Saint Pablo

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"Saint Pablo"
Song by Kanye West
from the album The Life of Pablo
Released June 14, 2016 (2016-06-14)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016
Genre Hip hop
Length 6:12
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Kanye West
  • Mike Dean
  • Allen Ritter (co.)
  • Goldstein (add.)

"Saint Pablo" is a song by American rapper Kanye West, featuring prominent vocals by British singer Sampha. It originally surfaced online on March 31, 2016 after it had been leaked onto Apple Music by mistake before being removed hours later. The song was later added to West's seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo (2016) on June 14, 2016.

Composition[edit]

The song addresses West's thoughts and insecurities, including the Twitter controversies and his $53-million debt.[1][2]

Sampha sings the hook and the third verse of the song.

"Saint Pablo" was produced by West himself and Mike Dean, with co-production from Allen Ritter and additional production from Noah Goldstein. It features vocals from Sampha, who sings the hook and the third verse.[3] The song contains samples of "Where I'm From", written by Shawn Carter, Deric Angelettie, Ronald Lawrence and Norman Whitfield, and performed by Jay Z.

Release[edit]

"Saint Pablo" was first premiered at Yo Gotti's The Art of Hustle release party.[4] On March 31, 2016, the track was leaked online and appeared on Apple Music for several hours.[5][6] On June 15, 2016, West temporarily removed The Life of Pablo from Tidal because he wanted to add "Saint Pablo" into the album.[7] The track is now widely available on Tidal, Apple Music, Google Play Music and Spotify.[8][9]

Critical reception[edit]

NME had heavy praise for the track, describing it as West being 'in classically confident mode'.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kanye West – "Saint Pablo" (Feat. Sampha)". Stereogum. 1 April 2016. Retrieved July 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ "Saint Pablo - Genius". Genius. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Kanye West - Saint Pablo lyrics". Genius. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Kanye West debuts new song featuring Sampha at Yo Gotti's listening party". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kanye West new track, Saint Pablo leaks online". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Kanye West track Saint Pablo leaks on Apple Music". Standard. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  7. ^ "We Now Know Why 'The Life Of Pablo' Was Removed From TIDAL". News HipHopEarly. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Kanye West releases new track Saint Pablo - Listen". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  9. ^ "The Life of Pablo - Spotify". Retrieved June 16, 2016. 
  10. ^ "New Tune 'Saint Pablo' Is Proof Kanye West Is Having A Well Busy 2016". NME. Retrieved July 29, 2018. 

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