July 24, 2021 will mark exactly one year since Kanye West’s 10th studio album,”Donda,” was supposedly scheduled to drop but did not. Two days before this disappointment, Kanye Tweeted, “DND: WTH CHLD this Friday,” followed by a picture of what appeared to be a track list from the album. Considering Kanyes’s history of unfulfilled promises surrounding his albums in the past, the non-release of “Donda” seemed par for the course, though it was still, understandably, frustrating for his fans who have had to endure these types of things for over a decade.
And the July 18th post wasn’t even the beginning of this year-long drama as rumors began prior to the Tweet. In March of 2020, Pusha T revealed that he was in the process of finishing a project with West while Kanye was known to be recording in Cabo. Then on May 25, Arthur Jafa revealed the project on Instagram Live while describing a video for the album. And, even though Kanye released a part of a song called “Donda” on July 13, July 24, 2020 came and went without a new Kanye album.
Finally, today – one day after Consequence added an Instagram post of Tyler the Creator and West listening to a new, unnamed track, assumed to be something from “Donda”- hnhh reported that leaked screenshots of an invitation for a Kanye West album release party were posted to a Twitter account, while an Instagram post from another source read, “There’s a private album listening event happening tomorrow in Vegas.”
Could this time be different? Is a Kanye West release inevitable? Kanye fans are hopeful but remain cautiously optimistic.