Kanye West Plays New Album Donda on Latest Apple Music Livestream Event

Kanye West, July 2021
Kanye West launched another livestream on Apple Music in the lead-up to his Donda livestream event tonight at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. He started playing the album around 10:27 p.m. Eastern as he stood in the middle of a minimal set featuring a bed. The event, which has now ended, streamed on Apple Music. (Pitchfork earns a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)

The album played tonight featured many previously shared songs with some updates and a different track order than last time. Young Thug and Kid Cudi made an appearance on a previously shared song that fans call “Remote.” It also included a few new songs, including one with Lil Yachty and Lil Durk. Track 20 is a new one featuring the Weeknd. Track 15, a new one, featured Jay Electronica and the Lox.

Unlike the previous Atlanta event, this one was significantly moroe theatrical. Kanye was eventually circled in the central stadium stage area by a crowd of bodies. The event ended with his single “No Child Left Behind,” during which Kanye was flown hundreds of feet in the air.

The stream began with a continuous shot of West’s living quarters within the arena, where West and others were seen “finishing” the album. A clock hung on the far wall that counted down to 12:30 a.m. on Friday, August 6. The stream later showed the stadium floor.

Donda was originally set to be released on July 23, following the first livestream event on July 22. The album did not materialize, and West later shared via a representative that the album release date had been moved to August 6.

Kanye West, seen in July at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, appeared at the same venue Thursday night to unveil the latest iteration of his forthcoming album, “Donda.”
It was also reported that West had taken up temporary residency at the Atlanta venue, where he was finishing the album. A pre-order has gone live on the iTunes Store with a black box instead of artwork; it lists 24 untitled songs.

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