Kanye West revealed on Wednesday evening via Twitter his upcoming album’s official title: The Life of Pablo.
West had announced new album titles many times in the past only to change from one title to another. The titles West previously mentioned subsequently include So Help Me God, Swish, and Waves. But with the album set to be officially released on Thursday, it looks like the just-announced album title, The Life of Pablo, will indeed be the title of Kanye West’s seventh LP.
The American rapper’s Twitter post showed showed a notepad bearing the album’s title at the top. Enumerated below are the song titles comprising The Life of Pablo‘s final tracklist. Kanye’s caption for the tweet went: “”Final track list for The Life of Pablo.”
Final track list for The Life Of Pablo pic.twitter.com/PMH94MAAeJ— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 11, 2016
Kanye West made no mention of the significance behind the name “Pablo” in the album title, but many fans have speculated that the title The Life of Pablo was meant to be a nod to 20th century artist Pablo Picasso.
Fans may have gotten it right. After all, West compared himself to Pablo Picasso many times in the past. He made one such comparison during his 45-minute speech at the Oxford Guild back in March of last year, where he said that if he was to do fine art, he would have become Picasso or greater.
“My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater… That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone who has done so much, and that’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.
“If I could have done it again I would have gone to the Art Institute over the American Academy.”
To top it off, Kanye’s collaboration track with Kendrick Lamar, “No More Parties in LA,” included the following lyrics: “I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my shoes / I feel like Pablo when I see me on the news / I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my house.”
Kanye West is also set to host a live listening party at Madison Square Garden on the day of the album launch. It will coincide with his sold-out Yeezy Season 3 fashion show, where performance artist Vanessa Beecroft is expected to hit the stage. Vanessa not only helped stage West’s previous fashion shows, she also collaborated with the rapper for the world tour of his 2013 album, Yeezus. As GQ has recently reported, the event will be streamed on Tidal as well as in select theaters around the world.
Kim Kardashian’s husband has been teasing TLOP since early 2015. The first track he debuted in 2015 was a sweet ode to his daughter North West, “Only One.” Before long, Kanye released “FourFiveSeconds” featuring Rihanna and Paul McCartney. Soon after, he released his third single for 2015, “All Day.” None of those tracks were included in TLOP’s final track list, however, despite fans’ expectations to the contrary. Other tracks that didn’t make it to the album include “No More Parties in L.A.,” “Nina Chop,” and “30 Hours.”
The songs he debuted during his fashion shows in 2015 did make the cut, including his collaboration track with Sia and Vic Mensa, “Wolves.” “Fade,” the track he debuted during New York Fashion Week last fall, also made it to the list.
The Life of Pablo Track List
1. “Ultra Light Beams”
2. “Father Stretch My Hands, Parts 1 & 2”
3. “Freestyle 4”
7. “Fade” featuring Post Malone & Ty Dolla $ign
9. “Real Friends” featuring Ty Dolla $ign
10. “Wolves” featuring Sia & Vic Mensa
On a scale of 1 to 10, how excited are you for the release of Kanye West’s upcoming album The Life of Pablo? Which omitted tracks do you feel should have been included in the album’s final tracklist? Sound off in the comments section below.
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