When Kanye West debuted his new album The Life of Pablo exclusively on Tidal, so many countries missed out.
In Asia, Jay z’s streaming service only reaches Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Hong Kong, so faced with the possibility of going completely Kanye-less - because the man himself tweeted "My album will never be for sale... You can only get it on Tidal" - one Japanese producer came up with a very interesting work around.
Instead of illegally downloading the songs like over half a million people did the day after its release, Toyomu created his very own 18 track record titled Imagining ‘The Life of Pablo’, that pretty much does exactly what the name suggests.
The Kyoto-based producer had never listened to the original but used the 29 second teasers for each song available on Who Sampled as his starting point and then added a computer generated voice that reads out Kanye’s lyrics.
The result is a very interesting listen with the kind of genius that you'd imagine Kanye himself would be proud of.
One track in particular, 導きたまえ comes pretty close to the original Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1, but have a listen and judge for yourself.
Unfortunately for Toyomu (not to mention everyone who signed up to Tidal just for Kanye), the real The Life of Pablo was released on a much wider range of streaming platforms six weeks after its exclusive debut.
In fact, some people are so upset they're forming a class action lawsuit against Tidal and Kanye because they feel they were "tricked into handling over their private data and credit card information by a singular mistruth".
We'll have to wait and see how they handle that one... In the meantime, here's how Toyomu interpreted another one of Kanye's tracks, his super egotistical I love Kanye.
You can hear all of Toyomu's creations here.