Kanye West finally released his new album Donda on streaming services on Sunday, more than a year after it was first announced.
Bu Thiam, manager of the 44-year-old rapper, confirmed the record had been dropped on social media and posted a screenshot of one of the album’s 26 songs alongside the caption, “Listening now Donda.”
Fans rushed to Twitter in the wake of its release to call it “one of the greatest works of art of all time.”
Finally: Kanye West, 44, finally released his new album Donda on streaming services on Sunday, more than a month late
High praise: Fans rushed to Twitter in the wake of its release to call it ‘one of the greatest works of art of all time’
On social media, one person gushed, “I just finished listening to DONDA. That was possibly the most beautiful, breathtaking and angelic album I’ve ever experienced.
“Thank you Kanye. Life will be great. My ears are blessed. This is one of the greatest works of art of all time.’
Another added: “DONDA dropped, I’ve officially left my body,” while a third wrote: “DONDA is album of the decade so far.”
A fourth person tweeted, “You heard it first folks, donda’s okay!” [sic] as a fifth commented, “Okay Donda is actually quite fire.”
Now listening: Kanye’s manager Bu Thiam confirmed the record had been dropped on social media and posted a screenshot of one of the album’s 26 tracks
Donda’s album artwork is a simple black square and the record stands at an impressive 108 minutes.
The album features artists such as The Weeknd, Jay-Z, Young Thug, Travis Scott and Kid Cudi.
The record — named after Kanye’s late mother Donda West, who died in 2007 at age 58 — follows three high-profile listening parties held in both Chicago and Atlanta through July.
It was rumored that Ye’s tenth studio album would be released for the first time in July 2020 and was called Donda: With Child, but he constantly pushed the work back and at one point he tweeted that he wasn’t releasing any new music until I’m done with my contract. with Sony and Universal.”
One fan tweeted: ‘DONDA dropped, I’ve officially left my body’, while a third wrote: ‘DONDA is album of the decade so far’
At one point, Kanye unleashed another feud with Drake and released his address to Instagram followers, seemingly in an effort to draw fans away from Aubrey’s upcoming work, Certified Lover Boy.
Fans noted Ariana Grande’s powerful vocals on the title track, which also features Pusha T and Tony Williams, and credits to producers BoogzDaBeast, FNZ and Ojivolta.
Donda’s release comes hours after Kanye shared a cryptic screengrab of an iMessage conversation he had about controversial artist DaBaby, which seemed to confirm that the artist’s manager was holding back the album’s release.
During the exchange, Bu tells Kanye that DaBaby’s team is not authorizing the release of the song Jail, which has DaBaby on it.
Bu explained that the album won’t be released until DaBaby is removed from the song.
On Thursday, Kanye brought disgraced artist DaBaby onto the stage at his most recent listening party.
Cryptic: Donda’s release comes hours after Kanye shared a cryptic screen of an iMessage conversation he had about controversial artist DaBaby
DaBaby – real name Jonathan Kirk – recently came under fire for making homophobic statements about HIV/AIDS on the Rolling Loud stage in July.
Marilyn Manson also joined Kanye on stage, making it the first time the controversial performer — real name Brian Warner — has been portrayed since his sexual assault case.
Last month, 52-year-old Manson turned himself in to police after a warrant was issued for a 2019 incident in which he allegedly spit on a female videographer.
During the listening party, Kanye was also set on fire for several excruciating seconds.
Inferno: Kanye fell open at his Donda listening party as he set himself completely on fire
The inferno started in a replica of Kanye’s childhood home, where the Stronger rapper sat quietly as he was consumed by the flames.
Despite being fully engulfed in flames, Kanye quietly walked out of the house, dressed in protective gear.
Kanye was also reunited with his estranged wife Kim Kardashian on stage while wearing a wedding dress and veil.
Epic Event: On the dramatic night, Kanye was reunited with his estranged wife Kim Kardashian on stage while wearing a wedding dress and veil
Despite the appearance, insiders say Kim and Kanye are not back together, but are family forever, according to TMZ.
“Kim and Kanye have always supported each other’s efforts and will continue to do so in the future, whether it’s a collaborative effort or not,” an insider told TMZ.
It was added: “Kim was happy to do it for Kanye and the event, which was so important to him.”
Thursday’s epic listening party took place at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Shock Factor: Kanye West was joined onstage at his Donda listening party in Chicago by disgraced performers DaBaby and Marilyn Manson