Kanye West’s highly anticipated tenth studio album Donda will be released on August 6 after initially slated for a July 23 release.
On July 22nd, Kanye West treated fans to a Donda listening event at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium in anticipation for his album, set to be released the next day.
Additionally, the event was streamed on Apple Music and broke the Apple Music Global Livestream record, with 3.3 million viewers tuning in to watch. This is apparently double the amount of the previous record.
July 23rd came, and fans were rudely awakened to find there was no album.
This spawned hundreds of memes across Twitter, and ‘So Kanye’ began trending.
so kanye album didnt drop huh pic.twitter.com/hwHn2Shvjr
— 🐝cloud 🏳️⚧️☁️🤍 (@ruwuin) July 23, 2021
In an even weirder twist, The Times confirmed just yesterday that West is temporarily living inside Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the listening party was hosted.
— badmanpapichulo (@badmanpapichulo) July 24, 2021
His team has set up a living space, a recording studio and a personal chef for West as he seeks to finally complete the delayed album.
Just the thought of Kanye in the MBS locker room chilling:
“what’s that noise”
*walks out to find a soccer game*
“What are these people doing here!?!?”
— MERCEDESBENZMASTERPIECE (@yeeeeesirski) July 25, 2021
Regardless of the strange circumstances, many fans hope that August 6th will be the last delay in the long-awaited album.
Donda is set to feature an impressive slate of rappers and collaborators such as Lil Baby, Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, Don Toliver, Pusha T, Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Roddy Ricch and Lil Durk.
Based on what was heard in the listening party, the album includes several references to Kanye’s impending divorce from Kim Kardashian.
The album is allegedly similar to his 2019 record Jesus is King, and will also have prominent religious influence.