Kanye West’s Donda is Finally Out

Kanye West at the The Meadows Music and Arts Festival in 2016.
Kanye West at the The Meadows Music and Arts Festival in 2016. Photo by Carl Timpone/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (6069800ag)

If you’re a fan of Kanye West, rap music, or music in general, you’ve probably been waiting around for a while wondering when West would release his new album “Donda.” Teased for five weeks now with four official public listening sessions and promised release date after promised release date, “Donda” changed dramatically over the course of its various listening events, such that nobody knew exactly what to expect from the album and much speculation and controversy was stirred.

Well, the album is finally out, having been released to streaming services on Sunday morning, along with a press release from West’s label, Def Jam. The album is nearly two hours long and includes 26 tracks with features from a menagerie of artists including The Weekend, Lil Baby, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, Jay Electronica, Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, Young Thug, Lil Durk, Pop Smoke, Jadakiss, and Jay-Z.

While it may have been preceded by what has been called by music fan /u/thenightmonster86 on Reddit “one of the most bizarre album rollouts I’ve ever witness[ed],” Donda is receiving a generally positive response from fans, with another fan, /u/seriouslyokay writing “quite a lot of tracks in this album are fantastic” and /u/burnthebankers writing “Ok, it is ****ing great. Didn’t expect that but **** am I happy.”