Kanye West rose from his bed in the Mercedez Benz Stadium in Atlanta to host a second listening party at the arena last night. It turned out to be one of his most expressive shows to date.
West has been living at the stadium for the last couple of weeks as he continues to add the finishing touches to Donda, which was initially slated to arrive on July 23rd. However, Kanye being Kanye, the rapper has delayed the record and has left fans in the dark.
The past two weeks have been spent on him updating the album, and the rapper shared the latest version of Donda with the fans in attendance in Atlanta last night.
Ye’s surreal concert was streamed live on Apple Music, and millions tuned in to hear the record for the first time. The stream began with a shot of West’s living quarters within the stadium, where the rapper is seemingly still working on the album.
One thing to note from the performance is the track order has completely changed since his showing at the same stadium two weeks ago. Kanye has also sought out features from Young Thug and Kid Cudi on ‘Remote’, which weren’t there a fortnight ago.
It looks set to be another album heavy with features, as there are also more new collaborations with the likes of Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, The Weeknd, plus Jay Electronica.
The latest Atlanta event saw Kanye lean into his theatrical side, and it became incredibly indulgent at points. The most surreal moment of the stream came at the end when Ye was flown hundreds of feet in the air during his performance of ‘No Child Left Behind’, appearing as if ascending to the heavens.
Earlier in the concert, West was inexplicably surrounded by a flock of bodies in the middle of the stadium. It’s the kind of vision that leads many to call Ye a creative genius.
However, until we hear the record, the jury is still out.