Hours before The Life of Pablo hits streaming surfaces worldwide, a track from Kanye West’s next album, Turbo Grafx 16, has surfaced online. Kanye first premiered “Saint Pablo”, fka “Closest Thing to Einstein”, during a DJ set in Los Angeles last month. Tonight, the studio version, which features vocals from Sampha, hit the web.
“Saint Pablo” addresses recent events, including his backstage meltdown at SNL and Twitter feuds with Wiz Khalifa and Bob Ezrin. As you might expect, Kanye embraces the drama head on, rapping, “The media said it was outlandish spendin’/ The media said he’s way out of control,” adding, “I just feel like I’m the only one pretendin’/ I’m not out of control, I’m just not in their control/ I know I’m the most influential/ That TIME cover was just confirmation/ This generation’s closest thing to Einstein/ So don’t worry about me, I’m fine.”
While Kanye works on Turbo Grafx 16, he’s also still tinkering with The Life of Pablo. Yesterday, an updated version of Pablo hit TIDAL, featuring alterations to 12 of the album’s 19 tracks. And according to the New York Times, he’ll be making additional updates in the months to come, with a representative at Def Jam describing Pablo as a “continuous process.”
The latest version of Pablo will be released on all major streaming services by midnight Friday, the New York Times confirms.
Oh, and did I mention in addition to The Life of Pablo and Turbo Grafx 16, a third album is reportedly on the way before year’s end.