Even though he rolled out his seventh studio effort The Life of Pablo last month, Kanye West has still been reworking parts of the LP, only available on Tidal. (Update: it’s now on Spotify, Apple Music and being sold for $20 on his official site.)
Earlier this month, ‘Ye tweeted, “excited to see my family and finish the final mixes of the Life of Pablo and keep working on Turbo Grafx 16 and Season 4 ….”
While there’s additional audio tinkering heard on “Waves,” “FML,” “Feedback” and “Fade” from a production standpoint, here are the more upfront changes West has finessed for the newly released version of Pablo.
Chance The Rapper tacks on another line into his stellar verse, by rap-singing, “No one can judge” just before launching into “They don’t know, they don’t know.”
“Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1”
West packs additional vocal layering from a female songstress for the hook after his first verse, which can be heard at the 1:41 mark when a harmony sings out “I want to wake up with you in my beautiful morning.”
During the earlier tweaks West made to Pablo, a Reddit user pointed out that the Swizz Beatz-produced cut “Famous” contained additional vocal layering for Rihanna‘s hook, a cover of Nina Simone‘s “Do What You Gotta Do.” In the newly released version, the track (formerly titled “Nina Chop,” per his previously shared, handwritten tracklists) finds Nina’s vocals under the Sister Nancy “Bam Bam” sample. A line from the second verse — “she be Puerto Rican day parade wavin'” — was flipped to “She in school to be a real estate agent.”
The hauntingly beautiful cut first made its debut during Kanye’s Yeezy Season 1 show last September. The reworked version now has more prominent contributions from Roc Nation rhymer Vic Mensa and gritty singer Sia.
At his Madison Square Garden listening party for TLOP/ Yeezy Season 3 show last month, vocalist-in-hiding Frank Ocean emerged at the end of “Wolves.” West also repeats the lines: “(What if Mary) “What if Mary/ (Was in the club) was in the club/ ‘Fore she met Joseph with no love?/ Cover Saint in lambs’ wool/ (And she was) We surrounded by/ (Surrounded by) the fuckin’ wolves.”
“Fixing Wolves 2day… Worked on it for 3 weeks,” West had tweeted Tuesday (March 15) before the updated TLOP LP surfaced on Tidal. “Life Of Pablo is a living breathing changing creative expression.#contemporaryart”
Ocean landed his own real estate on Pablo with the self-explanatory title “Frank’s Track,” a 38-second standalone version of the previously mentioned “Wolves” outro from the Channel Orange singer.
This list will be updated with any additional changes to Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo.