Overview: The Life of Pablo by Kanye West

“I just wanna bring as much beauty to the world as possible.” – Kanye West, Yeezy Season 3 debut at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York.

ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 20: Kanye West performs at the Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash Block Show at Philips Arena on June 20, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Prince Williams/WireImage)
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With four name changes, four track list changes and a debut of minimalist cover art by Peter De Potter, the wait for The Life of Pablo has finally come to an end. A crowd that sold out in ten minutes gathered in New York City’s Madison Square Garden to witness Kanye West debut his Yeezy Season 3 collection to his long-anticipated album.

The album features artists such as Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Future, and more. Many pleasant surprises were present at the debut: Young Thug and Noami Campbell modeled pieces from the Yeezy Season 3 collection; audience members consisting of familiar faces like Frank Ocean  (We’ve finally found him!), Vic Mensa, Pusha T, Big Sean, and (of course) the entire Kardashian/Jenner family; and the announcement of a video game titled “Only One” created by West about his mother, Donda West, going through the gates of heaven.

The final track list of The Life of Pablo was posted by West on Twitter.

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“Ultra Light Beams” features Chance the Rapper and Desiigner, “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 & Pt.2” features Future and producer Metro Boomin, “Famous” features Rihanna and Swizz Beatz, “Highlights” features Young Thug, “Real Friends” features Ty Dolla $ign, “Wolves” features Frank Ocean, and “Fade” features Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign. The tracks allude to aspects of West’s personal life with his wife and daughter & controversy with Taylor Swift. West also made last-minute cuts to artistic elements of the album- cutting Vic Mensa and Sia from “Wolves” and updating a new final track list with five new songs (“FACTS” and “No More Parties in L.A.” being taken off at an earlier date and added again). Continuing his weekly G.O.O.D Fridays releases, Kanye posted a recording to soundcloud of a new track, titled “30 Hours,”  being added to The Life of Pablo (click to listen).

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Said to be more of a Gospel album by West, this compilation of Yeezus-esque tracks with darker undertones seems to be his most raw to date. Keep a look out for an album review of The Life of Pablo.

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Yeezy Season 3 Debut in Madison Square Garden on Tidal.

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