Kanye West’s long-awaited new album ‘Donda’ has finally been released after multiple delays. The album, named after the rapper’s late mother, was released on streaming services on Sunday afternoon. Former sister-in-law Kendall Jenner was already listening.
Kanye’s tenth studio album contains a total of 27 songs. Rappers like Jay-Z, DaBaby and the late Pop Smoke collaborated on it. Marilyn Manson can also be heard on a theme. Earlier this week, his cooperation already caused a stir because the American shock rocker is accused of sexual abuse by several women.
After three previous postponements, ‘Donda’ was supposed to be released last Friday, but that deadline was not met either. Kanye himself suggested that the delay had everything to do with DaBaby’s manager, who preferred not to have the song “Jail” on the album.
Kanye refused. “I’m not taking my boyfriend off the album,” the rapper said. “Then the album isn’t coming out yet.” It now seems that the folds have been ironed out since ‘Jail’ did indeed end up on the record.
Social media showed how Kendall Jenner, West’s former sister-in-law, listened to the album. Kim herself is also still interested in her husband’s work. Not only was she allowed to listen to a few songs before the album was released, she was also seen on stage in a wedding dress during the third and final listening session.
The rapper was actually supposed to release the album last year, but that was postponed. Kanye hosted a total of three listening sessions for his fans in major stadiums this month and last. The album’s release was always scheduled for the day after such an event.
‘Donda’ is the successor to the gospel album ‘Jesus Is King’ from 2019. That record was also released later than planned because the perfectionist rapper kept tinkering with it.