A LOT of people have been asking me to update my review of The Life Of Pablo to reflect the changes that Kanye’s made since its release, but that page has so many words on it that it’s damn near impossible for me to edit it. Seriously, every time I need to change something it lags so much that I can barely add a single character. Since this is the first time that he’s added a full song to the album, I decided to just go ahead and do a separate song review. To see my original review of The Life Of Pablo, click HERE. Anyway, this song features Sampha, and is produced by Kanye West, Allen Ritter & Mike Dean. It originally leaked on March 31st this year, but the final version wasn’t officially added to The Life Of Pablo until June 15th. Alright, lemme get into my actual thoughts on the song. The beat is pretty good. I’m not really blown away by it. It’s definitely not bad tho. I like it. The first verse was dope. I don’t think it’s amazing, but it’s better than most of the shit that he actually said on the album. He was mostly just talking about how the media portrays him as a lunatic. He also rapped a little bit about the $53 million debt he was in. The reference to We Don’t Care was cool, but his singing was really off key. It sounded like his voice was three octaves too high. That’s obviously a nitpick. It actually bothers me way more than it should tho. This hook from Sampha is incredible. I’m not very familiar with his work, but I love what he did on this song. He sounds amazing to me. He really elevated this shit to the next level for me. The line in the second verse where Kanye says “400 years later we buyin’ our own chains” is dope af too. I enjoyed the second verse more than the first one. It was very dope. I’m still not blown away, but again, it was much better than the majority of the shit he said on the actual album. There’s one part in the second verse where he repeats the line “I am one with the people.” Something about that line just didn’t sound right to me. It wasn’t that he was off beat or anything… The way the instrumental faded out just made it seem like he was gonna say something really dope, so when he just repeated the same line, I was really underwhelmed. This is just another nitpick tho. I love the electronic influences that come in before the bridge from Sampha. The synths that are used sound like they have kind of an 80s aesthetic. The bridge from Sampha is awesome. He thankfully has a verse at the end too. He fucking killed it. I love his work on this song. I honestly wouldn’t even like this song that much if he wasn’t here. I wish his verse was even longer than it already is because he fucking killed this shit. He sounds great on this shit. So yeah. That’s pretty much all I have to say. The verses from Kanye were pretty good, and Sampha fuckin’ killed this shit. The only other song I’d ever heard him on before this song came out was The Motion by Drake. I love that song—yes, I like a Drake song—but he didn’t really contribute much to that song aside from some background vocals and a short, undercooked bridge. He really shined on this track tho. He should collaborate with more Hip Hop artists. Anyway, this song is dope af. Again, I don’t think I’d like it as much if it didn’t have that feature from Sampha, but Kanye wasn’t bad on here at all. This song is honestly better than anything that was originally on The Life Of Pablo in my opinion. I fuck with it. It’s dope af. 5/5
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I tried to like it, maybe I’m just set in my ways just not digging this dude’s music anymore…. it’s like he can’t decide if he wants to be a rapper or some kinda faux Techno/New Wave/Avant Garde typa shit…..