Everything you need to know about Kanye West’s new album – Music News


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Almost exactly a year to the day since it didn’t materialize, it looks like Kanye West is set to release his 10th studio album, DONDA.

And look, given Ye’s story for notoriously messy deployments, we’ll only believe it once we can actually wrap our ears, but given recent signs, it can actually happen this time around.

So in anticipation, we’ve put together all the facts you need to make sense of Kanye’s debut album since 2019.

It’s supposed to fall this week

Neither Kanye nor his label have officially announced DONDA – named after West’s late mother Donda West – or a release date, but rumors have it that the new album could be released this Friday, July 23.

There is evidence that this recording actually exists

Pusha T, who is a close associate and president of Kanye’s GOOD Music label, confirmed that a listening event was taking place in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday.

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A few juicy tweets still add legitimacy to this week’s supposed release date.

One from Def Jam, the label that distributes GOOD Music releases, and another from Mike Dean, Yeezy’s long-term production and mixing partner, who apparently has a very busy week ahead of him.

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Insiders have heard the album before

Over the weekend, images surfaced online of Tyler, the creator in the studio with a hooded Kanye West, indulging in new music.

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NBA player Kevin Durant and internet host Justin Laboy also had a private listening session in Las Vegas, where Laboy emerged promoting the album on Twitter.

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There is a stack of star artists

Kanye also hosted a little listening party at a Las Vegas church on Sunday night, and various reports from attendees suggest a powerful guest list for the album.

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Lil Baby, Future, Ty Dolla $ ign, Pusha T, Kaycyy, and Playboi Carti have all been mentioned, along with Travis Scott, although it’s not clear if that means the single “Wash Us In The Blood” from the last year is on the album, or a new collaboration.

Here are some excerpts from songs, including one with Baby Keem (a signatory of Kendrick Lamar’s pgLang initiative).

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The list of tracks

The eagle-eyed fans of this Tyler video also used the whiteboard in the clip to decipher a tentative list of songs for the new album, which looks like this …

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It’s very different from the one Kanye himself tweeted around the same time last year,

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The artwork

The album art has also changed over the past 12 months. Here’s the original cover art Ye tweeted in July 2020:

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And it is allegedly the cover of the new album, which is based on illustrations created by Louise Bourgeois.

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A Franco-American sculptor, painter and printmaker, Bourgeois made art to overcome the trauma of losing his mother at a young age. She’s arguably best known for her giant spider installations, called Mum, which have popped up in New York City, Bilbao, St. Petersburg, Tokyo, and more.

A new sound (and swear again)

You might remember it with the release of West’s latest album, 2019’s No Curse. Jesus is king, that he said he would no longer do “secular music”.

Well, looks like swear words are back on the menu boys, because Ye apparently broke his rule for follow-up.

Attendees at the Vegas Listening Night say there are “B’s and N’s” in the lyrics. However, it has always been described by those who have heard it as a “gospel” album, centered on themes of Christianity but with more sound variety. “Some slow, some trap, etc. Some songs could be played in a church, others in a club.”

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Others have presented the production as “light years ahead of its time”, relying on the sounds of Jesus is king but going back to the variety of older albums like Pablo’s life and Late check-in.

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All this hype could be for nothing …

Hey, like we said in Game 1, we’ve all been burnt by the Kanye hype before.

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