UPDATE: Kanye West has announced a listening event for his long-awaited follow-up to 2019’s Jesus is King in Atlanta.
The 10th release will be available for the public to enjoy on Thursday, July 22, at 8 p.m. ET at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Tickets, priced at $20 and $50, have officially gone on sale via ticketmaster.com. About 40,000 to 50,000 tickets are expected to be available at the venue, which holds about 71,000.
The cover art from the album—named after West’s late mother—was also unveiled, and with ‘Ye heading down to the A, it fills a strong storyline as the mercurial MC was born in Atlanta and retains ties to the city.
There are also no capacity mandates for large gatherings in Georgia, so please wear your masks.
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The Louis Vuitton Don, Kanye West, is possibly on the eve of releasing his first set of new music following his divorce from Kim Kardashian, after reportedly playing his upcoming album at an impromptu listening party.
Shared by “Demon Time” founder and social media personality, Justin Laboy, DONDA—the highly-anticipated new release from West—was reportedly played at a star-studded bash in Las Vegas. Laboy would also claim that the album was finished.
“Kanye played his new album for me & @KDTrey5 last night in Vegas,” Laboy tweeted. “The production is light years ahead of its time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again.”
It is rumored that guests on DONDA include Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, Post Malone, Travis Scott, and Buffalo rap label Griselda Records. According to the fan account @DondasPlace, which also attended the event, the album will also feature West’s late mother Donda West speaking throughout as the project’s narrator.
The last big news is that Kanye may premiere his new music in an upcoming Beats Headphones commercial that is slated to run during Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Kanye, himself, alerted eager fans with a social share of him in the studio with Tyler, the Creator. Consequence, a Queens, New York rapper with A Tribe Called Quest, shared a short video of a masked ‘Ye and the Golf Wang founder appearing to work on a song together.
DONDA will mark Kanye’s 10th studio album since bursting onto the scene.
HipHop-N-More pointed out a whiteboard in the background of a shared post with a possible tracklist, showing 10 to 11 names, including “Jonah,” “Daylight,” “No Child Left Behind,” “Remote,” “24,” and “Hurricane.” It is also said that some of these titles are the same from a tracklist that surfaced online last year.
With the pandemic pressing pause on vaulted rap albums from Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z, fans are extremely interested to hear whether the 44-year-old multi-hyphenate will open up about the changes and growth in his personal life.
After six years of marriage, West, and his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences in February. The split, albeit amicable, will find the pair co-parenting their four children: North, 8, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2. Kim has briefly opened up about their divorce in episodes of her former reality series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, but Kanye has remained silent.
DONDA is the follow-up to 2019’s Jesus Is King, and was previously titled God’s Country. It was changed to honor his mother, Donda West, who died in 2007 from surgery complications.