Kanye West held a massive listening party for his upcoming album, Donda.
Nearly 42,000 people pulled up to Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Jasmine Brand points out 5,000 of the attendees were HBCU students who received the tickets for free. His ex-wife, Kim Kardashian, and their children showed up. Rick Ross was also in attendance.
The party was scheduled to start at 8 p.m., but it reportedly didn’t begin until around 10 p.m.
When Kanye came out, he was silent for most of it, except when he performed his songs. He sported an all-red outfit and had some sort of nude cover on his entire head.
— 333 (@kwekuananse0) July 23, 2021
A notable moment was when Ye played his collaboration with Jay-Z. It’s reported Jay wrote his verse the same day of the listening party. HOV’s verse has fans excited at the possibility of a Watch The Throne 2 when he rapped,
“God in my cells, that’s celly. Made in the image of God, that’s a selfie. Pray five times a day, so many felonies. Who gon’ post my bail, Lord help me. Donda, I’m with your baby when I touch back road. Told ’em stop all of that red cap, we goin’ home. Not me with all of these sins, casting stones. This might be the return of The Throne, Throne. Hova and Yeezus like Moses and Jesus. You’re not in control of my thesis.”
Jay z and Kanye .. this is fucking mad https://t.co/r9dmCu0Mpu
— kenzyd (@kenzy___d) July 23, 2021
Other features on the project include Lil Baby, Pop Smoke, 2Chainz, Lil Durk, Pusha T, Baby Keem, Travis Scott, and more. The highly anticipated album is named after Kanye’s late mother, Donda West, who passed away in 2007. Check out some clips from the evening:
— Def Jam Recordings (@defjam) July 23, 2021
— BET (@BET) July 23, 2021
Fans were excited and thought the album would drop at midnight. However, it hasn’t been released as of yet. This is what hip hop is saying:
— Zay (@Zayskii) July 23, 2021
— Masenkane Dhlamini (@DaMystroh) July 23, 2021
— Eoin (@Eoin_l_) July 23, 2021
— David Sanchez (@dsanchez7835) July 23, 2021
We’ll keep you updated when it drops! How do you feel about it so far? Let us know!