Now, the lyrical genius that is said to be back in the studio working on his next project: "Donda 2." But when is the release date? Here's what we know so far.
When is the "Donda 2" release date?
Kanye fans are in luck, as the artist confirmed on Instagram that the highly-anticipated sequel to "Donda" is slated to arrive on Feb. 22, 2022, and will be executive produced by fellow rapper Future. In a surprise post shared at 12:08 p.m. EST on Jan. 27, 2022, Ye revealed to fans that his next project will debut in less than a month. The reveal was accompanied by an image of the artist's childhood home engulfed in flames, much like the set of his final "Donda" listening party in Chicago.
Prior to his Instagram confirmation, music executive Steven Victor told Complex that Ye is currently working on another album, which Steven referred to as Kanye's "new masterpiece." Given the fact that the "Father Stretch My Hands" rapper has now cemented that the project will indeed be a follow-up to "Donda," it will be the first time that he has put out a sequel album ever.
Will Kanye actually release "Donda 2" on time?
As devout Kanye fans know, the timeline for the original "Donda" album may be an indication of when we can expect its successor. We know that the release date for the first album was pushed back multiple times from the originally promised date: July 24, 2020. He tweeted and deleted the tracklist and held multiple listening events for it. And when it came out, Kanye said it was released against his will.
In a now-deleted Instagram post, Kanye said, "Universal put my album out without my approval and they blocked jail 2 from being on the album."
And let's not forget that even after "Donda" was released, the tracklist changed multiple times. From the original list of songs he tweeted, only a handful were available on the final project.
Then, after the album went live, two songs were taken off that had features with Chris Brown and KayCyy Pluto. But the latter was eventually put back on. Kanye also changed up the sound on four songs, according to Newsweek: "God Breathed," "Come to Life," "Jail pt. 2," and "Junya."
If all of this is any indication of Ye's general creative process, we could be waiting for "Donda 2" for a while with lots of ups and downs in between, even though he just promised an end of February delivery.
How many albums has Kanye West not released?
If there's anything we know about Kanye, it's that he's pretty serious about his craft and not every project he works on sees the light of day. In fact, up to now, there are reportedly 10 unreleased albums that he's worked on over the years including "Cruel Winter," "Good Ass Job," "Love Everyone," "So Help Me God," "Turbo Grafx 16," "Watch the Throne 2," "Yandhi," and "Yeezus 2." Plus, there was that collaboration with Drake called "Wolves" that will probably never happen now. Who even remembers that Donda: With Child movie?
Given how much is up in the air at the current moment, there isn't much else to be said about the project outside of Ye's confirmation. His track record of announcing albums and not releasing them is pretty damning, so it's entirely possible that we'll never hear "Donda 2" anyways.
Another stroke of inspiration could hit him at any moment and it would be like this sequel was never even a thought. Nonetheless, stay tuned to Distractify for more details on the project when and if they emerge.