American rapper, singer, record producer, businessman, politician, and fashion designer, Kanye Omari West now Ye, unreleased song “Things Change” from his eleventh studio album project “Donda 2” reportedly leaked online.
“Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player,” he announced Friday, adding for emphasis: “Not on Apple, Amazon, Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own.”
In an interview with Complex on January 4, 2022, record executive and CEO of Victor Victor Worldwide Steven Victor exclusively told the website that West had begun working on a sequel to his tenth studio album, Donda (2021), entitled Donda 2.
Victor later told the magazine that it is “coming sooner than you think”, explaining: “The procession is starting and it’s not stopping.” It is also believed that West was working with Jonty Shelley prior to disclosing the status to Victor.
On January 27, 2022, West announced via an Instagram post that the album would be released on February 22, also mentioning that fellow rapper Future will serve the role of executive producer. He had worked with Future in the past, featuring on his single “I Won” (2014).
West is not just billing it as the sole way to hear “Donda 2,” but also selling it as a device that can “customize any song” and “split any song into stems,” so that users can take other tunes, as well as his, and isolate vocal, drum and bass tracks from one another, as well as save, play back and download distinct mixes that the listener has created.
He has scored other well-known hits, as well, from each of his previous studio albums—such as “Stronger,” “Heartless,” and “Gold Digger.” Each of his albums has been a massive critical and commercial success, including his collaboration album with JAY-Z, Watch the Throne. As of 2021, West has won an astounding 22 Grammys, as the second most decorated hip-hop artist in Grammy history, only behind JAY-Z’s record-holding 23 wins.
Kanye’s sixth solo album, Yeezus, polarized his fan base and the general public but was heaped with rave reviews by music critics. In 2016, West released his seventh and most delayed body of work, The Life of Pablo, which was illegally downloaded over 500,000 times, frustrating fans after its TIDAL-exclusive release. West notably updated the album multiple times on TIDAL after its release.
Quite possibly West’s most surprising contribution to the music industry was his production streak during the summer of 2018, in which he produced five albums. Among these was a collaborative project with Kid Cudi, titled KIDS SEE GHOSTS; along with his eighth studio album, ye, which tied Eminem and The Beatles for eight consecutive chart-topping releases.
The public’s love for Kanye West has been apparent from the get-go, and each of his solo albums, barring his 2004 debut, The College Dropout, has peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 Album Chart. Another major standout, 2008’s 808s & Heartbreak, is largely credited with influencing the next generation of rappers; from the emphasis on heavy beats and melodic instrumentals to the use of auto-tune.
His ninth studio album, Yandhi, was originally scheduled to be released on September 29, 2018, and then again on November 26, 2018. However, West rescheduled the album release, because he felt it wasn’t finished yet. On August 29, 2019, Kim Kardashian-West teased a new Kanye album tracklist via Twitter, with the title Jesus is King.
Kanye seemed to confirm this by clearing his official website and posting the same image of the tracklist with the expected drop date at the bottom, September 27, 2019; almost a year after Yandhi was supposed to be released. However, the release was delayed to October 25th, to release along with his accompanying documentary.
Furthermore, after years of claiming he would run for President, he finally announced so on Twitter which was met with much controversy, many claiming it was a publicity stunt for his forthcoming album, Donda.
On August 24, 2021, West applied to have his name changed from Kanye Omari West to Ye, he cited “personal reasons” for the change. On October 18, 2021, the request was granted. West had alluded to wishing to change his name since 2018 and had used Ye as a nickname for several years prior. In a June 2018 interview, he explained:
I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible. In the Bible it means you. So, I’m you. I’m us. It’s us. It went from being Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye. Just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused – everything. It’s more of a reflection of who we are [as] beings.
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