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Kanye West for the December 2005 issue of Dazed
Kanye West for the December 2005 issue of DazedPhotography Matt Holyoak

Kanye West’s Donda release is reportedly pushed back to next month

The rapper’s tenth studio album failed to materialise after Thursday’s listening party

In case you missed the news, Kanye West’s Donda is yet to materialise, despite the massive listening party that was livestreamed from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Thursday night.

Now, Justin Laboy has provided an update. In a post shared to social media, the internet personality announces that the rapper’s tenth studio album has been pushed back a couple of weeks, and is set to arrive on August 6. 

“Kanye West will move the release date of Donda to August 6th,” he writes. “Thanks for your patience he wants to give his fans the best possible product without rushing anything. He loves yall with all of his heart. God bless #Donda.”

While there’s no official confirmation from Kanye himself (and clearly any date should be taken with a pinch of salt), Laboy does appear to have some amount of insight into the project. Alongside basketball player Kevin Durant, he was treated to a play-through of the album last week, ahead of the public event in Atlanta.

Ahead of the listening party, Kanye West teased a new track titled “No Child Left Behind”, as the soundtrack to a Beats ad starring America’s fastest woman, Sha’Carri Richardson.

At the listening party itself, he didn’t speak a word, silently roaming the vast stage as the new material played through the stadium’s speakers. Tracks included an exciting list of features, from a reunion with Jay-Z, to collaborations with Pusha-T, Travis Scott, Lil Baby, Baby Keem, Jeremih, Lil Durk, Roddy Riich, and Pop Smoke, as well as spoken word from Kanye’s late mother, Donda.

Revisit Dazed’s report from inside the Donda listening party here. While you wait for the album to drop, you can also take solace in the best memes from its chaotic rollout here.