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Kanye Fixed “Wolves” But He’s Driving Me Crazy


Twice already this week, Kanye has made edits to the cannonical edition of The Life of Pablo album that is streaming via TIDAL. First, he made some very minor changes to the song “Famous” that included a barely noticeable lyric alteration and a small change to some Rihanna vocals. Yesterday, he fulfilled his promise to “fix Wolves” by reinstating a take on the OG version with Vic Mensa and Sia, and splitting off the Frank Ocean verse from the newer version of the song into it’s own separate track called “Frank’s Song.”

The fact that Ye is striving to give fans the best possible version of the album should be a good thing, right? There’s no denying that the Vic and Sia version of “Wolves” is the superior version. Yet, these incremental changes he’s making are driving me absolutely nuts. This might not be rational on my part, and I could very well be the only person who feels this way. I think it’s the OCD completist in me that just wants this album to be finished already so I can enjoy it without wondering if my favorite version of a song is going to go away forever.

It doesn’t help that the album is only available via TIDAL, a service that I do not subscribe to. It wouldn’t be a huge deal if the album was available through all of the major streaming services and Ye was updating the streams globally. At least then I could be confident that the version I have at any given time is the “final.” But even then, I’d be hunting down rips of the OG versions of tracks because that’s the particular sort of Rap nerd that I am.

Is this a stupid opinion to have? Is Kanye changing the game by perfecting an already released album over time? Am I a hypocrite because I’m a blogger who sometimes publishes posts only to later make small edits after the fact? Quite possibly yes to all of those. The reality is, if you take that Ye tweet above at face value, this album might never be “done” in the commonly understood sense of the word.

And whatever, if that’s the case, I’ll deal with it. I just feel like this wasn’t necessarily his plan going in, and it’s more a result of the fact that he rushed the album out to coincide with the big Yeezy SZN 3 debut at MSG that was already locked in. I probably would’ve been far more receptive to this concept if he would’ve said from jump that the album would be constantly evolving over time. But I guess that’s more of a “me” problem at this point.

In any event, head over to TIDAL to stream whatever version of The Life of Pablo is available at this moment.

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One Response to “Kanye Fixed “Wolves” But He’s Driving Me Crazy”

  1. FAYBAN Says:

    I’ll save you the trouble – aside from “Real Friends” and “No More Parties in LA,” this album is garbage.

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