Kanye West: Donda

The first stadium listening party had the entire music industry in a complete frenzy. I was looking at the festivities from my mobile phone in awe due to the shock level. That level of shock seems to reach new heights every time Ye decides to make his presence known again. After seeing West’s liquid red ensemble prance around proudly as fans vibe in unison, I was ready to hear it for myself. Well, who would’ve known that I had to wait with the rest of the world? Nobody thought that Ye would settle into the Mercedes Benz stadium, but he had more work to be done to the album. He ended up having another listening session to give the people another sample. This time, people were prepared to experience something unique, to say the least. 

There’s a war going on outside no one is safe from. That explains the Donda bulletproof vests and black funeral clothes on to attend a Kanye West experience these days. After the second listening party, a lot of cap were going down with rumored release dates. 3rd time was the charm once Ye left Atlanta and took the show back home to the Chi. Once everything was moved to the hometown, I felt like “now” the countdown is on for the long-awaited album to finally drop. Sure enough, the album dropped Sunday with the quickness. The day is very intentional, with Ye soulful samples mixed with gospel undertones. In a Baptist church, a service typically goes for 2 hours. Ironically enough, the 27 tracklist almost cracks the 2-hour mark. 

Records like “Off the Grid”, “Praise God”, “Ok Ok”, and “Moon” are just a few notable records that come to mind when thinking about Donda highlights. Guest appearances were pleasant surprises since the track-list doesn’t show who’s on as a feature. I had no choice but to relax and let my ears enjoy the journey. The only speed bumps that came along were the non-explicit version muting curse words out. Not seeing an explicit version available told me that he wanted the best music, under his level of integrity. The theme that I got out of listening to Donda was “spirit” and the many sides Ye shows throughout the project. As his mother being the clear topic of discussion, the part in question that came along was his current spirit in conjunction with the holy spirit infused soundtrack. His roller coaster of emotions rides on wealthy highs and lonely lows. A star-studded cast on production and musical genres made history in paying respects to Donda while praying for better days with Mr. West. Jay-Z, Travis Scott, The Lox, Playboi Carti, The Weekend, Lil Durk, Lil Yachty, Don Tolliver, Kid Cudi, Conway The Machine, Westside Gunn, and Young Thug just to name a few. 

The Part 2 sessions were a definite reminder of how it is in church and the band continue jamming to the song with a remix. Whether it’s Part 2 or the original, let us know what songs speak to you by commenting below. 


Writing is a craft that LaMon "Noy" Byrams developed at a young age, but never used it on a professional level. After interning at DTLR/VILLA, the company decided to acquire his literary talents to write compelling articles focused on their latest shoes and sneakers.

August 31, 2021

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