Yeezy is coming.
After much speculation, Kanye West has confirmed that his 10th solo studio album DONDA will be published on Friday 23 July. The announcement was made in a new Beats by Dre commercial starring song sensation Sha’Carri Richardson that aired during Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The 60-second spot, which was scored and edited by Kanye, features a new song called “No Child Left Behind.”
DONDA will premiere at a sold-out listening event at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday, streaming live worldwide via Apple Music at 8 p.m. ET.
Earlier this week, Kanye previewed the album to a select group of friends and fans at a church in Las Vegas. The album, whose preliminary track listing has been leaked, is said to feature collaborations with Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Pusha T, Post Malone, Playboi Carti, Westside Gunn, Baby Keem and more.
Kanye also performed his latest work for Kevin Durant and web personality Justin Laboy, who raved about Ye’s new music. “The production is light years ahead of its time, and the bars sound like he’s broke and trying to redraw hungry,” he tweeted. “The guy changed the sound of music on this project.”
Kanye played his new album for me & @KDTrey5 last night in Vegas. Man listen! The production is light years ahead of its time, and the bars sound like it’s broke and hungry to be redrawn. Any artist who plans to drop soon just need to push it back . #Respectful
— Respectfully Justin (@JustinLaboy) July 18, 2021
DONDA, named after Kanye’s late mother, arrives nearly a year after its original July 24, 2020 release date. It follows that of 2019 Jesus is king, which topped the charts and won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Album.