Today in Hip-Hop: Kanye West Drops ‘The Life of Pablo’ Album
On this day, Feb. 14, in hip-hop history...
Leading up to the album, it was clear that Kanye West was at a creative crossroads. Before the highly-anticipated release, 'Ye went on Twitter rants, changed the album title multiple times and let off a bunch of promotional singles ("Facts," "Real Friends," "No More Parties in LA" and "30 Hours") to get fans excited for Yeezy Season for the first time in years. While he was unveiling his latest Yeezy Season 3 at NYFW 2016, Kanye previewed his new album for thousands of fashion and music insiders as well as some lucky fans.
After technical delays, Kanye finally dropped the LP at midnight on Feb. 14, after performing on Saturday Night Live. Collabs on the album include Rihanna, Desiigner, Kid Cudi, Chance The Rapper and more, and gave way to bangers like "Waves" "FML" and "Fade."
Though some critics thought the album was too long and disorganized, Yeezy fans loved the work regardless and the mass appeal was undeniable. TLOP ended up on many of the year's best-of lists. Kanye would continue to make technical changes to the album up until June 2016.
See how TLOP stacks up against the rest of Kanye's discography in XXL's official ranking below.
Every Kanye West Album Ranked