4LP, Deluxe Edition
Def Jam Recordings – B0034448-01 (2022) US, EU
Kanye West delivers a Deluxe Edition vinyl 4LP-set of the record-shattering Donda, featuring 4 bonus tracks plus fan-favorite verses from Andre 3k, Kid Cudi and more. This release, from one of "the most influential pop stars of the 21st century," served as his tenth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, racking up over 1 billion streams in the first 10 days. Originally previewed at three historic livestream events, the global phenomenon topped charts in 11 countries and set an Apple Music record of No. 1s in 152 countries.
The sprawling Donda offers something for everyone. With its unconventional creation process and release plan, the album also features a single black square as its cover art. The project's title is an ode to West's late mother Dr. Donda C. West. The guest heavy affair features appearances by DaBaby, Marilyn Manson, Chris Brown, Lil Durk, Vory, Lil Yachty, Favio Foreign, Playboi Carti, Syleena Johnson, Travis Scott, Baby Keem, West's Sunday Service Choir, Jay Electronica, Swizz Beats, Conway the Machine, KayCyy, Westside Gunn, Shenseea, Rooga, the LOX and Ty Dolla Sign. Pop Smoke, Francis & the Lights, Kid Cudi, Jay-Z, Lil Baby, and more also appear.
In a review of the project, The New York Times wrote: "Once a wordplay-obsessed, self-aware lyricist, West has shifted in the last decade to a more terse and immediate approach, one that complements his musical shifts toward the industrial and the spiritual. His late-period music makes a trade-off between complexity and directness."