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Alright. It’s finally about to drop. Today is the day. In about 15 minutes, the album will be premiered at Madison Square Garden. I really don’t know what to say in this preamble. Everyone’s saying that “Pablo” is Pablo Picasso, which would make sense I guess. I even saw a theory saying that Kanye’s previous three albums were based on the last three artistic periods of Picasso’s life. 808s was the Blue Period. MBDTF was the Rose Period. Yeezus was the Cubism period. I don’t know if I believe that, but it’s definitely an interesting theory.
Oh god… I can’t get the fucking stream to load. Oh shit, it’s working now. Alright cool. It hasn’t started yet. The stream is lagging a lot. Thank God there’s a pause button. I guess the last thing I should say is that So Help Me God > The Life Of Pablo > WAVES > SWISH. Also, the official cover art is fucking atrocious. I’m gonna have to lower the quality of this stream to get it to actually load… Alright. I think it’s about to start. Fuck. I don’t have the official production credits or the features. Maybe I should just wait until the album’s available. Nah. Fuck that. I’ll just update this article when I have the information. What the fuck? This bullshit ain’t loading. I can hear the crowd, but there’s no video. Oh shit it’s working now. I just had to put it on 240p. It hasn’t started yet. I’m pretty sure it was supposed to start 26 minutes ago. Maybe it’ll be thirty minutes late. Nope. It’s been 32 minutes now. Ah shit. Kim & North have just entered the building. Oh, all of the Kardashians are there. I expected way more applause than there actually was. Okay, Kanye just entered the building. He just hugged some white guy. Travis Scott just entered the building. Pusha T. I don’t know who that other guy is. Oh it’s Big Sean. Looks like they’re having trouble getting shit set up. OH SHIT IT’S STARTING. He’s speaking to the crowd with a mic. He sounds nervous. Okay. Here we go.
You know what? New plan; I’m streaming the album premier at Madison Square Garden right now (it’s dope so far), but I’m finna wait ’til I have the actual album downloaded, so that I can analyze the shit how I usually do. I think my reviews usually come out a little better when I’ve already heard what I’m talking about, so I’m gonna listen to it now, and then tell y’all what I think once I have the album downloaded. Aight? Aight.
Well, the stream ended a few hours ago… I don’t want to tell you guys what I think yet. I’m not sure when it’ll be available to download. All I could find was a shitty rip of the Tidal stream’s audio. It’s missing two tracks too. On top of that, MARTIN FUCKING SHKRELI offered Kanye 10 million dollars for the album. He’s tryin’ to do what he did with the Wu-Tang album. Why is this asshole still alive? Seriously, how is he not dead yet?
I really don’t know why he would want to do something like this. He doesn’t need to keep living. I guess I should just wait until the actual album comes out. FUCK man. Why couldn’t he just have released it normally? Alright. Fuck it.
Okay, it’s currently 9:30PM on February 12th, 2016. Earlier today, Kanye finally gave us an update. He extended the album from about ten tracks to seventeen tracks, and said that the album “will be out today.” He’s kinda running out of time tho…
He released 30 Hours as one of the G.O.O.D. Friday singles today. I’m still excited for this album, but I have to say this is probably the sloppiest album rollout I’ve ever seen. This album is a train wreck so far. I’m sure the actual music’s good, but the rollout process certainly didn’t instill any confidence in me. Yeah, the two G.O.O.D. Friday releases were really good, but other than that everything else was just a mess. He seemed like he had no idea what he was doing. He even fucked up with G.O.O.D. Fridays. He only did it for two weeks. Two weeks? Motherfucker is you serious? I mean, yeah he gave us 30 Hours today, but we’re supposed to be getting the full album today anyway. Not to mention all the BULLSHIT that’s been goin’ down on Twitter. It really seems like he’s just sayin’ a bunch of random ass shit for attention. First he had the dumb ass “beef” with Wiz Khalifa. I guess I’ll explain that while I’m waiting for the album. The third title for this album was WAVES. If y’all know anything about Max B, he popularized the term “wavy” when speaking about music. I guess it’s just a certain vibe that his music gives off. Anyway, at first I was on Kanye’s side. Wiz Khalifa was like “DON’T CALL YOUR ALBUM WAVES THAT’S MAX B’S THING YOU COPYCAT.” That’s not a direct quote, but that’s basically what his tweets sounded like to me. I was like “What the fuck? How the fuck you gon’ say waves belong to Max B? That’s a noun, motherfucker.” Kanye sent out a tweet that said some shit like “No disrespect to Max B,” which I kinda thought was bullshit. Not that I thought he was trying to be disrespectful or anything; I just don’t think he should have had to apologize or clear anything up. Waves is a fucking noun. It’s obvious that the title, WAVES, had nothing to do with Max B at all, and even if it did, what’s wrong with him being inspired by Max B? Anyway, it doesn’t matter anymore because that’s not the title. Wiz ended up tweeting something about KK a little while later. Anybody that knows anything about Wiz Khalifa knows that KK stands for his strain of weed, Khalifa Kush.
After that, Kanye went the fuck off on Wiz because he thought that KK stood for Kim Kardashian. He was saying some real shit at first, like when he said Wiz’s breakout single was corny as fuck, and that nobody actually buys any of his albums. He ended up going way too far tho. Kanye said that Wiz wouldn’t have a son if he didn’t make Amber Rose famous by dating her. He actually said “I OWN YOUR SON” to Wiz Khalifa. It was also kinda weird how in the middle of his Twitter rant he kinda took a break to compliment Wiz’s fashion choices. He quickly went back to saying fucked up shit about Amber Rose & Wiz’s son. One of the most unfortunate things about the whole rant was that it was all sparked by a stupid misunderstanding.
It all ended when Amber Rose tweeted some shit about Kanye liking it when she stuck her stank ass fingers up his booty hole.
Kanye responded by saying some dumb ass shit like “I stay away from that area all together.” Really, Kanye? So you don’t wipe your ass? He probably has one of them rich people toilets that shoots a stream of water directly up your booty hole. Anyway, I think it would’ve been best if Kanye just completely owned it, and was like “So what if I like having fingers around & inside my booty hole? Ain’t nothing wrong with that…” I think that would’ve been cool. He fucked up tho. He fucked up. That sentence could sum up the whole rollout of this album. “Kanye fucked up.” He also changed the title of the album four times. He changed the tracklist about four times too. He has two album covers that are absolutely terrible. And on top of all that, he didn’t release the album on time. It’s cool tho. I mean, it’s not cool at all, but fuck it. Ain’t shit I can really do about it. I don’t have the energy to keep complaining. I wouldn’t be surprised if the album doesn’t come out today.
Sigh It’s now 1:58 AM on February 13th. He ain’t released the album yet. 23 minutes ago, he finally gave us an update.
After I saw this… I… I gave him ANOTHER pass. I don’t know why. I guess it’s because he’s just tryna give us more music. He kinda threw Chance under the bus tho…
If Waves isn’t a dope ass song, then I’ll be slightly irritated. I can’t see myself getting too angry unless it’s really, really bad. This just goes to show how fucked up the rollout for this album is tho. It just gets worse and worse. He delayed the album twice. I mean, it wasn’t delayed by that much, but it’s still technically delayed. I just wish he would’ve told us how long he thinks it’ll be before the album is actually finished for real. He definitely shouldn’t have given us the February 11th release date since he clearly wasn’t ready. He should’ve just pulled a Beyoncé and dropped it outta nowhere. I’m just gonna go to sleep now, and hopefully by the time I wake up the album’s out. If it’s not, then I’ll update this article again and tell y’all what’s goin’ on. I don’t even know why I’m documenting all of this. The album’ll be out by the time y’all read this shit. I guess it’s just to prove how bad the rollout is. I don’t know…
It is now 6:31 PM on February 13th. The album has still not been released. I got up this morning at 3:53 AM and decided to check Twitter. According to Chance The Rapper, the album was finished.
If the fuckin’ shit was finished at 2:49 AM, then why the fuck isn’t it out 16 hours later? FUCK. How many times am I gonna have to update this article saying some shit like “The album STILL isn’t out yet?”
I swear to God if Waves isn’t one of the best tracks on the album, I will be… Well, I already told you guys… Anyway, Kanye is supposed to be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live tonight (people still watch that?), and a lot of people are saying that he’s waiting to release the album until after his performance just to build more anticipation. I really hope that’s true. We’ll see what happens…
Yeah… It definitely seems like he’s gonna release the album after the performance. Also… He just tweeted some shit about being 53 million dollars in personal debt. I’m not sure what that’s all about.
So… I guess that’s true. I guess. I don’t know. I feel like people should be talking about that, but everybody seemed to ignore it. Whatever. I really don’t give a fuck about Kanye West’s money. I just want that album in my iTunes…
Alright, I’m currently watching the live performance on SNL right now. I think this is High Lights. It’s featuring Young Thug. That shit that Kanye’s wearing actually looks pretty dope. Why wasn’t that at the fashion show? Was it? Did he design that shit? I don’t know who these other people on stage are. What the fuck is Young Thug wearing? That looks like an oversized raincoatI. Well, the performance just ended. That was cool. I mean, it definitely wasn’t the best performance I’ve ever seen. It was cool tho. They usually do more than one performance during SNL, so he might come back on a little later tonight. Okay, there was just a skit where some white guy “battled” Kanye. He performed I Miss The Old Kanye, which I think is an acapella verse on the album. It was a dope verse. I would’ve preferred an actual performance tho. I hope he does another song. I really just want the album tho. Uh oh…
Looks like they’re gonna do Ultra Light Beams! That should be dope. Definitely looking forward to that… As soon as this commercial break is over it’ll probably be on. Yup, it’s starting right now. Wow. That gospel chorus actually sounds really nice. Kanye’s singing sounded really flat tho. This lady is singing her fuckin’ ass off. I’m not sure who that is. Wow. She’s a really good singer. Chance The Rapper’s goin’ in now. Goddamn. Okay, that performance was dope af. I mean… Well, yeah. I’ll save my thoughts on the song for the actual review. You can probably tell what I think already tho. Whatever. If this fucking album doesn’t come out after this I will be so fucking disappointed. Oh shit he just said “ALBUM IN STORES RIGHT NOW. KANYEWEST.COM RIGHT NOW TIDAL RIGHT NOW. AAAAAHHHH.” FUCK YES. Okay, here we go!
Okay, I’m looking for it right now… It’s not on his website. I don’t see anything about it on Tidal’s Twitter account. It’s 1:00 AM on a Sunday morning right now… Fuck man. I’m gonna wait THIRTY more minutes. If it ain’t up by 1:30 I’m just gonna go to sleep and get it when I wake up. Hopefully my mama doesn’t drag me to church… I still think that the rollout of the album was kind of a disaster, but I have to admit that he’s done a great job of keeping himself in the news and on everybody’s minds. That shit had to have been planned tho. I’m 99% sure that all the delays were intentional. Okay, it’s not just me. Nobody else can find it either.
According to Rolling Stone, the album will be exclusive to Tidal & KanyeWest.com for a week. It’s not there tho… Fuuuck. Hahaha. I bet KanyeToThe is goin’ crazy right now. Well, at least Martin Shkreli got shut the fuck down. He raised his offer to 15 million today too. Hahaha. Fuckin’ hate that douchebag. KanyeToThe is goin’ crazy right now. This reminds me of when I did the To Pimp A Butterfly review. I definitely don’t think this album will be as good as that one tho. I mean, he already fucked up by putting Facts on the tracklist. At least he didn’t put FourFive Seconds on there. That song is fucking atrocious.
Everybody’s saying “Quote me for a link to the album” on KanyeToThe just like they did for Kendrick’s album. The site’s lagging like a motherfucker. Oh shit… It’s on Tidal now… Okay, here we go… For real this time.
Track 1: Ultra Light Beams Feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, The Dream & Kirk Franklin (Prod. Kanye West, Fonzworth Bentley, Swizz Beatz, Rick Rubin & randomblackdude)
Wow. I can’t believe this is finally happening… Alright. It’s starting now. Okay. This beat… Is dope af. The Dream’s vocals on this shit sounds fucking heavenly right now. Wow. This CDQ version sounds so much better than the Madison Square Garden stream. This is great. I love how mellow and somber this beat sounds. I definitely see what Kanye was saying when he called this a “Gospel album.” I don’t even usually like Gospel music, but this sounds so fucking good. I mentioned this chick Kelly Price when I was talking about the SNL performance. As I said before, she sang her fuckin’ ass off on this shit. Chance The Rapper’s goin’ in. Goddamn… He fucking killed this shit… You know, I still haven’t listened to Acid Rap yet. I should probably review that soon. Honestly, Chance fucking murdered this shit. He controlled this track. I’ve always liked his featured verses. I love his calm, Spoken Wordish delivery. It always sounds super poetic. I love this rhyme scheme that he used for this verse too. You don’t hear people rhyme like this very often. The endings of these lines are “Pangaea / Zambia / Pam / Gina / Anteater / Bam / Familia / Can’t see her.” He killed this shit. He really stole the show. I guess that’s because Kanye didn’t really have a standard verse. He sang a little bit at the beginning, but this is still pretty much a group effort. Damn. These horns at the end of his verse sound so good. The Dream was singing his ass off too. Kirk Franklin did a short Spoken Word outro. This is definitely a great way to open the album up. This is gonna be one of those tracks that shows up on lists of people’s favorite Kanye songs. I absolutely fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5
Track 2: Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1 Feat. Kid Cudi (Prod. Kanye West, Rick Rubin, Mike Dean & Metro Boomin’)
I’m so happy right now. This album is actually good so far. I mean, I’m only one track in, but that song was REALLY good. Fuck. Alright. I’m finna start this song now. This sample at the beginning is dope af. Wow. This beat reminds me of Graduation mixed with The College Dropout. Kid Cudi’s on the hook… Yo, Kid Cudi dropped one of the worst albums of all time last year. He actually sounds really good on this song tho… It’s nice to hear some decent shit from Cudi in 2016. Kanye’s singing with autotune right now. It sounds so fucking good. “Now if I fuck this model / And she just bleached her asshole / And I get bleach on my T-shirt / Ima feel like an asshole.” Oh… Well, that’s definitely not a good line, but for some reason it doesn’t really bother me that much. Maybe it’s because that’s what I’ve come to expect from Kanye these days. That doesn’t really make it okay tho. It’s soooo good sonically tho… This beat is dope af. This song just ended. Part 2’s about to start now. I feel like this song isn’t great objectively… I do subjective reviews tho, and I really enjoyed this personally. This is dope af to me. 5/5
Track 3: Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 2 Feat. Desiigner (Prod. Kanye West, Rick Rubin, Metro Boomin’ & Mike Dean)
Okay, this is obviously the second part of the previous song. He definitely could’ve put both of these on the same track. It sounds like they use the same sample. This is a more energetic, Trap inspired beat tho. Kanye did his thing on the first verse. It sounded like he was just barely on beat. This Desiigner guy is going in now. He sounds like he’s doing his best Future impression. His voice thankfully isn’t as bad. He’s definitely heavily influenced by Future tho. Lyrically, his verse wasn’t really anything special. I kinda enjoyed it tho. I mean, it had the same old lazy flow that Future usually uses, but it sounded really good over this beat. Also, his voice isn’t nearly as God awful as Future’s. That kinda helps. It would’ve been nice if the lyrics were actually good. They were incredibly basic. I love the outro on this song tho. Those electronic sounding vocals were kinda creepy, and the rest of the outro was really soulful too. I enjoyed the song. Desiigner definitely kinda brought this shit down, but it’s still a dope song to me. I fuck with this. Oh by the way, Kanye announced that Desiigner is now signed to GOOD Music during the Madison Square Garden album premier. I just thought I should mention that… 4/5
Track 4: Famous Feat. Rihanna & Swizz Beatz (Prod. Kanye West, Noah Goldstein, Havoc & Charlie Heat)
Oh God… Swizz Beatz… WHY? Are you fuckin’ shitting me? I mean, I knew he was involved with this album, but… WHY? Why wasn’t he just doing beats? His name is Swizz BEATZ, not Swizz Barz. Fuck. Maybe he’s just saying random shit in the background… I’m okay with Rihanna being here. She did a really good job with All Of The Lights. I’m finna start the song now. Holy motherfuck… This beat is fucking incredible. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” That’s the line that everybody was talking about on Twitter. I could talk about how it’s disrespectful and everything, but here’s the thing… I really don’t give a shit. It’s not really that interesting of a line to me. It might be because I don’t care about Taylor Swift at all. I think she makes boring, generic Pop music for white people. It’s not for me. Swizz Beatz is just saying random shit in the background. Yeah… That didn’t need to happen. He should just keep his mouth shut forever. Seriously, I have no fucking idea why people let him speak on their songs. I swear to fucking God if he spits a verse I will be fucking PISSED. This beat sounds dope when it transitions from the hook, but once you’re in the middle of the hook it gets kinda old. It just doesn’t stand out as much. It’s still dope tho. This Sister Nancy sample sounds really great. Holy FUCK, Swizz Beatz is so fucking annoying. Fuck, man. Rihanna did her thing on the hook. It didn’t blow me away tho. I enjoyed this song. It’s not amazing, but I fuck with it. It’s dope. 4/5
Track 5: Feedback (Prod. Kanye West, Charlie Heat, Plain Pat & Mike Dean)
This beat is fucking dope af. It kinda reminds me of the Send It Up beat, except it isn’t annoying as fuck. It’s like he knew the beat to Send It Up wasn’t working, so he went back and redid it over and over again until this came out. It’s great. This hook is catchy as hell. This would be a great single for this album. I can see this song being really popular with a mainstream audience. Lyrically, this song could definitely be better, but his flow is great, and the beat is fuckin’ awesome too. “I know, I know, I shouldn’t even bother / With all these gossiping, no-pussy-getting bloggers.” That’s a low blow, Yeezus. I definitely fuck with this song. It’s not gonna impress anybody with its lyrics, but it’s just so good sonically. This beat is fucking incredible. I definitely fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5
Track 6: Low Lights (Prod. Kanye West & DJ Dodger Stadium)
This is just an intro to the next song. It’s just some random lady preaching about religious shit. I don’t have shit to say about this. I’d never listen to it again. It’s not really a song tho.
Track 7: Highlights Feat. Young Thug (Prod. Kanye West, Velous, Mike Dean & Southside)
If you’ve read my review of The Barter VI, you probably think that I hate the fact that Young Thug is working with Kanye West. I’ve actually become kind of a Young Thug fan since doing that review tho. I mean, I agree that his music is fucking awful on average, but whenever he does drop a song that’s above average, I usually really love it. I play the few decent songs from The Barter VI more often that you would think… I think he has talent. Definitely not as a lyricist or anything like that, but I think he comes up with really dope melodies, and I actually really like his voice. That new Young Thug song that Kanye premiered at the MSG event was actually pretty dope to me. That line, “She suck on the dick on the plane and I just call her Airhead” is stupid as fuck, but it’s been stuck in my head ever since I heard it. Anyway, this song is about to start now. This is the first song that Kanye performed on SNL tonight. Well, I guess it was technically last night. I’m glad that Kanye separated that Low Lights intro from the actual song. I wouldn’t want to have to listen to that shit every time I wanted to hear this song. These electronic sounding vocals at the beginning of the track sound really good. It sounds like Rihanna to me. It sounds like she was involved. That’s probably just me tho. Kanye & Young Thug sound really good singing together right now. This beat is dope af. He’s going at Ray J with these first few lines of the first verse. “Yeah, he might have hit it first / Only problem is I’m rich.” Wow… That was actually a really weak diss. It wasn’t even really a diss. He was just making a random statement. “I’m rich.” WOW NEVER HEARD THAT ONE BEFORE IN A HIP HOP SONG. Seriously, that’s all you could come up with? Whatever, man. I really don’t care. People are going crazy over the Taylor Swift & Ray J “disses,” but I really don’t know why. They’re both pretty weak. I don’t give a fuck about Ray J or Taylor Swift, so that could be part of why I didn’t lose my mind over that shit. Kanye’s verse was fine I guess. His flow was dope, but it didn’t do much for me lyrically. The Dream did his thing on the outro. I fuck with this song. It’s not amazing, but I enjoyed it. 4/5
Track 8: Freestyle 4 Feat. Desiigner (Prod. Kanye West, Hudson Mohawke, Mike Dean & Noah Goldstein)
This beat sounds like some horror movie shit. Kanye’s screaming like a fucking maniac. This kinda reminds me of Yeezus. I actually like the beat tho. Kanye sounds like he’s high on PCP or something. Okay, maybe he’s just drunk. What… The fuck… I just listened to the whole song… I think he was supposed to sound like a drunk guy in this song. “What if we fuck right now? / What if we fucked right in the middle of this motherfuckin’ dinner table? / What if we just fucked at the Vogue party? / Would we be the life of the whole party? / Shut down the whole party… / Would everybody start fuckin’?” I mean, I kinda like the concept of this song, and the beat was kinda dope… But I don’t know if I would ever wanna hear this again. I can’t decide whether or not I like this. I feel like it’s a good idea on paper, but this track just isn’t really doing it for me. Desiigner sounded exactly like Future on that outro too. I’m convinced that that really was Future. Just kidding. It really did sound like him tho. I don’t know. I don’t think this track is horrible. I like the concept. The song itself just didn’t do much for me. It’s alright. 3/5
Track 9: I Love Kanye
This is that acapella freestyle I mentioned before. He performed this during a skit on SNL. I like the verse. He’s basically just making fun of all the criticisms he gets these days. “I miss the old Kanye.” It was cool. This isn’t really a song tho. I wouldn’t ever come back to it again, but I enjoyed it for what it is.
Track 10: Waves Feat. Chris Brown (Prod. Kanye West, Charlie Heat, Anthony Kilhoffer & Hudson Mohawke)
Okay… This is the infamous song that delayed this album for a full day. I kinda feel like the delay was planned, but still. I’m not much of a Chris Brown fan, but I think he can be entertaining from time to time. The song’s starting now. This beat is dope. This is probably gonna be a single. You can tell just from the production and the hook from Chris Brown. This is really Poppy. It’s not bad tho. Chris Brown did his thing. These background vocals are definitely from Kid Cudi. This is dope. Kanye didn’t really do much on this track, but I enjoyed it. It definitely doesn’t deserve to be the title track tho. He almost named the album after this one. Of all the dope songs on this album, this is probably my least favorite so far. I still think it’s dope tho. Just the least dope out of all the dope songs. Definitely doper than Freestyle 4 tho. I fuck with this. I probably won’t come back to it very often, but I still enjoyed it. It’s dope. 4/5
Track 11: FML Feat. The Weeknd (Prod. Kanye West, Mitus, Noah Goldstein & Metro Boomin’)
Fuck, man. I really wanna finish this whole album now, but it’s 4:59 AM right now, and I have a feeling that my mama’s gonna force me to go to church, so I should probably go to sleep. I’m relieved by how much I’m enjoying this album. That sloppy ass rollout had me real worried for a minute there. I’m gonna go to sleep, then probably go to church, then probably pass out when I get home, and then I’ll finish this up as soon as I can. Okay, I’m back. I just came back from church. The preacher went on a very homophobic rant today. Oh shit… HAHAHAHA. I just went on Martin Shkreli’s Twitter page.
So I guess his dumbass gave Kanye the money without actually making sure that Kanye agreed to the deal. HAHAHAHAHA.
HAHAHAHAHA. So some random motherfucker named Daquan just tricked Martin Shkreli into giving him 15 million dollars? Wow. Good for you Daquan.
This has to be a joke or something. This is too good to be true. This dumbass really wants people to donate to him so that he makes his 15 million dollars back? HAHAHAHAHAHA.
I just asked my older brother why Martin Shkreli isn’t in jail right now, and all he said was “You gotta suck a lotta dick to get to the top.” Not sure what to make of that… Anyway, I guess I should actually start talking about this song. Kanye’s singing right now. The beat is really minimal. It’s dope tho. I really like the melody of this track. The flow is really slow, so this first verse lasts like three hours long. I like it tho. The Weeknd. Yes. The Weeknd. He’s on the hook. Yes. Kanye’s rapping for real now on the second verse. It was a dope verse. This is definitely one of the standout tracks. This outro is really weird and creepy. I really like it tho. It’s a pitch shifted sample from a band called Section 25. I think it’s pitch shifted. It has to be. There’s no way they actually sound like that. It’s dope. I fuck with this. This song is dope af. 5/5
Track 12: Real Friends Feat. Ty$ (Prod. Kanye West, Boi-1da, Frank Dukes & Havoc)
This is one of the G.O.O.D. Friday songs that he released to promote this album. When I first heard this song is when I started to have hope in Kanye. He’s actually rapping well on this song. It’s not one of those songs that you would bring up as an example for when you’re talking about how big Kanye’s ego is. He’s a lot more introspective on this song than he’s been in a long ass time. I love how sad and faint this beat sounds. The song’s pretty much exactly about what the title implies. He talks about how friendship is a rarity for him ever since he’s gotten so famous. I’m not much of a Ty$ fan, but I think he’s alright. I mean, he’s definitely not bad, but he doesn’t interest me enough for me to want to listen to a full project from him. I think he’s a talented singer tho. He did a really good job on this song too. The hook is dope af. There’s really not anything negative I could say about this track. Kanye did a great job. Ty$ did too. The beat’s dope af. I really love the outro too. It transitions into the next track really well. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5
Track 13: Wolves Feat. Frank Ocean (Prod. Kanye West, Cashmere Cat, Sinjin Hawke, Mike Dean & Caroline Shaw)
I’m really excited for this song. It was first premiered during a Saturday Night Live performance in 2015. The original version featured Vic Mensa & Sia. I’m honestly glad that this new version only has Frank Ocean. First of all, it’s Frank Ocean, so I really shouldn’t even have to explain any further. I will tho… Where the fuck has Frank Ocean been? It’s dope that Kanye was able to get him for this song. I’m not really much of Vic Mensa fan, so I’m glad he was taken off for the final version. I think it would’ve been interesting to have Sia on this song, but I don’t really care about her being taken off. I’m gonna start this track now. This beat is fucking immaculate. This might just be my favorite beat on the whole album so far. The transition from Real Friends into this song is so dope. I really love this beat. Kanye’s singing the hook in autotune. It sounds great to me. God. I can’t get over how great this beat is. Those background vocals from Caroline Shaw are fucking angelic. The actual rap verse was cool too. That line about how he knows “it’s corny niggas you wish you could unswallow” definitely didn’t need to be repeated three times, but I still enjoyed the verse. Frank Ocean sings on the outro. It’s dope af. It was cool how Kanye mixed in a wolf howling into the beat. It sounds like he autotuned the wolf. Goddamn. Frank Ocean sounds so fucking good on this shit. Goddamn. I definitely fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5
Track 14: Silver Surfer Intermission
This is a phone call that Kanye got from Max B where he’s like “KANYE THANK YOU FOR USING THE TERM WAVES I DON’T TAKE IT AS DISRESPECT HOMIE IT’S ALL LOVE.” This track didn’t really need to be here, but I understand why he put it on the album. Honestly if you’re really that upset at Kanye for using the word “Waves,” then… Well. I don’t really have anything to say. That’s just stupid. Anyway, this isn’t gonna get a rating because it’s not a full song.
Track 15: 30 Hours (Prod. Kanye West, Karriem Riggins & Mike Dean)
This is another one of them G.O.O.D. Friday releases. It came out a day after the MSG event and a day before the album’s official release. I already heard it. It’s dope af. First of all, that beat is fuckin’ incredible. The sample that he used is fantastic. I love this beat. This first verse is dope. I love how Kanye is actually rapping about shit other than why he’s the greatest person in the universe. Apparently he skips leg day at the gym. That’s cool. I’m so glad that I know that. Now, if I ever get in a fight with Kanye, I know to take him out by his legs. This sample is so dope. I think he’s supposed to be rapping about his ex fiancée on this track. Alexis Phifer. It’s cool to hear him acknowledge her without being absurdly depressed. He’s talkin’ about how he used to drive 30 hours to see her. “I’m drivin’ with no winter tires in December / Skrrt skrrt skrrt like a private school for women / Then I get there and all the Popeye’s is finished, girl / You don’t love me, you just pretendin’.” Yes. This is so fuckin’ dope. I’m so glad he’s rhymin’ like this again. This song is so fuckin’ dope. Woah what the fuck… Andre 3000’s on the album version? Well, he’s not rapping or anything. He’s just singin’ “30 Hours,” but it’s still cool that he’s here. Kanye’s tryin’ to freestyle at the end here. Oh my God… If Kanye teased us with this freestyle, and then Andre started spittin’… I would bust a fuckin’ nut. Sorry. I know that’s inappropriate, but seriously. Can you imagine that shit? I NEED a remix with Andre on that shit. Anyway, this song is dope af. I definitely fuck with this shit. 5/5
Track 16: No More Parties In L.A. Feat. Kendrick Lamar (Prod. Kanye West & Madlib)
This was another one of the G.O.O.D. Friday releases. After I heard this shit, that’s when I started getting REALLY excited for this album. First of all, it was good enough that Kanye & Kendrick were doing a song together… But when I saw that MADLIB was on the fucking beat I KNEW this shit was about to be dope af. The hook is great. He uses the same Ghostface Killah sample that was used in New God Flow. Kendrick’s on the first verse. Do I really need to say anything about that? Y’all already know it’s dope af. This beat is incredible. I loved K. Dot’s verse. Kanye tho… Kanye just came through and caught everybody by surprise. If you had told me five months ago that Kanye would go the motherfuck off on a song with Kendrick AND have the better verse, I would’ve thought you were fuckin’ crazy. That’s right. Kanye West had a better verse than Kendrick Lamar in 2016. That doesn’t mean that Kendrick is falling off either. Kanye was really gettin’ busy on this shit. He controlled this song. I mean, he was fuckin’ goin’ off. Seriously. This verse made me so happy. When he said “I know some fans who thought I wouldn’t rap like this again, but the writer’s block is over / MCs cancel your plans,” I was like “OOOOOOOHHHHH.” So the reason Yeezus was so bad was because Kanye had… Writer’s Block? Really? I mean, I guess it makes sense, but… I don’t know. I’m just glad he’s back to spittin’ now. This song is fucking incredible to me. This is exactly what I would want from a Kanye, K. Dot, & Madlib collaboration. This is dope af. I definitely fuck with this. 5/5
Track 17: FACTS (Charlie Heat Version) [Prod. Kanye West, Southside, Metro Boomin’ & Charlie Heat]
I’m 99.12% sure that this is gonna be the wackest song on the album. This was the first G.O.O.D. Friday release for this album. It came out on January 1st. The original version was basically a reworked version of the beat from Jumpman by Drake & Future. He was jumping on TRENDS, and I FUCKING HATE trends. He was jacking the same flow that Drake used and everything. “Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, just jumped over Jumpman.” Yup. This motherfucker made a diss track… towards NIKE. Are you fuckin’ shitting me Kanye? For the last time… AIN’T NOBODY GIVIN’ A SHIT ABOUT YOUR DUMBASS BEEF WITH NIKE. Seriously, why the fuck would we care about that shit? I like this soul sample that starts the track out, but as soon as the beat switches up it goes downhill. I gotta admit tho… This new beat from Charlie Heat is dope af. That’s pretty much all I can say tho. I mean, the flow is derivative, and the lyrics… Well, I already told y’all. I don’t give a fuck about Nike. There’s a line where he says “Every time I talk they say I’m too aggressive / I was out here spazzin’, all y’all get the message?” and he screams his fucking ass off. I really don’t know what the fuck happened there. It sounds like he was terrified, but still really angry at the same time. Like, he was about to start yelling at somebody, but then something popped up and scared him. Lyrically, this is every problem we’ve had with Kanye in the past five years rolled up into a disgusting, ugly collection of “bars.” Damn. The beat switched up for the second verse. This beat is actually pretty dope. Everything else about this song is wack tho. I don’t fuck with this. This shit is wack. The original version is wack af. This new beat keeps it from being too bad. It’s still pretty bad tho. 2/5
Track 18: Fade Feat. Ty$ & Post Malone (Prod. Kanye West, Anthony Kilhoffer, Charlie Handsome & Mike Dean)
Oh. Okay, Post Malone doesn’t need to be here. I’m gonna assume that he doesn’t have much of a presence on here. Hopefully. White Iverson is one of the dumbest songs I’ve ever heard in my life. I mean, yeah I guess I can admit that it was pretty good sonically, but Post Malone is not a good writer. He doesn’t need to be writing for himself. I think he has an alright voice. The lyrics are just SOOOO bad tho… That’s that song tho. Maybe that was just a dud. I’m sure he at least TRIED to step it up for Kanye. It’s starting now. This beat sounds very familiar. I can’t quite put my finger on it. It’s dope tho. Kanye & Ty$ are singing now… I don’t know. I guess this isn’t too bad sonically, but… It’s just not that good. The lyrics might as well not even be there. They aren’t sayin’ anything interesting at all. This hook is underwhelming. The melody that they’re singing is very lackluster, and this sample is getting really old. Wow. The song just ended… What the fuck was that? That was nothing. This song is so… I mean, it’s not horrible, but… The beat was cool. That’s really all I can say about this. Honestly, I think I enjoyed the album version of FACTS more than this shit. The beat was cool, but everything else about this song was just… nothing. This song doesn’t go anywhere. It starts with an annoying sample, then the beat drops, then Kanye says like three words, then the song just fizzles out. Post Malone & Ty$ don’t need to be here. They did absolutely nothing. Everybody on this track sounds exactly the same because they were all using autotune. I’m not fuckin’ with this shit at all. This somehow feels even lazier than FACTS. This is wack af to me. 1/5
Track +1: Only One Feat. Paul McCartney (Prod. Kanye West, Paul McCartney & Mike Dean)
This song was released on December 31st in 2014. It’s pretty much ac Soul or R&B song. This song is dedicated to his mama & his daughter. This is on the level of Hey Mama. It’s so sad. It’s sung from the perspective of his mother. She’s singing to Kanye. Holy fuck. This is sad.
“I talked to God about you; he said he sent you an angel / And look at all that he gave you / You asked for one and you got two / You know I never left you.” I really don’t have much to say about this one. It’s not the type of shit that I would listen to regularly, but I still think it’s a great song. I’m not really sure why Paul McCartney is credited as a feature. He didn’t have a vocal presence at all. I think this song is incredibly well written, and Kanye did a great job singing it. It probably would’ve been better if he did it without any vocal effects because the autotune kinda sounds out of place, but other than that I think this is a great song. It’s just not for me. I still think people should listen to it. I may not ever come back to this, but I still think it’s dope af. The music video is exactly what it should be. I’m not sure how he could’ve done a better job with that. 5/5
Track +2: All Day Feat. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney (Prod. Kanye West, Velous, French Montana, Puff Daddy, Charlie Heat, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Plain Pat, Travis Scott, Allen Ritter & Mario Winans)
This song was released on March 2nd in 2015, after being performed at the 2015 BRIT Awards on February 26th. First of all, the beat is dope. I think it’s a really well produced song. I’m not blown away by it or anything. It’s good tho. My biggest problem with this song is definitely the overuse of the N word. He uses it forty five times in this song. I counted. Damn near every line ends with the N word. I guess the hook is kinda catchy. I’m not in love with it tho. I think Kanye’s flow is really dope on this first verse. I liked the first verse. It wasn’t amazing or anything. I enjoyed it tho. This bridge from Allan Kingdom is kinda weird. It’s not bad tho. I mean, it doesn’t really add much to the track for me at all, but it doesn’t really take anything away from it either. This hook definitely gets old pretty fast. It lasts way too long for me. The second verse was cool I guess. I definitely enjoyed Theophilus London’s contribution to this song more than I did Allan Kingdom’s. Theophilus London barely did anything on this track, so he didn’t really have a lot of room for error. That might have something to do with it. I actually kinda liked Paul McCartney’s part too. The outro is a little longwinded tho. The song’s pretty much over at 3:45, but it’s 5 minutes and 11 seconds long. I enjoyed the song. I just wasn’t blown away by it. It’s cool tho. I like it. It’s dope. 4/5
Track +3: Figure It Out Feat. French Montana & Nas (Prod. DJ Khalil & Rick Steel)
This is the fourth (fifth if you count FACTS) installment in the 2016 G.O.O.D. Fridays series for this album. It was released on February 19th. Kanye apparently has a shit load of music saved for this series, so I’m gonna update this page every time a new song comes out. This track is technically a French Montana song, but Kanye presented it as the G.O.O.D. Fridays song for this week, so I guess I’ll take what I can get. I don’t talk about French Montana a lot on this website, and the reason is because he’s literally my least favorite rapper. I think his music is fucking God awful. I’ve never heard a single French Montana song that I like. His music is so bad. I’d rather listen to Future than French Montana. I will NEVER listen to a French Montana project EVER. I mean… I might do it if I know there’s at least one song that I’ll like, but I doubt that’ll ever happen. If he releases an album, instead of asking me to review it, just assume that I think it’s dog shit because I probably will if I listen to it. Anyway, I already listened to this song, and it really isn’t good. I mean, I don’t think it’s awful, but it’s pretty underwhelming. The beat’s alright I guess. I mean, it’s cool. It’s not great tho. I usually expect more from DJ Khalil, and I’m assuming that it’d be better if Kanye helped. Kanye’s verse is pretty much nonexistent. He barely has a presence on this song. He raps like three bars, and then does a lazy, autotuned hook. I don’t think the hook is wack. It’s just not that good. It’s fine tho. French Montana’s verse is a lot better than I expected it to be. It’s still pretty bad tho. There aren’t any specific lines that I’d call shitty. It’s just barely decent. This is what I’d expect to hear if I want to my old elementary school and asked one of the fifth graders to spit a written verse to me. It’s just not good. It may be some of French Montana’s best work, but it still isn’t good. Nas had the best verse without question. There’s really no competition there. I mean, what do you expect? It’s Nas vs. French Montana. Of course he had the better verse. I’m not really including Kanye because he didn’t even really rap on here. He did nothing. Nas’ verse wasn’t even that good by his normal standards. It definitely wasn’t bad, but this is typical Nas shit. It’s nothing special for him. I think the song’s alright sonically, and Nas had a cool verse. Really, the only bad thing about this song is French Montana’s verse. Everything else is just decent or good. Nothing is great or outstanding. It’s fine. Even without French Montana’s verse this wouldn’t be that great of a song. I don’t think it’s bad tho. It’s just average to me. I doubt I’ll come back to this, but it’s okay. I guess. 3/5
EDIT: It is now March 26th, and we haven’t gotten a new G.O.O.D. Friday release ever since Figure It Out came out. I’m just gonna assume that the whole G.O.O.D. Friday thing is over now. He fucked that shit up. He already announced his next album, Turbographx 16, and it seems like it’s just gonna be a collection of leftover songs that he had from when he recorded this album. I’m really disappointed that he fucked the whole G.O.O.D. Friday thing up. He said that he had 40 new songs with Young Thug & 40 new songs with Kendrick Lamar. I guess we’ll just have to wait until Turbographx 16 comes out to hear any of that shit. Also, he’s been kinda editing this album after it’s release. It’s only available to stream on Tidal. If you listen to it now, everything will be the same, except for Wolves. He added Sia & Vic Mensa’s verses—I don’t like them—and made Frank Ocean’s outro it’s own track. It’s just called “Frank’s Track” now. I believe he also altered a line on Famous too. That’s pretty much it tho. I guess I’m looking forward to Turbographx 16. I’m not really sure if it’s just gonna be a bunch of leftover tracks or what, but I guess we’ll see soon since it’s supposed to come out this year.
Wow. I can’t believe that just happened. I also can’t believe how quickly I finished this review… It’s not even 6:00 PM yet. Well, anyway… The album’s dope. I think most Kanye fans will like this. If you were turned off by Yeezus you should definitely still give this album a chance. It’s just a dope ass album. He takes different elements from all of his previous albums, as well as the Gospel genre, and mixes it all together. You can definitely tell that every track after Wolves was tacked on after the album premier. I’m glad he put those songs on there even if they don’t really seem to fit tho. They really felt like bonus tracks. In fact, he even said during the outro of 30 Hours that it was a “bonus track.” I thought he was just referring to the little freestyle at the end tho. Anyway, I think it’s a dope album. The production is very good for the most part. I don’t even really like Gospel music—probably because I’m an atheist—but I think the Gospel inspired parts of this album sound really good. I mean, you guys would probably check this album out even if I said it was complete dog shit, so I guess I don’t really have to say much more. It’s just a good album. I don’t think it’s his best album ever like Pusha T said, but I definitely think it’s worth listening to. I think it’s worth buying. It’s dope. I fuck with this album. This is a dope album. The cover art is even starting to grow on me, and I’m not really sure why. I’m just a little confused about something tho… WHO THE FUCK IS PABLO?
UPDATE: Click HERE to read my review of Saint Pablo.
Favorite Song: Saint Pablo
Least Favorite Song: Fade
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