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  • Arya Kastwar

Idea #108 - I Hate Being Bi-Polar, It’s Awesome

Always at the top of the Billboards and the news controversies, Kanye West is always thriving in the media either for his genius lyricism or for his questionable actions and beliefs.

Today we watched how his studio album, The Life of Pablo came to be. This album is a concoction of his moral dilemma, fragments of his life, the intended as well as (arguably) unintended connotations, and pure chaos.

With the album cover itself possibly symbolising rampant consumerism, the repeating text reflects the monotony of the content celebrities bring to the tables and tribulations of fame. The title - The Life of Pablo, interestingly, can be divided into the three conflicting Pablos within Kanye West. Who would have thought! Pablo Escobar, the most notorious drug kingpin in history, Pablo Picasso, the gifted artist, and Saint Pablo, Ye himself (or so he likes to call himself).

The making of the album then segued into his quandaries and mental health. Vocal about his bipolarity, Kanye consciously refuses to take his medication, believing that he was misdiagnosed and that it would cost him his creative imagination.

Today’s Daily Idea was simply a little insight into Ye’s thought process and the conceptualisation that went in the making of The Life of Pablo to learn better how the artist perceives the world around him and makes music. The documentary, Unravelling the Madness of Kanye West is available on YouTube if you want to learn more!

Written and Curated by Arya Kastwar

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