Update: August 29, 2021 10:39 PM STI
Washington [US], Aug. 29 (ANI): After five weeks, four official public listening sessions and much media speculation, Kanye West finally released his album “Donda” on the streaming services Sunday morning.
It’s unclear when the album was released, but according to Variety, a press release from West’s label, Def Jam, arrived around 8:15 a.m.ET. The album’s arrival time thematically coincides with West’s “Sunday Service” performances in recent years.
The album, which lasts almost two hours in its released version, has changed radically over the listening sessions. One in Las Vegas, two in Atlanta on July 23 and August 6, and last Thursday in Chicago, with drastically different song orders and selections and star singers.
Jay-Z, the Weeknd, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Pusha T, the late Pop Smoke, Baby Keem, Jay Electronica, Kid Cudi, The Lox and many more have appeared in their various incarnations.
However, in the third and final event, Jay-Z’s fiery verses on “Jail” were replaced with new ones from DaBaby, triggering a storm of outrage online and several other popular verses were dropped as well.
However, the now released version restored the appearance of Jay-Z and other popular ones, previously removed by Kid Cudi and the Lox. The Weeknd’s verse also appears on the album with frequent West collaborator Mike Dean being credited on several cuts.
Veteran producers Swizz Beatz and Gesaffelstein also received credits on eight-minute âJesus Lord,â one of the most memorable songs of the listening sessions. 88-Keys, BoogzdaBeast, and Jeff Bhasker all received production credits on other songs.
However, âJailâ also featured credit for Brian Warner, aka Marilyn Manson, who made a controversial stage appearance at Thursday’s listening event.
Between DaBaby, who effectively proclaimed himself homophobic with his public comments, and accused sex offender Manson, West has been widely accused of trolling the public, among others, after Thursday’s event.
Oddly, a ‘Jail Pt. 2’ who apparently credited DaBaby with his real name, Jonathan Kirk, appeared on Spotify’s tracklist but was blacked out and could not be played. This usually happens when the song has not been legally allowed to be played by the streaming service due to a copyright conflict or similar complication.
The album’s release also avoided a “release date battle” with Drake which some believe could take place, given the recent social media clashes between the two and the seemingly imminent release of the highly anticipated “Certified. Lover Boy âby the Canadian rapper. album.
According to Variety, West would almost certainly have lost this battle, given the many previews of âDondaâ and his behavior that has polarized audiences in recent years.
It’s also possible that this officially released version of the album may not necessarily be final. Previously, West continued to remix and re-record items from his 2016 album “Life of Pablo” for weeks after it was released on the streaming services. (ANI)