Kanye West’s 10th album Donda , finally arrived on August 29th after lots of build-up from the rapper. Its 27 tracks include euphoric highs that lack connective tissue, a data dump of songs searching for a higher calling.
Delayed by more than a year, Donda is an immediate hit as it debuts at the summit of the Australian albums chart. It’s Kanye’s fourth leader, following Yeezus (June 2013), Ye (June 2018) and Jesus Is King (Nov. 2019).
Donda has featured guest vocalists and rappers like the Weeknd and Lil Baby (“Hurricane”), Travis Scott and Baby Keem (“Praise God”), Young Thug, the late Pop Smoke (“Tell the Vision”), Jay Electronica and the Lox (“Jesus Lord”), Kid Cudi (“Moon”), Pusha T, Roddy Ricch, Ariana Grande (“Donda”) and many more. Notably, at the third listening party, West replaced a Jay-Z verse on “Jail” with a new verse by DaBaby; however, the current streaming version of Donda reinstates Jay-Z’s appearance; “Jail” also credits Brian Warner, a.k.a. Marilyn Manson, as a co-songwriter.
More than half the album’s 27 tracks impact the ARIA Singles Chart, including three in the Top 10, “Hurricane – Version 2” at No. 4, “Jail” at No. 5, and “Off The Grid” at No. 9.