After almost a 3-year delay, Kanye West highly anticipated album Donda has finally been released.
Donda was released to all of the digital streaming platforms earlier this morning (August 29).
Kanye West held four different listening sessions for Donda in which he previewed multiple versions of a variety of the songs on the album and made tweaks along the way.
The final version of Donda features 27 songs and clocks at 1 hour and 48 minutes.
There are also alternate versions of a variety of songs that were previewed during the four previous listening sessions.
Donda is also jam-packed with guest appearances from artists like Lil Baby, Lil Yachty, Pusha T, Travis Scott, Jay-Z, Lil Durk, Baby Keem, Playboi Carti, and others.
Kanye also had some issues with DaBaby’s management.
The rapper is featured on the second version of Ye’s song “Jail.” One version features Jay-Z and the other remix features DaBaby.
According to Ye himself, DaBaby’s manager refused to clear his verse for the song, but Kanye said he was going to put him on the album anyway.
Kanye’s manager Bu Thiam said he had no clue as to why there were issues, since DaBaby’s manager, or the rapper were picking up their phones.
Ye’s response was classic.
“I’m not taking my brother off,” Kanye shot back to Bu. “He was the only person who said he would vote for me in public.”
As for the album cover’s artwork, it appears as though Kanye scrapped the unique red and black cover with a stick-figure-like drawing, and went with a solid black background – with nothing else as the design.
Kanye is also innovating with the release of his 10th studio album.
In addition to the listening sessions where he ascended out of the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, and set himself on fire at Soldier Field in Chicago, Kanye is pushing the envelope with technology.
Over on his official website, Kanye West is also selling a STEM player, which will give his fans the ability to isolate tracks and remix Donda on their own. The STEM player will help the rapper rake in more money.
Between merchandise and ticket sales from the Donda listening events, Kanye has already made over $10 million.
Take a listen to Donda below and check out some of the reactions to Kanye West’s latest album.
3 things that are guaranteed to hit:— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) August 29, 2021
🔘 certified lover boy
🔘 our defense
this donda album is excellent. kanye might be problematic but this man knows how to make good music. pic.twitter.com/GmrVkiSwi8— chu (@chuuzus) August 29, 2021
grown men on my timeline going “donda!” pic.twitter.com/jgfY8lXNPV— jeff (@noxheav3n) August 29, 2021