Well, it finally happened … “Donda” is out!!!
Kanye finally released his long-awaited album … this, after multiple listening parties and would-be release dates that came and went.
The album, which has 26 songs, hit Apple Music and Spotify Sunday AM.
The release was not without drama … in the middle of the night, Kanye posted tweets which seemed to say the most recent hold-up was that DaBaby hadn’t signed the necessary releases to clear his track for the song “Jail.” DaBaby is not on the track, instead, Jay-Z appears. You’ll recall, Jay recorded his track hours before the first listening party in Atlanta … a sign their feud was squashed. It was confusing when DaBaby replaced Jay’s track at the Chicago listening party, but Jay is now back.
The album was initially supposed to be released July 23. That date got moved to August 6. Then it became unclear exactly when the album would hit streaming services. Kanye’s manager promised it would be released following last Thursday’s listening event at Soldier Field in Chicago … and that promise was kept.
Ye famously tinkers with his albums even after their release … e.g., “The Life of Pablo,” so the same may happen with “Donda.”
As for the songs on the album, it’s heavily religious … Donda Chant, Jail, God Breathed, Off the Grid, Hurricane, Praise God, Jonah, Ok Ok, Junya, Believe What I Say, 24, Remote Control, Moon, Heaven and Hell, Donda, Keep My Spirit Alive, Jesus Lord, New Again, Tell the Vision, Lord I Need You, Pure Souls, Come to Life, No Child Left Behind, Ok OK Pt. 2, Junya Pt. 2, Jesus Lord, Pt. 2.
Here’s what’s interesting … Drake seemed to drop a clue last week his album will drop Friday … so with the release of “Donda,” Drake and Ye will be going head-to-head for #1 bragging rights.
And the final mystery … Kim Kardashian. As you know, she wore a wedding dress at the Chicago listening party. TMZ broke the story, the divorce is not a done deal anymore. Kanye and Kim have been seeing each other privately, and they seem to be trying to work things out … whatever those things are.
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