Kanye’s “Donda” Has Finally Arrived – But Not How He Hoped It Would

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Kanye West’s new album “Donda”, which was postponed for weeks, finally got released on Sunday, Aug 29. However, it didn’t go as the rapper wanted it to.

On Aug 25, Kanye had another release party in Chicago, where people could listen to the latest versions of the songs included in the album. And as everybody noticed, the significant changes were made in the song “Jail” – instead of featuring Jay-Z, it was with DaBaby (who also showed up to the listening party). The situation created many questions on the internet (which is not surprising), due to the recent scandal around the “Rockstar” rapper and the fact that he replaced such a legend as Jay-Z. Eventually, the second version of the song didn’t make it to the released album. 

The reason why the DaBaby version has been cut is because of his manager, who didn’t clear DaBaby’s verse, and that’s why the whole project was delayed as well. However, after an hour since the album appeared on all DSPs, the “Jail 2” with DaBaby showed up in it. How his manager did it no one knows, but it’s living and breathing and available everywhere now. 

But the most interesting part of the story is that after the release of the album, Kanye shared a post on Instagram saying, “UNIVERSAL PUT MY ALBUM OUT WITHOUT MY APPROVAL AND THEY BLOCKED JAIL 2 FROM BEING ON THE ALBUM.” 

According to the latest interactions between the artists, Kanye planned to release his album on the same day with Drake, who is about to introduce the “Certified Lover Boy” album. The fight between them started years ago, but a new wave of disses started a few weeks ago, when one member of Kanye’s team posted a tweet saying that they are looking for Drake’s release date. The other side didn’t wait for long to respond, that ended up with Drake dissing Kanye on a new song “Betrayal” with Trippie Redd and announcing his plans to present a new album on Sep, 3. Moreover, Complex states that Drake’s fans vandalized Kanye’s old house, which proves that the “beef” between them is real. 

This makes total sense why Kanye made this post on Instagram, explaining why his album came out so suddenly.