Kanye West Announces He’s Releasing His 11th Studio Album, ‘Donda 2,’ Next Month

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Topline

Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, announced on Thursday that he plans to release a new album next month, a sequel to dondahis most recent work and a tribute to his late mother.

Highlights

The new album is called 2 and will be released on February 22, the rapper and fashion designer announced on Instagram.

2 is produced by rapper Future, who has collaborated with West in the past.

This is the shortest time West has had between album releases: donda was released in August, and it usually takes him about two years to create an album.

Large number

10. The number of studio albums West has released. 2 will be his 11th. In 2018, West also released an album Children see a ghost with Kid Cudi, and in 2019 his Sunday Service gospel choir released an album jesus was born.

Tangent

Just because West announced a release date doesn’t mean the album is coming that day. West’s ninth album, jesus is kingwas originally supposed to be released in 2018 as Yandhiand was delayed several times before finally being released in October 2019. donda had been in the works for nearly two years and had three different release dates announced ahead of its release this summer. West, a notorious perfectionist, is known to meticulously work on his music hours before scheduled releases, and even changed albums after they were released, as he did in 2016. Paul’s life.

Key context

The art for 2 shows West’s childhood home on fire, an image he used at listening parties to promote donda. The artwork was dedicated to his late mother Donda, who died in 2007 and whose death had a profound impact on West. West made headlines after the album’s release for introducing controversial figures Da Baby and Marilyn Manson and giving them a platform at his listening parties. donda was nominated for three Grammys, including album of the year. Manson, who is being investigated for allegations of sexual abuse, had his appointment as a writer on the song “Jail” withdrawn for an unknown reason. 2 has been first teased by Steven Victor, one of West’s associates and the former chief operating officer of West’s GOOD Music label, earlier this month when he said Complex it’s “arriving sooner than you think”.

Further reading

Marilyn Manson—in the midst of a sexual abuse investigation—loses her Grammy nomination for an unknown reason (Forbes)

Kanye West officially changes his name to “Ye” (Forbes)

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