The Life of Paul, grisante plongée dans les samples de The Life of Pablo

par Jeff  |  le 17-11-2016

Goûte Mes Disques et son rédacteur en chef (l'auteur de ces lignes donc, qui aime visiblement parler de lui à la troisième personne) n'ont jamais caché leur amour un brin démesuré pour Kanye West. Et on a beau lui sucer les boules à longueur d'année, on sait être objectifs : oui, The Life of Pablo est un immense disque peut-être son meilleur, à égalité avec Yeezus, et juste devant My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Un disque énorme, au sens propre comme au sens figuré, dont on avait essayé de comprendre les tenants et les aboutissants ici.

Si beaucoup de choses ont été déjà dites sur The Life of Pablo, on vous en reparle pour un projet assez passionnant, développé par un fan assez hardcore de Yeezy : réécrire le disque avec pour angle d'attaque le travail de sampling immense effectué sur TLOP.

Tous les titres de la version originale ont donc été retravaillés, pour mettre en valeur les samples retenus par Kanye West et sa team ; des démos mais également des remixes ont été intelligemment intégrés à certains endroits, donnant une lecture totalement différente mais incroyablement respectueuse de The Life of Pablo.

Pour écouter The Life of Paul, il faut se rendre sur Reddit, où vous trouverez tous les liens de téléchargement. Mais histoire que vous compreniez mieux où dorian_ye a voulu en venir, on vous copie/colle le tracklisting du projet, qui explique comment chaque titre a été déconstruit puis reconstruit, pour un résultat assez bluffant. On est le 17/11 et une fois de plus, l'Internet a gagné.

1. Ultralight Beam - Used Kanye West's "Ultralight Prayer" for intro - Extended sample of Natalie preaching
2. Father Stretch My Hands, Pt. 1 - Extended Pastor T.L. Barrett "Father Stretch My Hands" sample
3. Pt. 2 -Extended Desiigner "Panda" sample -Extended Pastor T.L. Barrett "Father Stretch My Hands" sample -Extended Caroline Shaw vocal melody at end to transition into next track
4. Pt. 3 -Created using elements of DJ Dodger Stadium's remix of "Father Streth My Hands" and Kanye West's "Pt. 2"
5. Famous -Used intro to the video version of "Famous" as the intro -Incorporated Amber Rose line from OG "Famous" -Replaced most of Rihanna's original chorus with the original Nina Simone "Do What You Gotta Do" sample it was interpolating -Used portion of the video version of "Famous" as bridge between 2nd verse and Sister Nancy sample -Extended and remixed Sister Nancy "Bam Bam" sample -Incorporated Swizz Beats' breaths from MSG version of "Famous" (yes, I'm dead serious) -Changed portion of Nina Simone's "Do What You Gotta Do" sampled for the outro
6. Feedback -Used record scratches from Outkast's "Pink & Blue" for intro -Used live recording of demo version of "Feedback" for intro -Incorporated elements of Tidal version of "Feedback" -Extended synthesizer parts at start and end of track
7. All Day -Incorporated elements of early demo of "All Day" -Incorporated elements of the Kendrick Lamar remix of "All Day"
8. Low Lights -Used acapella version of Kings of Tomorrow "So Alive" sample at start and end of track
9. Highlights -Used Carole King "Beautiful" sample for intro -Incorporated elements of demo versions of "Highlights"
10. Freestyle 4 -Extended Goldfrapp "Human" sample
11. I Love Kanye -Used SNL version of "I Love Kanye" for intro -Incorporated Stefan Ponce's remix of "I Love Kanye"
12. Waves -Rearranged portions of the track -Incorporated elements of Chance the Rapper's demo of "Waves" -Incorporated sample of Enigma's "Return to Innocence"
13. FML -Extended Section 25 "Hit" sample -Incorporated elements of demo versions of "FML"
14. Real Friends -Extended Frank Dukes "Couches" sample
15. Wolves -Rearranged portions of the track -Used stock wolf howls for intro -Incorporated Caroline Shaw background vocals from MSG version of "Wolves" -Incorporated elements of demo version of "Wolves" -Removed repetitions of the "unfollow/unswallow" line (you're welcome)
16. Frank's Track
17. Only One -Incorporated Caroline Shaw's solo version of "Only One"
18. Siiiiiiiiilver Surffffeeeeer Intermission -Used stock ocean sound effects throughout track -Incorporated Caroline Shaw's solo version of "Only One"
19. 30 Hours -Extended and rearranged Arthur Russell "Answers Me" sample -Incorporated elements of Soundcloud version of "30 Hours"
20. No More Parties in LA -Extended Johnny "Guitar" Watson "Give Me My Love" sample -Extended and rearranged Junie Morrison "Suzie Thundertussy" sample -Extended Larry Graham "Stand Up and Shout About Love" sample
21. Facts (Dorian Ye Version) -Extended Father's Children "Dirt and Grime" sample -Incorporated elements of Soundcloud version of "Facts"
22. Fade -Rearranged portions of the track -Used a blend of both OG Tidal/single version of "Fade" and March update of "Fade" -Incorporated and rearranged elements of Rare Earth "(I Know) I'm Losing You" sample -Incorporated sample of Barbara Tucker's "Beautiful People (Underground Network Mix)" -Incorporated sample of Barbara Tucker's "I Get Lifted (Go to Church)" -Extended and rearranged Mr. Fingers "Mystery of Love" sample
23. Saint Pablo -Extended piano intro to song -Incorporated elements of demo version of "Saint Pablo" -Incorporated sample of Diddy-Dirty Money's "Angels (Remix)" -Used backstage SNL vocal recording of Kanye for outro