Kanye West (the artist officially known as Ye) has reportedly started working on his next studio album, following the release of Donda last year. The new project is presumed to be a sequel to the previous record, as not-so-subtly hinted in the title: Donda 2.
News of West’s follow-up to Donda comes courtesy of Steven Victor, senior vice president of A&R at Universal Music Group. More importantly, Victor is also currently the chief operating officer of G.O.O.D. Music, the record label founded by the musician in 2004.
“Ye has started working on his new masterpiece Donda 2,” Victor tells Complex, suggesting that West’s first-ever sequel is on the way.
Despite the preemptive “masterpiece” label, Ye fans have been burned too many times to get too excited about the new album just yet (see: the long-awaited Yandhi, which never materialised after its announcement in 2018).
Even Donda was released significantly later than expected in August last year, following the theatrical (and controversial) listeningparties that Ye held in Atlanta and Chicago. When it did arrive, the record broke Apple Music’s streaming records and was certified gold in under three weeks.
Naturally, the details of Donda 2 are also firmly under wraps for the time being. It remains to be seen whether the album will see Ye reunite with Drake, following the Larry Hoover benefit concert that saw them put aside their longstanding feud.
Elsewhere, West is also at work on something titled The Funeral Rehearsal of Kanye West, which he discussed with Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal in an interview shared last month. Read more about the musician’s thoughts on capitalism, communes, and staging his own funeral here.