Kanye West not only put on a spectacle for the ages Thursday night (Aug. 6) in Atlanta, but one that was truly a one-in-a-billion experience.
Donning a black spiked Balenciaga jacket, full face mask and dark pants, West once again took center stage of a packed Mercedes-Benz stadium with anticipation building for DONDA‘s release.
Over the course of Apple Music’s exclusive live stream of the event, West played the 24-track “final version” of DONDA, complete with features from Jay Z, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, Travis Scott, The Weeknd, Lil Baby, Baby Keem, Lil Yachty, Lil Durk, Playboi Carti, Jay Electronica, The Lox, Vory, Fivio Foreign, Young Thug, Pop Smoke, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, KayCyy among other guest appearances.
This round of DONDA‘s festivities kicked off Aug. 5, as Kanye and company prepared a livestream of him completing the album in his room at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Throughout the 24-hour stream, West was seen sleeping, recording, working out and welcoming in guests leading up to the second listening party.
The performance itself was a sight to behold. Headed by creative director Demna Gvasalia, Ye was surrounded by hundreds of people at stadium center — all donning black attire and emulating his movements throughout the set. The set structure was simplistic, with colorful lighting changes and ending with Kanye levitating via cables at center stage.
One of DONDA’s highlights features Jay-Z, who spits an enlightening verse over Ye’s immaculate guitar-infused production. Shortly after the song, Justin LaBoy tweeted that Jay-Z and West will be dropping “Watch The Throne 2” by the end of this year.
While DONDA has yet to hit digital streaming platforms, an iTunes pre-order of the album indicates that it will be officially released by Monday, August 15. But, it seems as though Ye’s contemporaries feel otherwise, insisting that is could come sooner than expected, saying that it’s “a process” worth waiting for.
Recently, Kanye and company have alluded to dropping “Hurricane” with Lil Baby and The Weeknd as the album’s lead single. The Apple iTunes pre-order shows the song appearing as the album’s second track, as DONDA is now “expected to drop” by Aug. 22.
As fans continue to hold out hope for DONDA’s release, the second Atlanta event proved that we are in the presence of a Kanye era unforeseen.
Keep your fingers crossed for DONDA.