The seemingly impossible just happened at the end of Kanye’s album release event in Atlanta.
Kanye played “DONDA” for tens-of-thousands of fans at Mercedes Benz Stadium Thursday and saved the best for last, a track with Jay Z.
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Jay’s producer and engineer, Young Guru, tweeted, “HOV did the verse today!!!! At 4pm” … a possible reason the event’s start was delayed almost 2 hours.
West wore all red — a look he made famous back in 2010 — and danced and paced around as tracks blasted through stadium speakers. The album had audio snippets from Kanye’s late mother, Donda West, throughout and features from artists like Travis Scott, Lil Baby, Don Toliver, Vory and Playboi Carti.
Nevertheless, fans are already calling for a “Watch The Throne” sequel. Believe it or not, next month marks the album’s 10-year anniversary. The duo haven’t collaborated musically or otherwise since then. Good to see they’ve made up and are ready to work together again.
The first sample from “Donda” came via a Beats by Dre commercial this week, featuring his track “No Child Left Behind” and track star, Sha’Carri Richardson. Kanye’s 10th album is his first since going gospel in 2019 with “Jesus Is King” but seems to still have a religious theme.
For his listening party, he gifted 5,000 tickets to faculty, staff and students from some Atlanta HBCUs. His now ex-wife Kim Kardashian was in attendance, with her and Ye’s four children, and her sister Khloe Kardashian.
His rumored new boo, supermodel Irina Shayk was not in attendance.