Grammy award winning rapper, Kanye West finally dropped his long-awaited album “Donda” on Sunday, August 29th, 2021, two days after his latest listening party.
The album, West’s 10th solo studio LP, is a follow-up to his 2019 gospel album, “Jesus Is King”. ‘Donda’ was released through GOOD Music and was distributed by Def Jam Recordings.
‘Donda’ was originally scheduled for release on July 24, but then was delayed at least three more times.
Instead, West has been hosting stadium-sized listening parties at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta and Soldier Field in Chicago, several of which were more bizarre performance pieces than an introduction of any new music.
The 27-track album is named after the rapper’s late mother, Donda West, who died in 2007.
No cover art was released, with streaming services using a black box instead.
One of the tracks, “Jail pt 2,” was listed as “unavailable to stream” on Spotify.
After West faced backlash for replacing Jay-Z with DaBaby on “Jail,” the original version was reinstated for Sunday’s official release.
Other featured artists include Marilyn Manson, the Weeknd, Young Thug, Kid Cudi, Jay Electronica, the Lox, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Lil Yachty, Baby Keem, Playboi Carti, Ty Dolla $ign, the late Pop Smoke and more. Chris Brown is listed as a co-writer on “New Again.”
Producers for this masterpiece include Boi-1da, Mike Dean, E.Vax of Ratatat, 88 Keys, Swizz Beatz, Wheezy and Gesaffelstein.
Within the past year, Kanye has endured some rough patches in his life—from a failed presidential run to his highly-publicized divorce from Kim Kardashian—but now, the Chicago billionaire is finally letting fans hear his 10th project. The wait is finally over.
Listen to album below: