After rumors of a potential release coming soon, (some) fans will be able to hear Kanye West’s long-awaited album Donda this week.
On Thursday, fans can listen to West’s newest album at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. It’s still not clear when the album will be released to the public, but we can be sure that the follow up to 2019’s Jesus Is King will be one of the most talked about albums of the year. Especially considering West’s last few months.
Justin Laboy, one of the few who have been privileged to hear the album already, tweeted about the album on Sunday night. West held a private listening party for Laboy and Kevin Durant, and the duo loved it.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR. DONT @ ME pic.twitter.com/baaL9fHKOv
— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 19, 2021
“The production is light years ahead of its time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again,” Laboy tweeted. “Any artist who plan on dropping soon should just push it back.”
West also played the album for attendees at Church LV in Las Vegas. One brave listener posted a Twitter thread about the album, calling it “a gospel album with Lil Baby.”
The album is really about having faith in God and overcoming adversity. Kanye speaks on personal struggles and struggles others face. Positive messages that you can turn up to.
— NigelDPresents (@NigelDPresents) July 19, 2021
According to listeners, the album shows West exploring his faith and speaking into his personal struggles. West has had a lot to say about his life and the world around him for the last two decades, and 2020 was a tough year for him. From a failed presidential bid to a divorce from Kim Kardashian, fans will get to hear the artist’s thoughts on life on top of surely infectious beats — something Kanye West does best.