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Kanye West, The Life of Pablo (Def Jam Records)
CD Reviews: February 24, 2016

02/25/16
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Kanye West, The Life of Pablo (Def Jam Records)

There remains no superego with enough tensile strength to put a lid on this TMI dispenser, his fame growing with every tweet, many of which would condemn anyone else to embarrassed B-list status in half a heartbeat. At this writing, his latest Twitterburst involved cajoling Mark Zuckerberg for a billion dollars, to be wisely spent on the lab-synthesis of Kanye’s intellectual brand or somesuch, anything to get him out of the $53-million-and-counting he owes to the factory that makes his Yeezy rags. But you know all this, of course, and, if you’re one of the few who signed up for that (doomed, and totally to-be-patched-later) Tidal version, you’ve already got an opinion, or maybe you just wrote him off as a low-rent PT Barnum after Taylor Swift refused to release his single “Famous” on her Twitter account. Either way, as you can see, there are, as usual, lots of stunts afoot, but this time not as many “groundbreaking” acts of hip-hop. It’s an album-album; unlike its predecessor Yeezus, which was a 1990s-industrial pitched fit lorded over by Rick Rubin. Here, however, you have guests like Chris Brown, Chance the Rapper and Kendrick Lamar in not-completely-out-of-the-question situations, nods to everything from house to cigar-box-percussion sidewalk jive, and of course, lots of gospel. Oh, and plenty of near-accidental eclecticism — St. Paul of Tarsus, not Picasso, is the titular Pablo in question. What a scamp, huh? A-





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