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  • Writer's pictureDJ DALEY

Kanye West - 10th Studio Album, Donda is here.

Updated: Oct 30, 2021

Kanye West's highly anticipated 10th studio album, Donda, named after the American rapper's late mother, Donda West is here, released on 29 August 2021, 27 tracks with 1hour 48 minutes duration and features Jay Z, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Kid Cudi, Don Toliver, Syleena Johnson, Stalone, Chris Brown, Swizz Beatz, Jay Electronica, Pop Smoke, Sunday Service Choir, Marilyn Manson, Shenseea, Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Baby, The Weeknd and more.

There had been a number of high profile album listening parties for "Donda'' in the past month in Atlanta and Chicago, this had also garnered a lot of momentum for the album release as the listening parties were vastly live streamed to the rest of the world and reported to be the most watched Apple Music Livestream ever.

Having thoroughly listened to this whole project, I feel that it's an exemplary body of work from Kanye West, this is another Yeezy's masterpiece, as he's renowned for pushing the boundaries, I mean 27 tracks and almost 2 hours of playtime, I bet very few artistes can get away with that in today's music world, hence Kanye's exceptional take on "Donda" is a big risk that paid off.

I got lot of favourites on the album, "Believe What I Say" is one of my personal favourites, the sampling of Ms Lauryn Hill "Doo Wop - That Thing" is like bringing the old school vibes back,

quite nostalgic to anyone that ever listened to Hill's 1998 The Miseducation - Album.

"Jail" featuring Francis And The Lights & Jay Z is a very cool track, Ye & Jigga shine greatly on this track, which is actually one of the major gems on the album.

"Ok Ok (Part 2)" featuring Rooga & Shenseea is a standout track for me on Donda, it's got the elements of Hip Hop & Bashment vibes, merging rap with dancehall, the tune is club focused and danceable. I love the beat and chorus, quite catchy!

"Hurricane" featuring Lil Baby & The Weeknd, a very uplifting tune, The Weeknd's vocal on this track is just too magical, Lil Baby's verses were also on point, this is definitely a top radio friendly track.

"Lord I Need You" featuring Sunday Service Choir is a very inspirational cut, definitely a song with a mass appeal, regardless whether you believe in religion or not, you gonna feel this tune, it's just one of those likeable tunes and Kanye poured his hearts out in this one.

You have to listen to the whole album to get the "Donda" listening experience, it's a very creative project, sort of a cinematic feel, that's what I feel whilst listening to this album, it's much more greater than just an album listening experience, it's a whole different vibe entirely and the diffusion of gospel and secular music on this album is also very impressive, like the best of both worlds, "Donda" is quite different from Kanye's 2019 - "Jesus Is King" Album which was purely gospel influenced and 2018's more secular inclined, Ye Album.

"Donda" on the other hand is more of a bridging the gap process between the secular and gospel "Kanye West" and I feel that with Donda, Kanye is able to find that balance between his gospel and secular self, and that's just what the "Golddigger" rapper delivers eloquently on the 27 tracks "Donda" project and he did it successfully.

The Donda project is a phenomenal one and I truly believe that this will always be one of the best albums from Kanye West.

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