Kanye West has validated that the follow-up to his Donda album is on the way. “DONDA2 COMING 2 22 22 EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY FUTURE,” the rap star — who now ends up going by Ye — disclosed on Thursday morning (Jan. 27) along with a picture of a billboard with the official release date in huge numbers over the front.
The sequel to 2021’s 26-track growing collection named after Ye’s late mother will be the first sequel initiative in West’s 10-album latest album catalog, and no extra details on interesting applications or a first single were accessible at press time.
Complex magazine clarified previously in January that the next Donda collection had been in the works, citing G.O.O.D. Music CEO/Universal Music Group senior V.P. of A&R Steven Victor, who stated, “Ye has started working on his new masterpiece, ‘Donda 2.’ “He also stated that Donda 2 will be released “sooner than you think.” The work has begun and will not be stopped.”
After multiple disruptions and failed release dates, the first Donda was eventually released on Aug. 29, 2021, following a series of sold-out stadium listening groups at which West performed the then-in-progress collection, whose recording and guest list proceeded to transition before — and after — its release.
The previous Donda showcased a slew of guests, including Jay-Z, Playboi Carti, Lil Baby, and The Weeknd, as well as debatable appearances by Marilyn Manson and DaBaby.
West, who is legendary for declaring and then rescheduling launch dates and infinitely toying with his music before — or even after — it’s launched, hasn’t revealed any new details about Donda 2. An official spokesman for the rapper has yet to respond to requests for additional comment.
West has made headlines in recent weeks for his brief fling with Uncensored Gems star Julia Fox, as well as his ostensibly unanswered request that he be given final cut and authorization over the 20-year-in-the-making three-part docudrama, Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, which will be released on Netflix on Feb. 16.
The only new music from Ye recently is a collaboration with The Game called “Eazy,” which was released on January 14 and features West venting on Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson, who is now happily dating the MC’s former wife, Kim Kardashian.
Enthusiasts of the rapper have already expressed their excitement for the album in the comments section of his Instagram post. While one of them joked that the album would be “on repeat,” another already dubbed it “Album of the Year.”
“I’m aware that some people are about to start losing their sh*t. They have no idea what’s going to happen. Maaaaaaaaaaaaan LET’S GOOOOO, “another fan commented
This isn’t the first moment Kanye West has mentioned his childhood home in Chicago. In one of his Donda music events last year, he had a scale model of his house that was built in the core of Soldier Field in Chicago.
The live performance was also the talk of the town because he invited hotly debated musicians DaBaby and Marilyn Manson to perform on the steps of his residence.
The rap star released the album in August of 2021, and it is now nominated for a number of Grammys, which include Album of the Year and Rap Album of the Year. Hurricane, a song from the album starring Lil Baby and The Weeknd, is also nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance.