Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ Album By the Numbers
David Bowie's "Ch-ch-changes" lyrics comes to mind when thinking of Kanye West's The Life of Pablo album. Considering Yeezy cited the late rocker as one of his most important inspirations, it's certainly a fit. The rapper changed his album title three times -- So Help Me God, Swish and Waves -- before the LP dropped, revised his tracklist more than once and even altered the release date. The commercial debut of the album is still on the horizon, but 'Ye stans everywhere have found a way (through Tidal streaming or illegally) to hear the project in its entirety.
With seven solo albums in the bag, the Chicago MC's The Life of Pablo has had the most unique rollout yet. Kanye combined the listening session for the effort with the premiere of his Yeezy Season 3 collection for a music and fashion experience like no other at Madison Square Garden in New York. Fans were teased with tracks like the Chance the Rapper-assisted "Ultralight Beam" and the Young Thug-supported "Highlights" before witnessing Yeezy bring both to the SNL stage shortly after.
But there's nothing like the real thing when it comes to hearing the songs from start to finish on an album. After sitting with the project, XXL is here to break it all down by the numbers. We've compiled some of the backend data on T.L.O.P. to showcase what really lies beneath the cover. From the amount of words he raps to the people he name-drops, it's apparent it's a numbers game for Yeezy. Check out Kanye's The Life of Pablo album by the numbers in the gallery above.