Kanye West has walked through the valley of the shadow of death and back many times: his billion-dollar divorce, a failed presidential run, and the passing of his late mother Donda—all have inspired the rapper's recently released album, DONDA.
Included in the album are a few standouts like the track Jail featuring close friend Jay-Z. It had a few clever double entendres pertaining to both artists' works, despite their public dispute. Many were also anticipating Praise God featuring Travis Scott and Baby Keem, Moon with Don Toliver and Kid Cudi, and God Breathed featuring Vory.
In anticipation and promotion of the momentous drop, West held 'listening parties', an event where artists play previews of their songs before its official release. But West being himself, the rapper gave the audience a show that was almost comparable to a full concert.
The songs were instant hits, making everyone's heads bob in sync. Three listening parties later, people have predicted that the album would be his best work so far.
Instead, we received a hodgepodge of songs that include strains of his older sound and polyphonic harmony. While fans eagerly savour the 108-minute album and consider its duration a treat after a month-long delay, others also feel the need to broach its conflicting themes and lack of brevity.