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Everything We Know About Kanye West’s New Album Donda

Jay-Z, Lil Baby, Pusha T, Travis Scott, and Pop Smoke could all appear on the LP

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    Last July, Kanye West‘s 10th studio album, Donda, failed to materialize on its announced release date. One year later, Kanye has revived his efforts to release the album.

    Reports first leaked out from a private event Kanye held in Las Vegas on July 18th. The next day, an official album listening party was announced for Thursday, July 22nd at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

    On Tuesday, July 20th, during game six of the NBA Finals, Kanye teased the imminent release of Donda in a Beats by Dre commercial starring track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson. The ad confirmed a release date of July 23rd, and also offered a preview of the album via a song called “No Child Left Behind.”

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    Unsurprisingly, the album didn’t arrive as promised and has now been pushed back once again to August 6th. In the meantime, Consequence has rounded up everything we know about the latest project.

    The Release Date

    Donda was originally slated for release on Friday, July 23rd. He premiered the album during a listening party at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which was also streamed live online via Apple Music.

    After the project failed to materialize, Revolt TV host Justin LaBoy announced it was being pushed back to August 6th. Kanye’s frequent collaborator Malik Yusef confirmed the new release date a few days later.

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    Pitchfork later received confirmation from a representative for West.

    The Title

    Kanye’s tenth album is called Donda, named after his late mother.

    The Recording Process

    After Donda was pushed back, Kanye reportedly set up a studio space and living quarters at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in an effort to complete the album.

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    During the Atlanta listening party, fans heard a surprise reunion with Jay-Z, as well as tracks featuring Lil Baby, Pusha T, and Baby Keem that were previewed in Las Vegas earlier in the week. Other artists heard during the event include Travis Scott, Pop Smoke, Roddy Ricch, Lil Durk, Playboi Carti, and more.

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    The Songs

    During game six of the NBA Finals, Kanye previewed a song titled “No Child Left Behind” in a Beats by Dre commercial starring track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson.

    After album listening in Atlanta, fans put together a makeshift tracklist.

    The Sound

    Writing for Dazed, music journalist Clarissa Brooks described some of the songs as recalling Kanye’s “old sonics, with sampled and distorted vocals that kept the brilliance of his production at the forefront as he moved backwards through his memory of his mother.”

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    According to Laboy, “the production is light years ahead of it’s time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again.” (Laboy got to listen to the album during a private listening session with Kanye and Kevin Durant.)

    The Lyrical Content

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    Hip-hop blogger @NigelDPresents, who attended the listening party in Las Vegas, described the album as “gospel.” “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.”

    Does He Curse?

    “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,” according to @NigelDPresents.

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