Ye’s new album is finally here (Picture: Rich Fury/VF20/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
After delay upon delay and a raft of listening parties, Kanye West has finally dropped his new album Donda.
The record, named after his late mother Donda West, who died from complications after cosmetic surgery in 2007 at the age of 58, was originally supposed to come out in July 2020.
With things delayed to this summer instead, the 44-year-old was agonisingly close to release on multiple occasions throughout July and August, even moving into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia to complete his work on the record.
As Yeezy moved to hype his fans with listening parties instead, without confirming an official release date, headlines were snatched recently by the third event on Thursday, which saw Kanye’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian join proceedings in a haute couture wedding gown and veil for the final song of the night.
The rapper also invited controversial figures Marilyn Manson and DaBaby to join him on stage, with Manson currently being investigated after multiple allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct, which he denies, and DaBaby under fire for recent comments he made during a set about gay men and HIV.
The rapper has since apologised for his remarks.
DaBaby and Marilyn Manson joined Kanye on stage on Thursday (Picture: Brian Prahl/Mega)
Kanye at the first Donda listening party on July 22 (Picture: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images)
However, now the album is finally with us in its full, 27-track glory, with no official acknowledgement from Kanye that it would drop.
His manager Bu Thiam broke the news short notice on Instagram that the record would arrive at 8am EST (1pm GMT) on Sunday.
Late on Saturday night, Kanye shared snippets on his Instagram from messages that seem to allude to issues with clearing DaBaby’s contribution to the album.
However, it seems DaBaby has been removed from second track Jail and replaced with Jay-Z, despite Ye protesting that he wouldn’t remove him to release the album.
Jail pt 2 is featured in the track listings but currently unavailable to play, suggesting there may still be behind-the-scenes moves happening to get it across the line.
The album is now available on Spotify and Apple Music, but in a bare-bones approach with no official art work and no detailed track listings with confirmed collaborations.