Album review: Kanye West’s “Donda” Breakout Weekend

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After being teased around May 2020 and undergoing a name change from God’s Country, Kanye finally delivers his next huge hit. 

The album starts with “Donda Chant” featuring Syleena Johnson who says Donda, Kanye’s late mother’s name, 58 total times. That was the age that Donda passed away, showing Kanye was going to come with a lot of thought-provoking moments on this album. 

Second track “Jail” to the fourteenth track “Heaven and Hell” were the highlights of the album. Which in perspective for a 27-song album is amazing. Not to mention, “Tell The Vision” and all of the part two songs are captivating . 

Jay-Z, who was reportedly off the album right before Donda dropped, was the first true feature with Kanye. 

Some other artists who featured were Playboi Carti and Vivio Foriegn on “Off The Grid,” Lil Baby and The Weeknd on “Hurricane” and Don Toliver with Kid Cudi on “Moon”.

The album drew inspiration from Kanye West’s mother Donda West, who passed away in 2007, and his recent divorce with his ex-wife Kim Kardashian. Kanye looks to God for guidance in these trying times.

Kanye, who is known for producing most of his music, shows why he can get away with it with this album. With an insane amount of techniques to put the beat together, he manipulates the 808s’ snares, synth keyboard and even organs, in a masterful performance. 

Even the build up to the release was brilliant. With Kanye streaming the album from multiple stadiums like Mercedes Benz Stadium and Soldier Field.

On top of starting a Drake beef twelve years ago and continuing it this year, the two were going to be getting compared for their albums this year.

There were no losers in the scenario, as the two artists were going to get paid immensely, and the fans would get good music. 

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