Inspired by my friends at I Like This Grape I thought it would be interesting to do a beverage and music pairing. Lately, I've been feeling the album "The Life Of Pablo" by Kanye West. I love the diversity of style in this album along with the sincerity and thankfulness to God that Kanye expresses, and of course the always confidently charged lyrics he is known for. This album has been considered one of Kanye's greatest pieces of work since his first two albums. "The Life Of Pablo" is a musical kaleidoscope ranging from gospel to southern hip-hop and dance music. Kanye's seventh album was released in February and features Ty Dolla $ign, Desiigner, Kid Cudi, Caroline Shaw, Kelly Price, The-Dream, Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, Rihanna, Young Thug, Chris Brown, The Weeknd, Sia, Vic Mensa, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and Post Malone.
I curated a list of songs and beverage pairings based on sounds, lyrics, emotion, flavors, and aromas while considering the setting one may be in...Try these parings out and let me know what you think!
Feedback- “Name one genius that ain’t crazy?!“
To get you fired up before you head to work or start your day enjoy Bulletproof coffee and bump Feedback. It’s wild and industrial influenced.The combination of caffeine and healthy fats with ego feeding lyrics will ignite the genius in you.
Famous- "Young and we alive. We never gonna die"
Lambrusco is fun, bubbly, and rustic. This Lambrusco comes from a 150 year old winery in Modena. It matches well with the two classic samples Kanye used in this track including "Bam Bam" by Sister Nancy and "Do What You Gotta Do" by Nina Simone. This wine is fruity, spicy, and layered like the different sounds featured in Famous.
Ultralight Beam- "We on an ultralight beam, this is a God dream."
The purity of the fruit and terroir really shines through paralleling the purity of expression felt in Ultralight Beam. This gospel inspired track firmly thrusts the listener into a new dimension reaffirming his love of God. This wine is bright and luminous, showing characters of white flowers, minerality, and richness to balance it.
Fade- "Your love is fadin, I can feel it"
The fleshy, luscious, inviting character of this wine complements the funky, tribal vibe in Fade. Lapierre's Morgon Beaujolais reveals ripe red cherries, roses, and earth. The beat is so contagious you will find yourself moving to it, especially after a few sips of this Morgon.