It's been two years since the release of 2019's Jesus Is King, but Kanye West's latest album is finally here. More than a month after teasing a new song titled "No Child Left Behind" during a Beats by Dre ad starring track pro Sha'Carri Richardson, the rapper finally released Donda on 29 Aug. Since the album's first listening party, Donda has changed drastically, but the final version of the album does include many big features, including JAY-Z, The Weeknd, and Travis Scott, just to name a few.
It's certainly been a long journey to get to the actual release. Before the Beats ad, several Twitter accounts claimed that West premiered new material at an invite-only event in Las Vegas. Many of the tweets included snippets of alleged new songs from the long-awaited Donda, which was originally slated for a release date of 24 July, 2020. Named in honour of West's late mother, Donda was first teased back in March 2020 before the rapper shared, then deleted, a song via Twitter featuring her voice on 13 July, 2020.
On 22 July, West held an album listening party at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, giving fans a first glimpse at all the songs. The album was initially expected to drop at midnight on 23 July, but was then pushed to an 6 Aug. release date. West also temporarily lived at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in an effort to finish the album, however, after his second Donda album release party on 5 Aug., Donda was not released. Tidal eventually confirmed all the featured artists on the album in an Instagram post following the second listening party. The album was then expected to drop on 7 Aug., but the release date was seemingly moved again when Apple Music updated their information for the album. On 18 Aug., West announced another Donda listening party to be held on 26 Aug. at Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago. The listening party was eventually live streamed on Apple Music and included controversial appearances from Marilyn Manson and DaBaby, which West immediately received backlash for. The listening party ended with West's ex, Kim Kardashian, making an appearance on stage wearing a wedding dress as the two recreated their 2014 nuptials. Ahead, you can hear all the songs from the new album.