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2021-08-29
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Donda is Kanye West’s tenth studio album, released on August 29, 2021. The record is named after Kanye’s late mother, Donda West. During a May 2020 Instagram Live interview, cinematographer Arthur Jafa revealed that he and Kanye were working together on a video. He also mentioned that Ye was preparing for the release of an album called God’s Country. On June 30, 2020, Kanye released a track which was, at the time, thought to be the album’s lead single—“Wash Us in the Blood”—in collaboration with Travis Scott. He also confirmed that the album’s title would be God’s Country in a tweet, but the name underwent another change. On July 12, 2020, his mother’s birthday, Kanye previewed a portion of the original version of the album’s title track via Twitter. On July 18, 2020, Kanye tweeted the album’s tracklist, new title, and release date; he deleted the tweet within minutes. On July 21, 2020, Kanye tweeted yet another title and tracklist, saying: DONDA: WITH CHILD new album and movie this Friday The album ended up not releasing on that date; the following day, on July 25, 2020, Kanye revealed the original cover art via Twitter. Almost a year later, on July 17, 2021, a video surfaced of Kanye and Tyler, The Creator playing new music in the studio from the night before. The next day, on July 18, 2021, Kanye had scheduled to have a private album launch party with family and friends. On July 21, 2021, a snippet of the song “No Child Left Behind” was used in a Beats ad with Sha'Carri Richardson. The advertisement revealed that the listening party would actually take place on July 22, 2021, and that the album would finally release that night. An unfinished version of the album premiered at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Kanye also posted a picture on Instagram with Playboi Carti and an updated tracklist for the album on July 21. To the surprise of no one, the album did not release on July 23, 2021. Justin Laboy took to Twitter that day to announce that the album will be releasing on August 6, 2021, stating that Kanye “wants to give fans the best possible product without rushing anything.” Kanye confirmed this on July 30, 2021, in an Instagram post that included the date “08.05.2021” which is when the second listening party took place. On August 4, 2021, Kanye began livestreaming from within the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. He had been living there in a makeshift studio since the first Donda listening event. The livestream included studio footage, along with clips of Kanye sleeping and various associates including Chance The Rapper and Mike Dean working on the album. Later that night, a version of Donda was premiered at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Although the album was promised to be released immediately following the event, it ultimately wasn’t once again. On August 18, 2021, West announced a third listening party for the album scheduled for August 26, 2021, at Soldier Field in Chicago, titled “Kanye West Presents: The Donda Album Experience.” It was subsequently announced by West’s manager that the album would be released the day after the listening party on August 27. To the surprise of no one, the album was not released on August 27. It was revealed a few hours before the release on Kanye’s Instagram that the reason of the delay was because DaBaby’s manager, Arnold Taylor, hadn’t cleared the verse from him on “Jail”. Kanye stated: I’m not taking my brother off the album. He was the only person who said he would vote for me in public. Kanye is referring to his 2020 president candidacy which DaBaby had publicly stated he was voting for West. The album finally ended up releasing almost two days after the final listening party, on the early morning of August 29, 2021, with the addition of four new remixes of songs on the album, containing new features from DaBaby, Marilyn Manson, Shenseea, and Ty Dolla $ign. Older verses that weren’t shown at the final listening party also made the final cut, including JAY-Z’s verse on “Jail” and Kid Cudi’s vocals on “Moon”. The album features Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, and a re-done version of “Tell the Vision” by the late Pop Smoke, as well as JAY-Z, who recorded his verse hours before the July 22 premiere. After Donda’s release, Kanye posted on his Instagram that Universal Music Group, the distributor of the album, had published the album without his approval. UNIVERSAL PUT MY ALBUM OUT WITHOUT MY APPROVAL AND THEY BLOCKED JAIL 2 FROM BEING ON THE ALBUM This post alarmed many of Kanye’s fans, who believed he might try to take it down and further delay the project. Executives from UMG have denied the accusation, insisting that everyone involved was on board with the release. (Source: Genuis) ==
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Tracklist
1. Donda Chant 52s
2. Jail 4m 57s
3. God Breathed 5m 33s
4. Off the Grid 5m 39s
5. Hurricane 4m 3s
6. Praise God 3m 46s
7. Jonah 3m 15s
8. Ok Ok 3m 24s
9. Junya 2m 27s
10. Believe What I Say 4m 2s
11. 24 3m 17s
12. Remote Control 3m 18s
13. Moon 2m 36s
14. Heaven and Hell 2m 25s
15. Donda 2m 8s
16. Keep My Spirit Alive 3m 41s
17. Jesus Lord 8m 58s
18. New Again 3m 3s
19. Tell the Vision 1m 44s
20. Lord I Need You 2m 42s
21. Pure Souls 5m 58s
22. Come to Life 5m 10s
23. No Child Left Behind 2m 58s
24. Jail Pt 2 4m 57s
25. Ok Ok Pt 2 3m 24s
26. Junya Pt 2 3m 2s
27. Jesus Lord Pt 2 11m 30s

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Wow! A guilty pleasure? Named after his Mother? I don’t know what it is but I feel West trying. I've never been a fan of Kanye and then I was introduced to Donda. I'm not sure if there is a need to dissect or if it's too gimmicky and on the surface but I'm still listening
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MY MAN HAS FINALLY MADE SOMETHING AGAIN THAT I GET THOROUGH ENJOYMENT FROM I've basically been off Kanye since 'Graduation'. '808s' is him autotuning for a whole album... No thanks. I won't go into it, but I've never gotten the obsession with 'Fantasy'. I've written a review explaining why. Minus a couple of songs, 'Yeezus' ain't my cup of tea. 'Pablo' sounds like a rushed mish-mash of ideas with few great moments. 'Ye' has nothing noteworthy. 'JESUS IS KING' has some of the most boring music Kanye has ever produced. Donda is better though. This is such an easy listen. It isn't experimental like 'Yeezus' at all. It's just good trap production with some unique sounds including gospel themes. A lot of the beats bump, Kanye is entertaining ("We off the grid, grid, grid, grid, grid"), but doesn't step over the line like he did with lyrics from the aforementioned album, and while there are many featuring verses, and Kanye goes missing at times, most work well. 'Off the Grid' is hard a nails, but would be better if Kanye just spat, particularly instead of Playboi Carti. The main issue with this is that it's 27 TRACKS long with the last four songs just being slightly different versions of what we have already heard. For someone who has had quality control with most of his projects, it's surprising that he's decided to release a near 2-hour album. Another more minor issue is the loooong speech by Larry Hoover Jr. As I play the album I have to hit skip every time that starts. He should've just put it on 'Jesus Lord pt 2' to keep pt 1 snappy. The only songs I dislike here are the annoying opener, with Syleena Johnson repeating "Donda" in different ways for 50 seconds, but that's just an intro, 'Remote Control' and Pop Smoke's 'Lord I Need You'. 'Jail' is a touch boring too with Jay-Z's verse nearly putting me to sleep. As I opened with, after not feeling Kanye for a while, this is the most I've gotten out of a project from him for ages. 'Come to Life' is so beautiful. Best Tracks: Off the Grid, Praise God, Ok Ok, Junya, Believe What I Say, Heaven and Hell, Jesus Lord, Come to Life, All the 'pt 2s' of songs I've listed.
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nice album cover.
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way too long. would be a great album if it was trimmed and didn't feel like a drag to finish.
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