About a month ago, Kanye West “released” his seventh and most recent album, The Life of Pablo. I put the quotes around released because it still isn’t available to listen to unless you sign up for Tidal, the newest music streaming app owned by Jay Z, that costs a hefty $25 per month. Even following the album’s release on Tidal, West clarified that he was still working on final mixes of several of the album’s tracks and depicted the work as a “a living breathing changing creative expression.” Just in the past couple days He updated the track Wolves, and added a new track titled, Frank’s Track. This album process has been a controversial one. Kanye tweeted about how his sixth album, Yeezus, was the last album of his to be released in CD form.
If that didn’t stir up enough controversy, another tweet definitely did:
This decision of his to not put his album on Apple Music could cause him more repercussions. Right before releasing his album, West tweeted that he is in $53 million dollars of personal debt. Only a few days after the release on Tidal, the album had been illegally downloaded over 500,000 times. Which does not help his personal debt whatsoever. but according to Forbes, himself and his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, are worth combined $230 million dollars. So I think that they can swing the extra cash for his “personal debt”
This album is currently one of my favorites, but I’m not a fan of the way he is approaching the “release.” I would love to hear other peoples thoughts on his album, and his aprroach to it.