After years of waiting (and a day that felt like it could have been years more), Kanye West has released his highly anticipated new album, The Life of Pablo.
On Friday morning, West told his 18 million Twitter followers the album was being mastered and promised it would be out that day. He also posted a new and extended version of TLOP‘s track list. By Saturday, the album had yet to hit timelines and the blame seemed to fall on West’s collaborator and fellow Chicagoan Chance the Rapper, who tweeted, “I fought everyone to keep Waves on the album. I spent all night finishing it. The world is better because of it.” ‘Ye even shared a different version of his album cover art that read “Blame Chance.”
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 13, 2016
The Life of Pablo marks West’s seventh studio album following 2013’s Yeezus. He began working on the album first known as So Help Me God in late 2013 with an intended 2014 release date. That early version of the album was never released and a number of songs were later given to other artists or released as one-off tracks including “God Level” (released as part of an Adidas World Cup promo), “Tell Your Friends” (given to the Weeknd), “3500” (propert of Travis Scott), “All Day” and “Only One.”
As the material changed, the album title did too. Last May, West announced the album’s new name would be Swish and just last month it was titled Waves. Earlier this week, he announced it would be called The Life of Pablo.
On Thursday, West shared a 10-song version of the album at his Yeezy Season 3 event. It includes features by Chance the Rapper, Future, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Rihanna, the Weeknd, Travis Scott, Swizz Beatz, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price and others.
TLOP was released after West exited the SNL stage, where he performed “Ultra Light Beams” (with Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, The-Dream, Kelly Price and a gospel choir) and “High Lights,” with Young Thug, The-Dream, Price and El DeBarge.