Donda

Donda

Noah Lewis, Entertainment Editor

The tenth studio album, “Donda,” by Kanye West was released August 29. This release was heavily anticipated by fans such as myself, mainly because of the many postponed release dates.
“Donda” was originally announced to be released on July 24, 2020, but that didn’t end up happening, obviously; it seemed to be another one of his scrapped projects that would be forever lost. The album was not heard again until July 22 of this year, when Kanye played the whole album at Mercedes Benz Stadium.
The album was postponed again for another two weeks while Kanye and his team converted the stadium into a studio to finish the project. Those two weeks came around, and there was another event production and mixing from before, but again the album was delayed for another two weeks.
The third listening party after the third delay was in Chicago, Kanye’s home town, and was at Soldier Field. This one was the best of the three performance-wise as Kanye rebuilt his childhood home in the middle of the field to serve as the stage.
There were also some other odd things that happened during the event, like replacing a Kid Cudi verse with a sample of the old meme “The globglogabgalab’,” and bringing out Marilyn Manson on the stage as he was now included in the song “Jail Pt. 2” as a background vocalist.
Finally, after three days of the last event, the album came out and was packed with 27 tracks and was heavily dedicated to both spreading of the Gospel and his late mother Dr. Donda West after her unfortunate passing in 2007. Kanye has admitted to not taking the time to ever fully grieve over her, and this album was to serve as a sense of closure.
This album consists mostly of great songs like “Moon,” “Off the Grid,” “Come to Life,” and “Believe What I Say,” just to name a few. My personal favorite song was “Believe What I Say” because of the upbeat vibe put in the song and the sample from Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop,” which really pieced the song together giving it it’s upbeat feel.
Even with everything in mind and all the postponing, this album in my eyes was one of the greatest works — if not the greatest Kanye has put out. This in my opinion is the best way he could have devoted something to the memory of his mother.