The Life Of Pablo has once again been updated. Kanye West, who just recently announced a massive live tour starting up in August, has added a song to his already illustrious album. The track titled “Saint Pablo” featuring Sampha is now available on Tidal and Apple Music streaming services.
Many Kanye fans have already heard the song, after it was subsequently released and taken down from Apple Music in April. There have been numerous rips and leaks of the track floating around the Internet. Now, Yeezy fans everywhere can rejoice because it looks like Kanye has decided to make it a permanent fixture on his album. This puts away the rumors that the song was meant to go on the supposedly new album that Kanye is currently working on now titled TurboGrafx ’16.
It makes sense he would want to release the official version of this song now after he decided to name his recently announced tour the “Saint Pablo Tour.” When he first premiered the track, he made a point of saying he wrote the song after admitting to his greatest shame: his personal debt.
I wrote Saint Pablo after admitting to my greatest shame my personal debt. But I’m not ashamed anymore.
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016
The addition to his album, five months after its initial release, also reinforces the idea that Kanye can still go in and tweak his album however he wants, whenever he wants. This shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise, considering he once tweeted that The Life Of Pablo was “a living breathing changing creative expression” after going back and updating the track “Wolves.”
Fixing Wolves 2day… Worked on it for 3 weeks. Life Of Pablo is a living breathing changing creative expression. #contemporaryart
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 15, 2016
As for the song, it is easily Kanye’s strongest effort lyrically on the album. With intense production from Mike Dean, “Saint Pablo” is a track with classic Kanye one liners: like comparing himself to Einstein and referencing old tracks back from his College Dropout days.
“The ultimate Gemini has survived, I wasn’t supposed to make it past 25.”
Sampha provides the hook for the song, flashing talented soft vocals that show why he is an underground legend, of sorts, within the hip-hop community. Mainly known for his work with SBTRKT, Drake, Solange Knowles, and now of course Kanye, he gives the song an elegant electric feel that contrasts beautifully with the stark, aggressive, steam punk sound that comes from Dean’s influence on the production. With introspective lyrics from Ye, this track continues to prove the brilliance of Kanye’s musical talents and now ends his album on the perfect note.
Listen to the track here: