Here’s Kanye West’s “Wolves” Illustrated Line By Line

Every line of Kanye West's "Wolves" illustrated

Just over a year ago, Kanye West debuted “Wolves” and delivered a memorable performance of the haunting track on Saturday Night Live. We didn’t know it at the time, but the world was hearing the very first song off of what would be Kanye’s eighth solo album, The Life of Pablo.

The recent release of TLOP delivered a new version of “Wolves” featuring vocals from the elusive Frank Ocean. But that’s not the only new way to experience the song. Inspired by Kanye’s persona and music, French artist Pierre Buttin created a collection of hand-drawn illustrations as a visual accompaniment to the song, picking the song simply because it’s his favorite track on Kanye’s latest LP. Speaking with Wired, the illustrator oddly described the song as “kind of romantic and nice.”

Buttin, who’s a designer and marketing manager by day, also cites the rapid pace at which hip-hop artists create and release music as part of his inspiration for the project. When Kanye debuted The Life of Pablo last week, Buttin gave himself a three-day deadline to complete his collection of “Wolves” illustrations.

In an effort to make his “Wolves” illustrations a “mobile-first experience,” Buttin shared the complete collection on his Instagram. Hit the jump to check out all the illustrations paired with Kanye West’s lyrics while you bump the song.


Photo Credit: Francois Guillot/AFP/ Getty Images

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Nate Santos

A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and He has written for XXL magazine, and, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.