Following Kanye’s Twitter feed lately has been like treading through a minefield. From incessantly changing his album title, to blasting PUMA for offering Kylie a meager $1 mill deal, to oddly defending or questioning Bill Cosby’s innocence, Yeezy’s recent antics are really starting to hit a nerve for both fans and foes. But here we are, moments before the grand unveiling of YEEZY Season 3 and Kanye’s seventh LP, and it appears that the rapper has finally chosen an album title – though we’ll be wary until the show actually happens.
After asking fans to decode the cryptic new album title – T.L.O.P. – the other day, ‘Ye announced that the record stands for The Life of Pablo. Oh, and he also tweeted the album’s final tracklist on a brand new scrawling (his last one was getting a bit messy).
But we can’t help but ask ourselves, who the hell is Pablo? Could be anyone really: Pablo Escobar, Pablo Neruda, Petey Pablo. Personally, though, we think that the identity of the titular character belongs to Pablo Picasso. Hear us out.
Last year, during his Oxford University lecture, the ever modest ‘Ye compared his artistry to that of the storied Spanish painter, saying “My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become [Pablo] Picasso or greater.” If the success and popularity of his recent fashion ventures, along with his critically acclaimed music projects are anything to go by, then we’d say that Kanye has done a fine job in sticking to this goal.
A few days ago, USA Today ran an article singing Kanye’s praises, asking if he’s “the greatest artist of the 21st century.” West took notice of the post and retweeted it moments after it was published.
Out of curiosity, we googled “greatest artist of the 20th century,” and who do you know pops up first? Pablo Picasso.
Also, and this is digging mud deep in the theory, but if you listen carefully to Kanye’s track “All Day,” you’ll notice that Paul McCartney’s guitar interlude includes a snippet from the former Beatle’s song, “Two-Finger Chord & Whistle,” which he wrote after viewing a print of Picasso’s The Old Guitarist.
While we’re placing our bets on Picasso, this shouldn’t rule out other Pablo contenders. In “No More Parties in LA,” Kanye mentions a Pablo three times: “I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my shoes. I feel like Pablo when I see me on the news. I feel like Pablo when I’m workin’ on my house. Tell ’em party’s in here, we don’t need to go out.”
This could be referring to the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar, who constructed his very own “prison” when he served a five-year sentence that included lavish amenities such as a soccer field, a bar and a waterfall. Kanye and Kim’s Bel Air Mansion underwent similar renovations recently, adding on a cinema, salon and basketball court to their $20 million humble abode. With those facilities, there really isn’t a need to go out. (“No More Parties in LA.” Get it?)
So, which Pablo is Kanye referring to? Vote below and let us know your thoughts.