Japanese Producer Makes His Own 'The Life of Pablo' -- Without Hearing Kanye West's Original

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Kanye West arrives at Dries Van Noten fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 4, 2015 in Paris, France.

Japanese producer TOYOMU created an entire album called Imagining “The Life of Pablo” based on what he thought Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo sounded like -- without ever listening to the actual record. 

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While TLOP has been streamable Stateside since February through Tidal, that platform is not yet available in the East Asian market. As TOYOMU states on his Bandcamp page, “decided to make this album for the reason of #NoTIDALinJapan.”

TOYOMU’s Imagining “The Life of Pablo” is an interesting experiment -- the Kyoto-based producer uses the samples sourced from WhoSampled and the lyrics given on Genius for a very creative interpretation of TLOP. The concept behind Imagining “The Life of Pablo” is also an intriguing commentary on the reach of subscription-based music services. TOYOMU told Pigeons & Planes, “Subscription services in Japan are too slow, most people are still using iTunes and buying CDs. I thought it might be a good idea to make the whole album without listening to it, [but] maybe it’s reverse thinking.”

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Listen to TOYOMU’s Imagining “The Life of Pablo” below.