After the release is delayed yet again, over Chance the Rapper apparently trying to get the song “Waves” back on the album, “TLOP” finally hits Tidal.
A closer examination of West’s work shows a side of the rapper more creatively experimental than ever before, and also more conflicted.
“You ain’t never seen nothing crazier than this n***a when he off his Lexapro,” West raps on the track “FML,’ referring to an antidepressant used to treat major depressive disorders and anxiety.
“They wish I would go ahead and f**k my life up, can’t let them get to me,” the Weeknd moans on the hook of the track, suggesting a dark undertone to West’s grandiose persona. The chorus then gives way to the vulnerable admission, “And even though I always f**k my life up, only I can mention me.”
The album also features references to seeing a psychiatrist on “No More Parties in L.A.,” as well as distrust and paranoia, when, on “Wolves,” the rapper suggests that he and his wife are “surrounded by the f**kin’ wolves.”
“TLOP” is critically acclaimed but disjointed, and the rapper will make several more edits in the coming weeks, revising the work already on streaming sites, which in and of itself is widely discussed as an innovation in album creation.