First we heard it in Madison Square Garden. Then we played the Tidal livestream video over and over. And finally, in the wee hours of Valentine's Day, we got Kanye West's The Life of Pablo. It's still (and apparently forever?!) only available on Tidal, in streaming form, but that hasn't stopped us from listening on repeat for days. While TLOP isn't Yeezy's most exceptionally lyrical work, it's got enough thought-provoking, LOL-inducing, jaw-dropping bars to balance out the omnivorous, adventurous, outstanding production.
Without further ado, the 35 best lyrics on The Life of Pablo, all delivered by Kanye West unless stated otherwise. (Also: not ranked.) For more, read Fuse's Complete Guide to TLOP, which includes the album's entire history, info on its collaborators and a bunch of the music.
1. From "Feedback":
I can’t let these people play me
Name one genius that ain't crazy
2. From "No More Parties in LA":
When did I become A-list?
I wasn't even on a list
3. From "I Love Kanye":
I miss the old Kanye, straight from the go Kanye
Chop up the soul Kanye, set on his goals Kanye
I hate the new Kanye, the bad mood Kanye
The always-rude Kanye, spaz in the news Kanye
I miss the sweet Kanye, chop up the beats Kanye
I gotta say, at that time, I'd like to meet Kanye
4. From "Facts (Charlie Heat Version)":
Yeezy, Yeezy, Yeezy, I feel so accomplished
I done talked a lot of shit but I just did the numbers
5. From "Ultralight Beam":
We on a ultra light beam, we on a ultra light beam
This is a god dream, this is a god dream
This is everything
6. From "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1":
Everybody gon say something
I'd be worried if they said nothing
7. Ty Dolla $ign on "Real Friends":
Couldn't tell you much about the fam though
I just showed up for the yams though
8. Kirk Franklin on "Ultralight Beam":
Father, this prayer's for everyone that feels they’re not good enough
This prayer’s for everybody that feel that they’re too messed up
For everyone that feels they've said "I'm sorry" too many times
You can never go too far where you can't come back home again
9. From "Feedback":
Hands up, we just doin what the cops taught us
Hands up, hands up, then the cops shot us
10. From "No More Parties in LA":
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
11. From "Wolves":
Cover Nori in lambswool
We surrounded by the fuckin wolves
12. From "Real Friends":
When was the last time I remembered a birthday?
When was the last time I wasn't in a hurry?
14. The Weeknd on "FML":
And even though I always fuck my life up
Only I can mention me
15. Chance the Rapper on "Ultralight Beam":
You can feel the lyrics and spirit coming in Braille
Tubman of the underground, come and follow the trail
I made "Sunday Candy," I’m never going to hell
I met Kanye West, I’m never going to fail
16. From "Real Friends":
I'm always blamin you, but what's sad, you not the problem
17. From "No More Parties in LA":
A 38-year-old 8-year-old with rich n---a problems
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18. From "Feedback":
I been outta my mind a long time
I been outta my mind a long time
19. From "Highlights":
I'mma bust the coach's head open on some Diddy shit
If he ever talk to my son like a idiot
20. From "FML":
You ain’t never seen nothin crazier than
This n---a when he off his Lexapro
'member that last time in Mexico?
'member that last time, the episode?
Askin me why the hell I text in code
Four times that you say, "Don't text me ho"
21. From "No More Parties in LA":
My psychiatrist got kids that I inspired
First song they played for me was bout they friend that just died
22. From "Real Friends":
I'm a deadbeat cousin, I hate family reunions
Fucked the church up by drinkin at the communion
Spillin free wine, now my tux is ruined
In town for a day, what the fuck we doin?
23. Kendrick Lamar on "No More Parties in LA":
Make me say "Nam-myoho-renge-kyo"
Make a n---a say big words and act lyrical
Make me get spiritual
Make me believe in miracles, Buddhist monks and Cap'n Crunch cereal
24. Chance the Rapper on "Ultralight Beam":
Tryna snap photos of familia
My daughter look just like Sia, you can’t see her
25. From "I Love Kanye":
What if Kanye made a song about Kanye
Called "I Miss the Old Kanye"? Man that'd so Kanye
26. From "No More Parties in LA":
Every agent I know, know I hate agents
I'm too black, I'm too vocal, I'm too flagrant
27. From "Real Friends":
I hate when a n---a text you like, "What's up, fam, hope you good"
You say, "I'm good, I'm great," the next text they ask you for somethin
28. From "Feedback":
Ayyy, ya heard about the good news?
Y'all sleepin on me, huh?
Had a good snooze?
Wake up, n---a, wake up
We bout to get this paper
29. Kendrick Lamar on "No More Parties in LA":
She said, "K. Lamar, you kinda dumb to be a poet"
30. From "Real Friends":
How many of us? How many of us are real friends
To real friends, to the real end
Till the wheels fall off, till the wheels don't spin?
31. From "Feedback":
PETA mad cause I made a jacket outta possum
Awesome, Steve Jobs mixed with Steve Austin
Rich slave in the fabric store picking cotton
If Hov J then every Jordan need a Rodman
32. From "Famous":
I just copped a jet to fly over personal debt
33. From "Real Friends":
I had a cousin that stole my laptop that I was fuckin bitches on
Paid that n---a 250 thousand just to get it from him
Real friends, huh?
34. From "No More Parties in LA":
And as far as "Real Friends," tell all my cousins I love em
Even the one that stole the laptop, you dirty motherfucker
35. From "I Love Kanye":
I love you like Kanye loves Kanye
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