Kanye West - Saint Pablo ft. Sampha

Mournful without outmuscling Kanye’s default bravado.

Kanye West’s putting everything on the table. Since the release of ‘The Life of Pablo’’s first form, he’s opened up. Tweets are straight-talking (off-the-cuff and full of “hashtag”’s, most of the time), and on evidence of new cut ‘Saint Pablo’, honesty is his currency. The signs were there in the similarly grounded ‘Real Friends’, but Kanye’s rarely sounded so direct. “The ultimate gemini has survived, I wasn’t supposed to make it past twenty-five,” he claims, on a lyric more cutting than anything on his work-in-progress LP. Sampha completes the puzzle. It’s tough to find a more melancholy-friendly voice in music, and he’s the perfect companion to a song that could have been produced by Massive Attack in their trip-hop heyday. Mournful without outmuscling Kanye’s default bravado, he’s never been this humble.

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