Everything we know about Kanye West's DONDA

A year after it was set to drop, Yeezy’s 10th record is finally coming. From release date to confirmed features, here’s everything we know about it.

by Douglas Greenwood
21 July 2021, 12:37pm

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Kanye West is rap’s most unreliable figure when it comes to release dates, but he always delivers when the time comes. Fans are now gearing up to hear his 10th studio record, DONDA, supposedly dropping later this week, over a year after he said it would originally drop. Named after his late mother, it’s bound to be one of the most talked-about records of 2021. 

So what do we know about it? When’s the official release date, and is it even official? Will we be able to hear teasers beforehand? And what collaborators are set to appear on the tracklist? All this and more below!

What is DONDA’s release date?

According to Kanye and his label, 23 July is the day DONDA drops. It’s been a long path to this moment. Last summer, DONDA was originally meant to drop on 23 July under the title God’s Country before being changed to DONDA, but clearly something has switched up in the year that’s passed. It’s not yet known how much the record has changed in that time, or if any of the original tracks have made the cut. Yeezy has a habit of making last minute changes, but this feels legit. 

Who features on DONDA?

No Kanye album is complete without a shopping list of A-list collaborators, and it seems like DONDA is no different. A listening party held in Las Vegas last weekend has offered up a few hints at who may be appearing on the record. Pusha T, G.O.O.D. Music’s president, is a given; apparently their shared track is a head-to-head rap battle. Lil Baby has also made the cut.

The listening party also gave us a preview of i-D cover star Baby Keem’s feature on the record too. Other names attached but unconfirmed include Post Malone, Tyler, the Creator and Travis Scott.

Kanye tends to have a strong hold on production, but French artist Gesaffelstein has revealed he’s worked on the project -- namely the new track "No Child Left Behind", which premiered last night as part of a Beats by Dre advert during the 2021 NBA finals starring track and field sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson

What’s the DONDA tracklist look like?

Eagle-eyed fans have noticed that a Yeezy-adjacent tracklist popped up on Tyler, the Creator’s IG story recently. Is it legit? We don’t know yet. It does feature the aforementioned “No Child Left Behind” though, which bodes well! If Tyler’s story is to be believed, there’ll be 10 new Yeezy tracks coming our way on Friday. 

Who created the DONDA artwork?

Louise Bourgeois is the artist behind Kanye’s rumoured DONDA artwork. The legendary French-American artist is known best for her large-scale sculptures, particularly her spider pieces, which usually stretch across whole spaces in her gallery exhibitions. Bourgeois died in 2010, but her work was often a metaphor for motherhood, which may explain why Kanye could have chosen her as the artist to visually represent an album dedicated to his late mother. 

Will there be a DONDA tour?

No live dates have been announced for Kanye’s 10th album, but don’t be surprised if that changes. He hasn’t toured Europe since 2012 for Watch the Throne, nor has he played to live crowds in the US since The Life of Pablo in 2016. Long story short: a stadium tour is way overdue. 

So is there a DONDA livestream?

Indeed there is! Before the record drops on Friday 23 July, Apple Music will livestream a behemoth-sized playback party from Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium, which has a capacity of 70,000 people. When does the livestream start? 8pm EST. 

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