering the "real life commentary" that he has become known for.  Pablo Escobar, Pablo Neruda, Pablo Picasso and a kid named Pablo who famously shouted his support of West for president at the 2015 VMAS were viewed as potential people that West titled the album after. Size is 40.6 H x 28.7 W x 1.2 in.  He elaborated, writing that "West just drops broken pieces of his psyche all over the album and challenges you to fit them together". COMPLEX participates in various affiliate marketing programs, which means COMPLEX gets paid commissions on purchases made through our links to retailer sites. Breaking Down Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo' Cover Art At first glance, the cover art for 'The Life Of Pablo' is Kanye's most shallow to date, so we went in search of something deeper. , As well as ranking at number three on the Pitchfork Readers' Poll: Top 50 Albums of 2016, the album was voted by readers at the position of fifth for both the most underrated and most overrated album of the year, respectively. “Famous” f/ Rihanna.  Despite The Life of Pablo being more successful in terms of Grammy nominations than Yeezus, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and West's fourth studio album 808s & Heartbreak (2008), several publications viewed the lack of a nomination for Album of the Year as being a snub.  The performances featured a floating platform, marking the first time that West had used one in his career. 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