A History Of Kanye West’s Obsession With Songs Named After ‘Lights’

From 'Flashing Lights' to 'Highlights.'

Kanye West has consistently proven himself beholden to — or, at least, fond of — themes and threads.

It started early on with his album titles: The College Dropout, Late Registration, and Graduation. Even when he broke that trend, on 2008’s 808s & Heartbreak, there was a sonic and emotional cohesion within that album.

With his latest, The Life of Pablo, ’Ye has again delivered a through line — this time, with song titles calling back to his earlier work.

Beginning with 2007’s Graduation and continuing through this weekend’s T.L.O.P., ’Ye has released six tracks (and an interlude) whose titles share an essential element, incorporating “light” or “lights” in some way.

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