Gone are the days of only hearing snippets of Kanye West’s sonic mastery from covert footage at his private listening events. To the relief of anxious fans, the musical mastermind is ready to unveil his tenth studio album to the public at his recently-announced public listening party in Atlanta.
According to a post from Live Nation Entertainment and rapper Pusha T, West will present “A Donda Listening Event” at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on July 22 and tickets will release for the event on July 21 in the evening.
Originally titled God’s Country, the project was slated for release in July 2020 but reports from seemingly reputable social media personalities have suggested that the album will arrive later this week. On Monday, Justin Laboy, the host of Respectfully Justin on REVOLT, confirmed via Twitter that West played his new album for him and NBA all-star Kevin Durant. Suggesting its imminent premiere, he wrote, “Kanye West album is really done. When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while. Let me go enjoy all the current artist I’m listening to until then. God bless.“
Kanye West album is really done. When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while.. Let me go enjoy all the current artist I’m listening to until then. God bless✌🏾 #Respectfully
— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 18, 2021
First teasing fans in March 2020, West’s collaboration with Travis Scott on “Wash Us In The Blood” (which is said to also appear on the album) was our initial glimpse into next thematic era. As sermonic interjections of Christian pulpits emphatically underscored the track, West addresses the country’s moral reckoning and pleads for the salvation of his community as he recites “Holy spirit come down, Wash us in the blood.” The track resounds the religious emphasis of Ye’s Christian-rap era, Jesus Is King, while simultaneously drifting away from his yearning for internal refuge and repentance.
Nonetheless, fingers are crossed for the final release of West’s long-awaited Donda , which social media rumors will feature that Westside Gunn, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Pusha T and Baby Keem. The real question is who isn’t ready for the splendid cacophony that will ensue upon its premiere?