Music You Should Know: The Gravity of Kanye’s “Facts”

Music has a special time and place for all occasions: Walking, running, going to the bathroom, taking out the trash, uncorking a bottle of fine wine, you name it. No matter what activity you are participating in, an audio clip exists that can enhance the gravity of that moment. No one knows this better than Chicago hip-hop legend Kanye West. Over the past twelve years, Mr. West has built his career out of crafting music for all occasions in a person’s life. He invented the casual stroll song “Jesus Walks,” putting a pop in our step. He made gym time fun and easy with “The New Workout Plan,” which included an added bonus of specific instructions on how best to exercise!

As Ye’s career has progressed, he has taken his music to greater depths. He wrote songs for visiting specific cities (“Niggas in Paris” and “Christmas in Harlem”), for hanging out with friends (“Clique”), and even for counting time intervals (“FourFiveSeconds”). Yeezy’s knack for prolific writing and his intense, humanistic understanding of moods makes him an excellent candidate for curating the music for life itself: In a sense, each successive album brings him one step closer to fully scoring the daily drone of our otherwise mundane lives.

Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 - Runway

Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 – Runway

It should come as no surprise then, that 2016’s The Life of Pablo is chock-full of magical instances that bring life and wonder to the everyday. The Life of Pablo, designed as a template “theme playlist” of one person’s life (that person being Pablo), is the quintessential human soundtrack. It captures love and pain, togetherness and separation, understanding and confusion – all essential components to mortal experience. However, nowhere is Kanye’s talent more pronounced than on “Facts,” a particularly powerful piece designed for moments of truth.

Ha, ha, ha, look how far we are, are, are, are, are, are, are

The Life of Pablo - Kanye West

The Life of Pablo – Kanye West

Clarity. Lucidness. Coherence. At the end of the day, what is a moment of truth? It is every moment; therefore “Facts” is truly a song for all times. No wonder Kanye continues to update The Life of Pablo: This endeavor is his greatest achievement yet, his magnum opus! Therefore it must be perfect – yet, as Vince Lombardi himself once said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” Perfection does not occur overnight: You must work at achieving it, and continuously push yourself further and further in the pursuit thereof.

Kanye West has been in the pursuit of excellence on his latest album, and he has all the ingredients laid out for us to appreciate and enjoy. As Ye continues to update and tweak his music in the hopes of the ultimate god dream, one remixer by the name of Aludolu seems to have beaten him to it. Taking the best parts of “Facts” and mashing them together, Aludolu has created a concise sound clip of excellence.

If music has a special time and place for all occasions, then “Every time Kanye West squeaks in ‘Facts'” is music for ALL occasions: Walking, running, going to the bathroom, taking out the trash, uncorking a bottle of fine wine, you name it. No matter what activity you are participating in, “Every time Kanye West squeaks in ‘Facts'” can enhance the gravity of that moment.

Having reached a seeming pinnacle in his career, Mr. West can finally step back and appreciate the glory of his creation. Congratulations, Mr. West: You got out your dream.

Listen: “Every time Kanye West squeaks in ‘Facts'” – Kanye West (Aludolu remix)