After a lengthy gestation period, heaps of anticipation, and a fashion-show-slash-listening-party-slash-dance-party at Madison Square Garden, The Life of Pablo, Kanye West’s eighth studio album, is now available for listeners. The set, including additional tracks as the rapper announced Friday on Twitter, will be streaming exclusively on Tidal for the next seven days. It will also be available as a download from West’s website.
The rapper announced the album’s release during the end of his performance on Saturday Night Live, where he instructed watchers to head to his website and Tidal right then. He made the declaration at around 12:50 a.m. ET; the album didn’t actually end up arriving on Tidal until about 1:37 a.m. His wife, Kim Kardashian West, attributed the delay to West’s official website crashing in a tweet she posted shortly before its arrival.
Pablo includes features from Chance the Rapper — on the album opener and first-listen standout “Ultra Light Beams” — Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Kirk “Stomp” Franklin, Kid Cudi, Ty Dolla $ign, Young Thug, and the Weeknd. The bonus tracks include “No More Parties in L.A.,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, which was noticeably absent at the Thursday listening session despite having been released last month. The album also includes “Waves,” a song that West said would be added to the album early Saturday morning.
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The set caused controversy Thursday afternoon after attendees got a taste of “Famous” and its now infamous lyric, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Through her rep, Swift responded to requests for comments saying that she was unaware of the specific lyric and that she warned West about dropping a song with such a “strong misongynistic message.” According to Swift, West wanted her to release the song via her Twitter. However, West maintains his innocence, claiming that he “did not diss” her, and that she had his blessing to include the lyric.
You can stream The Life of Pablo here; stay tuned to EW for first-listen highlights and for a complete review of the long-awaited record.