Tonight, Kanye West is hosting the third livestreamed listening party for his new album Donda. While the last two took place in Atlanta, this one is broadcasting live from his hometown of Chicago, where he’s set up a replica of his childhood Chicago home inside Soldier Field. Watch it happen on Apple Music. (Pitchfork earns a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)
The house was surrounded by vehicles and candles, while a big screen shared Bible verses. Kanye appeared on the stoop alongside Marilyn Manson, who is currently facing multiple lawsuits for sexual assault. A new feature from DaBaby appeared to take the place of a previously shared JAY-Z verse. Multiple new songs were added to the album for its third public debut. COVID-19 vaccinations and tests were reportedly not required for this limited capacity event.
Kanye has been teasing Donda since last year. In July 2020, he shared a song snippet titled “DONDA” that featured a sample of West’s late mother Donda reciting lyrics from KRS-One’s “Sound of da Police.” Later that month, he tweeted and deleted a 20-song tracklist, later sharing an updated, 12-track roster from his next album, called Donda. The LP was supposed to drop July 24, 2020, but never surfaced.
The rapper revived hype around the album just last month, when he announced the first Donda listening party, which took place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on July 22. West premiered Donda at the event, which was scheduled for release the following day. It never appeared.
West later pushed the album release date to August 6, and announced a second Donda listening party, which took place last night, once again at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The event was live streamed by Apple Music. West later revealed that he would finish the album live during the continuous stream, which showed Kanye’s living quarters within the arena and a countdown clock hanging on a wall of the sparse room. Prior to the album being released, Kanye sold a device called the Donda Stem Player.
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This article was originally published on August 26 at 11:10 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on August 27 at 12:42 a.m. Eastern.