Kanye West has been making more headlines lately, due to his latest two-and-a-half-hour “Drink Champs” interview. There has also been speculation that he may be releasing a deluxe edition, for his latest chart-topping “Donda” album.
Kanye Releases Five New Songs
The “Donda” deluxe album has finally arrived, as it includes five additional tracks. These are “Life of the Party” (feat. André 3000), “Up From the Ashes,” “Remote Control pt 2 (feat. Kid Cudi & Young Thug), “Never Abandon Your Family,” and “Keep My Spirit Alive pt 2″ (feat. KayCyy, Conway the Machine & Westside Gunn).”
Life Of The Party was initially leaked to social media a few months ago, by Drake, after it didn’t make the cut, on the original Donda album. Drake did this to troll Kanye, as it was intended to be a Drake diss song. Andre 3000 ended up putting out a statement, as he explained how the song needed a clean and dirty version. The Outkast rapper also didn’t want to be in the middle of Kanye and Drake’s feud.
“A few weeks ago Kanye reached out about me being a part of the Donda album. I was inspired by his idea to make a musical tribute to his mom. It felt appropriate to me to support the Donda concept by referencing my own mother, who passed away in 2013. We both share that loss. It was clear to me that an edited ‘clean’ format of the verse would not work without having the raw, original also available. So, sadly, I had to be omitted from the original album release. It’s unfortunate that it was released in this way and two artists that I love are going back and forth. I wanted to be on Certified Lover Boy too. I just want to work with people that inspire me. Hopefully, I can work with Kendrick on his album. I’d love to work with Lil’ Baby, Tyler and Jay-Z. I respect them all.”
Kanye Used Unique Promotions For ‘Donda’ Deluxe
Over the weekend, it appeared more clearer, that a “Donda” deluxe album would finally be out, sooner, than later. First, a Donda deluxe billboard, was placed in Los Angeles, by the 1Oak venue. Then, it was evident that Donda was coming, in New York City.
There, “clones” of Kanye were spotted, which resembled his outfits. They wore all-black puffer jackets, hats, and also black headphones. They didn’t appear to cause any trouble, as their only goal seemed to be promoting the upcoming project, by Kanye.
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Kanye Also Had Interesting Marketing For Original ‘Donda’ Release
The original “Donda” album was released, back on August 29. Leading up to that, Kanye had three album listening events. Two were held at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and the final one was at Soldier Field, in his hometown of Chicago.
When the album was finally available on streaming outlets, Ye claimed that Universal Music Group put it out, without his permission. Regardless though, it was still released and topped the Billboard 200 chart. Donda went on to become Ye’s 10th consecutive album and is certified gold, by the RIAA, in the US.