Update (September 2): Kanye West has unveiled the dramatic visuals for “Come to Life.” The video clip was filmed during the rapper’s August 26th listening event streamed on Apple Music.
“Come to Life” sees West set himself on fire and reunite with Kim Kardashian in a Balenciaga wedding gown.
Update (August 29): The wait is over. Listen to Kanye West's tenth studio album below.
Coming in at one hour and 48 minutes, West's long-awaited album boasts a Jay-Z feature, as well as appearances by The Weeknd, Lil Baby, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, Lil Yachty, Jay Electronica, Playboi Carti, Baby Keem, Young Thug, Lil Durk, Pop Smoke, and Jadakiss. Unfortunately, the album also includes contributions from Marilyn Manson, DaBaby, and Chris Brown.
Just hours before the album dropped on streaming services, West took to Instagram to claim the album was being held up by DaBaby's manager, who refused to clear a verse on the song "Jail." "Jail Pt. 2" is not, however, available on streaming services, suggesting that the issue has not been resolved.
Original Post (August 6): Since his first DONDA listening party earlier this month, Kanye West has been living inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena to finish up the album, and last night the rapper revealed the finished album through another performance.
Leading up to the listening party, Kanye was livestreaming from inside his room at the stadium, where viewers got to see the rapper interact with friends, doing push-ups and lifting weights, and bizarrely, going to sleep. A pre-order for the album also surfaced on Apple Music prior to the event, revealing that DONDA features a total of 24 tracks alongside an August 7 release date.
Once the listening party kicked off, Kanye brought in dancers on stage (a nice addition, since he was completely alone at the last one) and proceeded to play the album, with Travis Scott being one of the first features. Other names include Kid Cudi, Pusha T, Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, Playboy Carti, Francis and the Lights, Jay-Z, and The Weeknd, whose name appeared in one of Kanye's latest Instagram posts and caused fans to speculate the two had worked on a song together.
In terms of the outfits, Kanye sported the spikey Balenciaga jacket from the label's post-apocalyptic Fall/Winter 2020 collection, as well as chunky boots to match. The outfit was also laid out on the floor, in front of a small bed and weights, taken from the rapper's room inside the stadium. It was previously revealed that Ye has worked with Demna Gvasalia on the creative direction of the show, as well as on the merchandise. The rapper also wore his coveted GAP puffer jacket collaboration, and a bulletproof vest with "DONDA" printed across, which was also worn by the dancers on stage.
At the end of the performance, Kanye ascended off the stage, visually representing him finally getting to be close to his mother, Donda, who the album is named after.