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KANYE WEST’S NEW ALBUM ‘DONDA’ 9 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW (HOTJIST REVIEW)

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Once again, Yeezy Season is here. Donda, Kanye West's ninth studio album, is set to be released soon. The record comes after the publication of his gospel project, Jesus Is King, in October of this year.

By Adeniyi Onaara

Once again, Yeezy Season is here. Donda, Kanye West’s ninth studio album, is set to be released soon. The record comes after the publication of his gospel project, Jesus Is King, in October of this year.

Of course, Kanye has a history of breaking his own promises when it comes to album release dates, but there are numerous signs that the album will be out shortly. Despite the fact that ‘Ye has been tight-lipped about his album, turning up to public engagements in a mask and not speaking at all, his supporters have been dropping indications about the project ahead of its release on Friday. And, according to those who have heard it, it was Donda is shaping out to be a fantastic character.

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Check out this summary of what we know about Donda so far while you wait for Kanye’s next album to arrive.

IT’S KNOWN AS ‘DONDA.’

The title of Kanye West’s upcoming album has changed several times over the years. In a live interview with French fashion designer Michèle Lamy, video artist Arthur Jafa revealed that he created Kanye West’s “Wash Us In Blood” music video for his new project God’s Country.

Kanye’s manager, Abou “Bu” Thiam, announced the impending album on Instagram in June 2021, writing “WestDayEver.” Some admirers assumed that West Day Ever was the new title, but it looks that he has returned to Donda However, Donda was later acknowledged by Def Jam in an official press release. Pusha-T, a member of Kanye’s closest circle, has also released promotional material with the words “Kanye West Presents Donda.”

If you’re a Kanye fan, you’re aware that the album’s current title holds a special meaning for him. Kanye’s mother’s name was Donda, and she died on November 10, 2007, at the age of 58. Donda West was a former English professor at the University of Chicago. She also wrote Raising Kanye: Life Lessons from the Mother of a Hip-Hop Superstar, a book on raising her son. Kanye has written a number of songs about his late mother, the most well-known of which is 2005’s ‘hey mama’

other. On the track, his mother is heard reciting lyrics to KRS One’s “Sound of da Police” before Kanye begins rapping. In a new-deleted post on Twitter, Kanye wrote, “In loving memory of my incredible mother on her birthday.”

IT WILL DROP ON JULY 23

Donda has seen many release dates. Kanye originally suggested the album was coming sometime in 2020, and even shared a couple specific dates, but the year quickly passed without an album. Then, finally, on July 17, 2021, close collaborator Consequence shared a video of Kanye and Tyler, the Creator in the studio with the caption, “Summer ’21,” which alluded to a new release date. Following an initial listening event in Las Vegas at a church on Sunday, July 18, many fans anticipated the project to drop later in the week week.

After hearing the album alongside Kevin Durant in a private listening session with Kanye, media personality Justin LaBoy ​​tweeted that the album would be coming this week: “Kanye West album is really done. When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while.” Days later, Def Jam confirmed in a press release that the release date is July 23. In recent years, Kanye has become notorious for not delivering on his expected release date. So, we’ll just have to cross our fingers that his new album really drops on time.

THE TRACKLIST HAS EVOLVED FROM EARLIER VERSIONS OF ‘DONDA’

An official tracklist for Kanye’s album has not been released, but it has undergone several evolutions over time. In July 2020, Kanye shared a handwritten note that many believed was a tentative tracklist. The note included the tentative titles of preleased singles like “Wash Us In Blood” and “New Body.” Over time, he’s shared photos of several notes that included song titles like “”With Child,” “DND,” and “24.” 

Then, this month, Consequence shared a clip of Tyler in the studio with Kanye, and fans noticed a new tracklist written on a white board in the background. Some of the songs on the new version appear to overlap with older track lists, including songs like “Hurricane,” “God’s Country,” “24,” and “Donda.”

ALBUM ARTWORK HAS SURFACED

On July 19, an image rumored to be the artwork for Kanye’s album was released on social media. The image, shared on fan sites like TeamKanyeDaily, depicts an abstract portrait of a person with red paint. While some initially believed the painting was done by Kanye’s eldest daughter North West, it was later rumored to be created by French American artist Louise Bourgeois.

LISTENING EVENTS ARE HAPPENING

On July 18, Kanye held his first listening party for his upcoming album in Las Vegas. There were several celebrities in attendance, including Westside Gunn, Kevin Durant, and Usher. Kanye’s label, Def Jam also announced a listening session on Thursday, July 22 at the Mercedez-Benz Stadium in Atlanta Tickets are being sold on Ticketmaster.

IT’S RUMORED TO BE ‘STILL CENTERED ON GOD,’ BUT INCLUDES SECULAR SOUNDS AND SOME CURSING

In September 2019, Kanye announced that he was done with making secular music before releasing two gospel-inspired albums: Jesus Is King and Jesus Is Born. According to a photographer who attended the listening event in Vegas, Donda is still “centered on God,” but Kanye is also experimenting with secular sounds again, including “some slow [and] some trap […] Some songs could be played in a church, some in a club.” Nigel went on to say, “The album is really about having faith in God and overcoming adversity. Kanye speaks on personal struggles and struggles others face. Positive messages that you can turn up to.” Nigel also noted that the album includes curse words, unlike Jesus Is King. “I thought the album would have no expletives. But there are some B’s and N’s. So Kanye tried to rush and lower the music when the B’s were flying because we were in a church,” he wrote.

RUMORED FEATURES INCLUDE PUSHA-T, LIL BABY, BABY KEEM, AND MORE

According to attendees of the Vegas listening party, there are quite a few features on the album. Although not all of these have been confirmed, tweets from those who attended the listening session say they heard guest appearances by Pusha-T, Travis Scott, Post Malone, Westside Gunn, Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, and more (although not all of these have been confirmed). There is also a screenshot of studio equipment circulating social media that suggests Tyler, the Creator contributed vocals on the album. Chris Brown hinted at a possible collaboration on his Instagram Stories on July 20, while many people are raving about Lil Baby’s performance on “Hurricane,” and Nigel tweeted, “Then he had a track with Lil Baby, and I was ready to party.” One of the only video snippets that emerged from the Vegas listening session featured vocals from Baby Keem.

IT’S GETTING RAVE REVIEWS FROM PEOPLE WHO HAVE HEARD IT

On July 18, Justin LaBoy tweeted about a listening session he had with Kanye in Vegas. “The production is light years ahead of its time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again,” Laboy tweeted He also shared a photo of him sitting with Kanye to confirm his whereabouts. SKAM artist DJ Justin Credible soon tweeted about his experience in Vegas, noting that the “production was strong, some raps that are reminiscent of early Kanye. Definitely some vulnerable moments on the project which I really enjoyed.” 

A NEW TRACK WILL BE FEATURED IN A BEATS COMMERCIAL DURING GAME 6 OF THE NBA FINALS

In addition to the album, Kanye is premiering a new single in a commercial for Beats By Dre, which was exclusively announced by Complex Music. The commercial will star U.S. track star Sha’Carri Richardson, and is set to premiere on July 20 during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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