Kanye West has revealed the latest title for his new album – and this one might just stick, given that the album is set to receive its world premiere on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, before being released to the world.
On Wednesday night, West tweeted what he described as the “final track list for The Life of Pablo”. It comprises 10 tracks:
Ultra Light Beams
Father Stretch My Hands Pt 1 and Pt 2
The album has previously been called So Help Me God, Swish and Waves, the last of those titles provoking a Twitter beef with Wiz Khalifa. When the album was still called Swish, West had shared a proposed tracklist, from which only Father Stretch My Hands, High Lights, Fade, FML, Real Friends and Wolves remain. Removed from that tracklisting is “No More Parties in LA, the track featuring Kendrick Lamar that West released via Soundcloud in January.
One person, at least, was grateful for the change to the album tracklisting. Travis Scott tweeted in response to West his thanks for “putting feed back back on the album”, implying that he appears on the track.
The Pablo of the album’s title may be Pablo Picasso. On No More Parties in LA, West made what seemed to be a reference to the painter, rapping: “ “I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my shoes / I feel like Pablo when I see me on the news / I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my house.” soeaking at Oxford university in 2015, West compared himself to Picasso, saying: “My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater.”
Thursday night’s event is more than an album launch. It also doubles as the launch of West’s latest fashion range, Yeezy Season 3, and will feature a performance by the artist Vanessa Beeccroft. The event is being streamed live to cinemas around the world.