Donda. Donda. Donda. Over the weekend, Kanye announced his eleventh studio album, Donda 2, will not be available on all streaming platforms but rather on his new Stem Player platform. The highly anticipated album was scheduled to drop 2.22.22 at midnight (doesn't get more Ye than that - something about numerology), but unfortunately, the album was not released on time. Here's what to know.
Ye decided Donda 2 "will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player. Not on Apple, Amazon, Spotify, or YouTube." Why? The singer passed on a $100 million dollar partnership with Apple Music - yes passed, to promote Donda 2 on his very own Stem Player. Kanye explained his reasoning behind the madness: "Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It's time to free music from this oppressive system. It's time to take control and build our own. Go to stemplayer.com now to order." So what exactly is Stem Player? Stem Player is a pocket-sized device that allows users to "split songs into 'stems'" and control everything from the vocals and bass to the drums and music levels. This nifty device is going for about $200 and, according to the website, ships with Donda. Only Ye.
With so much hype around the Donda 2 release, the sequel to his summer album Donda, it was only necessary for the rapper to hit us with something big. Last night, the artist gathered the best of the best to officially put on the "Donda Experience Performance" to drop his newest album. Taking place in Miami, artists such as Migos, Jack Harlow, Marilyn Manson, Pusha T, Fivio Foreign, Playboy Carti, and the queen Alicia Keys all joined Ye in this wild performance. Fans from around the world could experience the show via live stream. Ah, the internet. Following Ye's arrival, fans saw a palpitating heart on the screen, imitating what the rapper uploaded to his Instagram. The artist performed a 45 minutes set, showcasing tracks such as Diet Coke, Eazy, City of Gods, and more.
Now that it's a little past its due date, fans all over the world are craving Kanye's album more than ever. Whether you'll be listening on Stem Player or the deep dark web, make sure to catch Donda 2 to see what the hype is about for yourself.