American rapper and producer Kayne West released his 10th studio album, âDonda,â on August 29, 2021. Fans have been waiting for months to hear new music written by West and his co-artists. The album racked up 94 million streams on Spotify and 60 million on Apple Music in a single day.
The album consists of 27 songs, featuring various artists on each track. The album focuses on his late mother, Dr Donda C. West, whose name it is named, as well as themes of God and faith.
While the album had been in the works for about 18 months, a lot of hype built up around West and his new creation. However, once the album was released, fans were disappointed with what they heard. Many say that the spirit is missing from ‘Donda’, which was clearly portrayed in his previous albums.
I was also disappointed with the whole album. Each song has a different vibe, which makes the album seem almost incoherent. While there are a few songs that I particularly enjoy, like ‘Hurricane’ and ‘Jail’, I think not all songs were hit-worthy, which West is very capable of.
Each song features various artists, who seemingly sing more of the song than West actually does, resulting in West being the lead voice for every song on the album. Listening to each song, I wondered if I liked hearing different voices of musicians, which added variation in sound, or if I wanted to hear more of West, since he is the author and producer of songs.
Listening to each song, I wondered if I liked hearing different voices of musicians, which added variation in sound, or if I wanted to hear more of West, since he is the author and producer of songs. “
– Karlie Saed ’23
As each song played, I realized that this album was more of a tribute to his mother than an album filled with hit songs. West clearly knows how to write and produce award-winning albums, but has chosen to focus primarily on honoring his mother instead of for the people.
Overall, West’s latest album, âDonda,â left many fans unsure and with a mixture of feelings. West is known to be beyond creativity in the music industry, so there is no doubt that he will be able to bounce back from that slight downfall and produce another album that will return to the top.