Kanye West Donda

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: February 11, 2022
  • Originally Released: 2022
  • Label: Def Jam

Entertainment Reviews:

Billboard - "Ye recruits a cornucopia of emerging and established hip-hop acts, from Fivio Foreign on 'Off the Grid' and Jay-Z on 'Jail,' and reaffirms his ability to curate monumental moments in the genre that are bigger than Ye himself."
Paste (magazine) - "West dips his toes back into secular music with a sparse, experimental foray into pain and healing..."
Clash (Magazine) - "DONDA ups the ante with appearances by Fivio Foreign, Lil Baby, The Weeknd, and Playboi Carti. before really bringing out the literal big guns with Conway the Machine, Westside Gunn, Kid Cudi, and Roddy Ricch."

Product Description:

The first noticeable thing about Kanye West's tenth studio album, Donda, is its mass. With 27 tracks, a running time of an hour and 48 minutes, and a dense list of contributors including Jay-Z, Kid Cudi, Roddy Ricch, Jay Electronica, Travis Scott, Lil Durk, and many, many more, Donda is poised to be an epic statement, an all-out event. The music itself tells a different story. Still bearing the religious overtones of 2019's Jesus Is King, West assembles the sprawling Donda from minimal, often eerie arrangements. This is perhaps most apparent in the conspicuous absence of drums from many of the tracks. The hooky "Jail" sounds like a rocked-up version of something from Graduation, with Auto-Tuned vocals swimming happily around crunchy guitars. It's a banger with no bang, though, waiting until the last seconds of the song to bring in a brief, stilted drum pattern. "Tell the Vision" also lacks a forceful rhythm track, stitching together a stumbling piano loop with fragmented hi-hat skitters to hold a ghostly verse from Pop Smoke. Traces of the old Kanye show up alongside this new subtractive approach. "Junya" is upbeat and confident, with a cheery church organ sample and another skeletal rhythm track serving as a backing track for lively flows. We're reminded of West's production mastery when he cuts up a Lauryn Hill sample for standout track "Believe What I Say," while "Lord I Need You" carries diminished echoes of the grandiose pop magnitude of My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, and the thick bass and abrasive rush of "God Breathed" would fit in on Yeezus. Donda isn't without its highlights, but taken as a whole it's both confused and confusing. The album is purportedly a tribute to Kanye's late mother, Donda West, who died in 2007. Donda's presence is felt throughout the record, in particular during moments like the somber beauty of "Jesus Lord," and more directly on the song that bears her name and includes audio of her speaking. ~ Fred Thomas

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