Kanye West has shared four new tracks from his upcoming sequel album to last year’s ‘DONDA’, titled ‘DONDA 2’.
The album was originally set for release on February 22, 2022, with a promise that he would refrain from using his phone until the release of ‘DONDA 2’. Kanye continued using his phone, and the album has yet to show up.
Four new tracks have appeared, however, on Ye’s ‘Stem Player’, a device sold for $200 a pop that would allegedly feature the full album upon release.
In a now-deleted tweet, Ye announced: “Thank you, producers, first four Donda 2 tracks live, Security’, ‘Pablo’, ‘Open Road’ and ‘We Did It Kid’.”
The rapper didn’t mention when the rest of the record would be released and now faces criticism from fans who bought the pricey listening device.
Ye’s announced last week that 'DONDA 2' would not be headed to streaming services.
“‘DONDA 2’ will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player, not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes,” he said on Instagram ahead of the release of ‘DONDA 2’.
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The player allows fans to alter Ye’s music through ‘stems’, meaning they can change vocals, drums, and bass on different tracks.
Ye made $2.2 million (£1.6m) overnight through sales of the Stem Player. “I walked away from Apple right after having the most number 1’s in Apple history. Song Writers have been really hurt by streaming platforms,” he said.
On Tuesday night, fans attended a listening party in Miami where they were played 45 minutes worth of music including several unreleased tracks such as ‘Flowers’, and collaborative tracks ‘Eazy’ with The Game and ‘Diet Coke’ with Pusha T, who appeared on stage with Ye.
Gemma Ross is Mixmag's Editorial Assistant, follow her on Twitter