Tuesday night, Def Jam made it official: Kanye West plans to release his new album Donda July 23.
Of course, Kanye has a reputation for reinventing himself with each album cycle and making dramatic changes to his sound, so it’s always hard to predict where he’ll go next. Will he give a new twist to the inspired gospel age that has Jesus is king? Or will he try to introduce an entirely new sound that none of us have heard before?
the Donda the deployment, in particular, is difficult to decipher. On the one hand, Kanye doesn’t speak. There were no tweets. No radio interviews. No words spoken during album listening sessions. We haven’t even seen her face all year round (Kanye loves masks again). Instead, he lets other people speak for him, so all we have to do is a few tweets from collaborators like Consequence and acquaintances like Justin LaBoy who heard the album.
Still, if you follow breadcrumbs, you will find some clues. Kanye teased Donda for quite some time now, and there are bits of information floating around the internet (see a few here). With all of that in mind, plus some contextual clues as to where his career is going, here are 8 predictions about Kanye West’s new album.