‘The Life of Pablo’ drops by Kanye West after years in the making. The Pablo album dropped during his Saturday Night Live performance, according to New York Daily News.
On Friday morning, West told his 18 million Twitter followers the album was being mastered and promised it would be out that day. He also posted a new and extended version of TLOP’s track list.
By Saturday, the album had yet to hit timelines and the blame seemed to fall on West’s collaborator and fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper, who tweeted, “I fought everyone to keep Waves on the album. I spent all night finishing it. The world is better because of it.” Kanye even shared a different version of his album cover art that read “Blame Chance.”
As The Life of Pablo drops, it marks West’s seventh studio album following 2013’s Yeezus. He began working on the album first known as So Help Me God in late 2013 with an intended 2014 release date. That early version of the album was never released and a number of songs were later given to other artists or released as one-off tracks including “God Level” (released as part of an Adidas World Cup promo), “Tell Your Friends” (given to the Weekend), “3500” (propert of Travis Scott), “All Day” and “Only One.”
As the material changed, the album title did too. Last May, West announced the album’s new name would be Swish and just last month it was titled Waves. Earlier this week, he announced it would be called The Life of Pablo.
On Thursday, West shared a 10-song version of the album at his Yeezy Season 3 event. It includes features by Chance the Rapper, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, the Weeknd, Travis Scott, Swizz Beatz, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price and others.
TLOP was released after West exited the SNL stage, where he performed “Ultra Light Beams” (with Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, The-Dream, Kelly Price and a gospel choir) and “High Lights,” with Young Thug, The-Dream, Price and El DeBarge.
In the end, Pablo wound up consisting of 18 tracks, with the entire self-proclaimed gossip album clocking in at a brief 58 minutes and two seconds. Previously released songs “Real Friends,” “Wolves” and “Fade” all made the cut, while some of the singles he released over the last two years, including “Only One,” “FourFiveSeconds” and “All Day” did not.
By the time the weekend fully kicked off, Pablo still wasn’t available, and West went on an epic 20-tweet long rant that started and ended by blaming Chance the Rapper for the delay.
In between slamming Chance, West called out a gossip site for dissing the Yeezy Season 3 collection while praising Caitlyn Jenner’s support for him and Rihanna’s NYFW debut with Puma.
After The Life of Pablo dropped, West had changed his tune about Chance, thanking him with a similar meme — mocked up, like the other two, to resemble the Pablo cover — once the album was finally available.