Why Kanye West’s ‘The Life of Pablo’ Is the Most Confusing Album Title Ever
The Life of Pablo is a beautiful musical mess, but the rollout is all mess, no beauty. Kanye West has said he will "never never never" put it on iTunes, delayed the retail release, added songs and taken off parts of others. Most confusing of all, however, is that he hasn't communicated just who the "Pablo" in his album title is.
When he first announced the album title a week ago (Feb. 17), many believed "Pablo" referred to Picasso, since he uses the name to refer to himself as an artist on "No More Parties In L.A." - "I feel like Pablo when I'm workin' on my shoes." Others thought it might be a reference to Pablo Escobar, given how popular the drug lord has become in recent times thanks to Narcos.
But then, this past Saturday, Kanye seemed to infer that the album title was actually referring to Paul the Apostle. "Paul ... The most powerful messenger of the first century…," West tweeted Saturday. "Now we stand here 20 centuries later... Because he was a traveler…" He went on to draw parallels between Paul and himself: "He was a learned man not of the original sect so he was able to take the message to the rest of the world…He was saved from persecution due to his Roman citizenship…I have the right to speak my voice...Please forgive the profanity and give hugs and blessings to my brother Kirk for standing by me…" Why he chose to translate Paul into Spanish ("Pablo") hasn't been explained.
Now, audio has surfaced of Kanye blowing up backstage at SNL minutes before his performance. His outbursts don't sound coherent, as he can be heard yelling, “By 50 percent! Stanley Kubrick, apostle Paul, Picasso… fucking Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent more influential than any other human being."
So it's all three? Picasso, Escobar, and the apostle? We don't need any more Kanye tweets, but if he wants to clarify who his album title is referring to, we're game.
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