Kanye West album ‘Donda’ finally arrives, claims music label released it without his ‘approval’
Kanye West album ‘Donda’ finally arrives, claims music label released it without his ‘approval’

It's finally here. More than a month after Kanye West's long-awaited 10th studio album was initially scheduled to be released, "Donda" is streaming online. The 27-song album, which arrived unexpectedly on Sunday morning, features West's musings on his late mother (the album's namesake), mental health and criminal justice. In early reactions, fans raved over the rapper's new work. "This album is the best thing to happen to me this year," Twitter user @kaeelum wrote. "Album of the year already," @Juni_Millz added. "This one can't be topped." "DONDA isn’t just an album, it’s a cultural reset," @kanyeg1rl wrote. 'Donda':Kanye West joined by DaBaby, Marilyn Manson at controversial listening event, social media reacts On Sunday afternoon, West claimed Universal Music Group, parent company to Def Jam, released the album without his approval. "UNIVERSAL PUT MY ALBUM OUT WITHOUT MY APPROVAL AND THEY BLOCKED JAIL 2 FROM BEING ON THE ALBUM," he wrote in an Instagram note. USA TODAY has reached out to UMG and Def Jam for comment. A handful of "Donda" songs seemingly nod to Kim Kardashian filing for divorce from West this past February after nearly seven years of marriage. They share four children: North, 8, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2. "I pray that my family they never resent me / And she fell in love with me as soon she met me / We both got it bad mama, bag is more heavy / We have to start countin', it's gettin' too petty," West raps in "Off the Grid." Kanye West debuted his "Donda" album at an event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22, 2021, in Atlanta. But could the two still have it "bad" for each other? On Saturday, Kardashian confirmed that she joined West onstage Thursday night wearing a veiled Balenciaga Haute Couture wedding dress from the fashion house's fall 2021 collection, though she stayed mum about what it meant for their relationship.

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