Watch Pete Davidson joke about Kanye West “pulling a ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’”

Elsewhere in the set, Davidson asked “does anyone else secretly Kanye pulls a Mrs Doubtfire?” referencing Robin Williams’ 1993 film where the actor disguises himself as a Scottish housekeeper to see his children during a bitter divorce. “I come home one day and they’re like ‘this is the new housekeeper’. He’s like “what’s up fam?’”

Davidson also spoke about his friend Jack Harlow appearing on Kanye West’s ‘DONDA‘. “People ask does that bother me? No. He’s a rapper, that’s his field. That’s what they do” explained Davidson. “That doesn’t hurt my feelings. It would hurt my feelings if I saw (comedian) Bill Burr at Sunday Service.”

It comes after repeated attacks from Kanye West. Earlier this year his video for ‘Eazy’ saw the rapper kidnap and kill a claymated version of Davidson. The track also features the line “God saved me from that crash / Just so I can beat Pete Davidson’s ass.

Though he initially kept quiet on the matter, Davidson responded to West’s attacks a few days after the second ‘Eazy’ video landed, writing to the rapper in a text: “I’ve decided I’m not gonna let you treat us like this anymore and I’m done being quiet.”

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At the end of Davidson’s sets at Netflix Is A Joke: The Festival, Machine Gun Kelly – a close friend, former housemate and longtime collaborator of the comedian – came onstage to perform a surprise three-song set. The pair duetted on the ‘Mainsteam Sellout’ cut ‘Ay!’, while MGK performed ‘Candy’ and ‘Make Up Sex’ by himself.

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Kid Cudi says new Pusha T track will be the last time he raps with Kanye West

“Hey! So I know some of you heard about the song I got w Pusha. I did this song a year ago when I was still cool w Kanye,” Cudi wrote on Twitter. “I am not cool w that man. He’s not my friend and I only cleared the song for Pusha cuz thats my guy. This is the last song u will hear me on w Kanye -Scott.”

Hey! So I know some of you heard about the song I got w Pusha. I did this song a year ago when I was still cool w Kanye. I am not cool w that man. He's not my friend and I only cleared the song for Pusha cuz thats my guy. This is the last song u will hear me on w Kanye -Scott

— The Chosen One : I 💖 YOU FRESHIE 4EVER (@KidCudi) April 19, 2022

Back in February, West announced that Cudi would not be appearing on his latest album, ‘Donda 2’, because of his friendship with Saturday Night Live‘s Davidson.

“Just so everyone knows Cudi will not be on Donda because he’s friends with you know who,” West wrote in a letter posted to his socials. “You know who” appeared to refer to Davidson.

“We all speak in Billie language now,” the note also said – seemingly a reference to Billie Eilish, who West recently called on to apologise to Travis Scott after he thought she had dissed the Houston rapper onstage.

Cudi responded to West on Twitter, saying the pair had “talked weeks ago about this”. “You’re whack for flipping the script and posting this lie just for a look on the internet,” he tweeted. “You ain’t no friend. BYE.”

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He also commented on Ye’s post, writing: “Too bad I don’t wanna be on ur album u fuckin dinosaur hahaha everyone knows I’ve been the best thing about ur albums since I met u. ima pray u for brother.”

Last month Kid Cudi shared a new track called ‘Stars In The Sky’ – you can listen to it here.

The upbeat, synth-driven song was recorded for the soundtrack to Sonic The Hedgehog 2, which arrived in cinemas on April 8.

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Coachella 2022 fans are “bummed” about Kanye West dropping from line-up, “excited” for other headliners

“I feel like he’s dealing with some demons and anyone who needs support, we should give them that grace,” Emma McCardell, a 26-year-old attendee from Seattle, Washington said when asked about Kanye’s drop from the line-up. “If people need space, let them have their space.”

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Her partner, James who is also 26, shared in that sentiment. “It sucks that it was so last minute, but it feels like we’re watching him go through the worst moment of his life which is super weird because he’s such an outspoken guy.”

Both fans bought their tickets before seeing the line-up and were excited to see Phoebe Bridgers, Vince Staples, Denzel Curry, and Billie Eilish.

“She’s such a performer, and she cares so deeply about her music,” Emma said of Eilish. “I’m really excited to see it happen.”

As far as who they would’ve gone with for Sunday night’s closeout set, James said the “Silk Sonic rumours” had gotten him really excited, before adding that Elton John would’ve also been a great pick “for the history”.

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Dan Flynn, a 23-year-old attendee from New Port Beach, said he “really liked” that Kanye pulled himself from the line-up, adding that he’d “prefer to see someone whose along the lines of EDM music”.

His friend, 25-year-old Evan Clark of Los Angeles, agreed. “As much as we love Kanye West, I feel like he was going to pull out the whole time,” he said. “Old Kanye is not new Kanye. Hopefully, Swedish House Mafia fills his boots.”

Clark also said that he thought Goldenvoice, the producers of Coachella, missed out on the opportunity to bring out “an old school rock and roll band” before saying: “my new vote is AC/DC to replace Kanye.”

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Another attendee called Jane Marshall from Los Angeles said that she was “bummed” at first that Ye was dropped from the line-up but also felt like he needed to “sit down” because of his recent remarks.

She also remarked, however, that after watching the Netflix documentary Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy, she’d had renewed “respect for Kanye as an artist” and felt like she was “missing out” on not seeing him.

Although Marshall mentioned she wasn’t too excited about The Weeknd headlining since she’d seen him play multiple times in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, she was excited about Megan Thee Stallion‘s set, although she felt the Houston-born rapper should have actually topped the festival’s bill.

Nima Chetlany, from San Francisco, was “pretty bummed” when Kanye pulled out, ” because she’s a fan even though he’s somewhat questionable.” She would’ve preferred a Tame Impala or Frank Ocean, headline, however, as opposed to Swedish House Mafia, or at the least, The Weeknd take the stage by himself.

The Coachella 2022 weekend has been filled with surprise guests and performances. Arcade Fire played a secret set on the first day of the festival, performing tracks from upcoming new album ‘WE’, due out next month.

Harry Styles headlined the night and was joined on stage by Shania Twain, who performed her hits ‘Man! I Feel Like a Woman!’ and ‘You’re Still The One’.

During his 18-song set, Styles gave a live debut to record-breaking comeback single ‘As It Was’ as well as live debuts to new tracks called ‘Boyfriends’ and ‘Late Night Talking’.

Carly Rae Jepsen also debuted a brand new track called ‘Western Wind’, which she had been teasing for the past few weeks; Justin Bieber teamed up with Daniel Caesar for a performance of their collaborative single ‘Peaches’.

Friday also saw Phoebe Bridgers joined by Arlo Parks for two songs during her set, while Saturday’s proceedings were headlined by Billie Eilish, who was joined onstage by Damon Albarn for a two-song cameo.

Check back at NME all weekend for more reviews, news, interviews, photos and more from Coachella 2022.

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Kanye West doesn’t think The Game should have made Dr. Dre ‘Drink Champs’ comment

The rapper’s remark garnered all types of reaction online and sparked a debate on who of the two producers actually did more for him.

The latest guest to appear on Drink Champs is Snoop Dogg, who has worked with both The Game and Dr. Dre. During his interview, N.O.R.E. brought up the comments made by The Game.

Before taking Snoop’s opinion on it, the show’s co-host revealed that he showed West the specific clip and he responded by saying: “I don’t think Game should’ve said that.”

Snoop then said that he can’t agree or disagree with The Game’s opinion. “That’s his personal experience,” Snoop said. “Kanye could’ve shown him something, Dre not really good at showing you nothing. He’s basically good at bringing your talents to light, to where it’s about you not what he do for you.

He added: “I couldn’t answer that, but Game is my little homie so I respect everything he say and do.”

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Meanwhile, Kanye West has made his debut on Forbes’ billionaire list alongside Rihanna and JAY-Z.

According to the annual list, Rihanna has now become the world’s richest female musician with a net worth of $1.7billion (£1.3billion), largely thanks to her Fenty Beauty business and Savage X Fenty lingerie line.

She sits at number 1,729 on the worldwide list of richest billionaires, with JAY-Z following at 2,076 with a net worth of $1.4billion (£1.1billion). West sits higher than both of them at 1,513 with a net worth of $2billion (£1.5billion).

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The Game says Kanye West has done more for his career lately than Dr. Dre ever has

It comes after The Game recently appeared with West, now legally known as Ye, on their collaborative track ‘Eazy’ and he appeared at the ‘Donda 2’ listening party last week.

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Although he doesn’t elaborate further in the clip, his comments come despite the fact Dr. Dre signed The Game to his label Aftermath Entertainment in 2003 and he went on to produce his successful 2004 debut ‘The Documentary’.

Meanwhile, West recently updated his bespoke Stem Player platform to add 12 new songs to ‘Donda 2’, bringing it up to a current total of 16 tracks.

It comes after he said the record would only be available to listen to on his Stem Player device. First released alongside the original ‘Donda’ last year, the device – available for $200 (£150) – allows owners to remix the album’s songs using stems of vocals, drums, bass, samples and more, plus effects and other controls.

The rapper said he had made over $2.2million (£1.6m) in Stem Player sales in the 24 hours following his announcement it would be the only way to listen to ‘Donda 2’.

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Earlier this week, West also shared photos of himself in the studio with Baltimore dream-pop duo Beach House, suggesting that a collaboration between the two may be on the way.

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Kanye West shares four tracks from ‘DONDA 2’ on his Stem Player device

He gave no indication as to when any further tracks will be released from the record.

THANK YOU PRODUCERS
FIRST FOUR DONDA 2 TRACKS LIVE
SECURITY, PABLO, OPEN ROAD, WE DID IT KID
GO TO https://t.co/81me2iWKLs
CONNECT YOUR STEMPLAYER
CLICK GET DONDA 2
STAND BY FOR MORE pic.twitter.com/URMvdGtaCQ

— STEM PLAYER (@stemplayer) February 23, 2022

It comes after West held a listening party for his forthcoming new album and a live event in Miami, last night.

Fans were played around 45 minutes of music, including both previously-unreleased tracks such as ‘Flowers’ and recent collaborations like ‘Eazy’ with The Game along with Pusha T‘s latest single ‘Diet Coke’, with Pusha appearing onstage alongside Ye as it played.

Other unreleased tracks West played featured the likes of Migos and Jack Harlow, both of whom also appeared beside Ye as their respective contributions played.

Following an appearance from Ye’s Sunday Service Choir, the event moved to a live performance, with the him performing multiple songs from ‘Donda’ – including ‘Hurricane’, ‘Off the Grid’ (featuring Fivio Foreign and Playboy Carti) and ‘Jail 2’.

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For the latter, Ye was joined by the track’s controversial featured artists: Marilyn Manson, who is facing multiple allegations and lawsuits accusing him of sexual assault, which he has denied, and DaBaby, who faced backlash last year after making homophobic comments during a festival appearance.

Fivio Foreign and Alicia Keys also appeared alongside West to perform their recent collaboration, ‘City Of Gods’.

Kanye revealed late last week that ‘Donda 2’ would only be available to listen to on his Stem Player device.

Over the weekend, he said he had made over $2.2million (£1.6m) in Stem Player sales in the 24 hours following his announcement it would be the only way to listen to ‘Donda 2’.

“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,” West said of his decision to release ‘Donda 2’ exclusively through his Stem Player in a since-deleted Instagram post.

“Some say I’m the only one who can make this change. So as the leading innovator in music of the past 20 years. I’m putting my own work on the line to change it. I’ve already won by not being afraid to move. Now we’re winning because there are true supporters that have invested their hard earned money in my vision of freedom.”

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Charlamagne Tha God calls out Kanye West over Pete Davidson feud

Charlamagne, who co-hosts The Breakfast Club alongside DJ Envy and Angela Yee, has shared his thoughts on West’s recent outbursts over Kardashian and Davidson, who the radio host is friends with.

Kardashian recently asked West to stop his threats before someone does something dangerous to the Saturday Night Live comedian. The Breakfast Club included Kardashian’s reaction in their Rumor Report segment and Charlamagne weighed in.

“Kanye is the epitome of just because someone does something good for you doesn’t mean they’re good for you,” he said.

“Like I’ve said before, in regards to the streets, he’s gon’ learn that wolves don’t make great house pets. He needs to stop playin’ like that,” he added. “And Also, Kim K has been rich her whole life. She’s been rich since she was born. Right? Now, she’s wealthy. So, what do you give the woman who has everything? Normalcy.”

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“That’s what Pete is giving her right now. Normalcy. Pizza, ice cream, and Staten Island… It’s driving him crazy that he has all that money and she’s not interested in none of that right now. Just be a good father to your kids and let the marriage go, king.”

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He continued: “We gotta stop d-riding dysfunction, too. Like, literally, if this was anybody else, and not Kanye West, and he wasn’t the rich, successful person, we walk around wearing his shoes, y’all would have all types of slander for his lame activity right now. His lame behaviour right now, for the way he won’t leave Kim alone right now. So, knock it off.”

West has said that he is “working on his communication”, and “takes accountability” for recent comments regarding his estranged wife.

“I’ve learned that using all caps makes people feel like I’m screaming at them,” he wrote in a new message on Instagram last night (February 15), referencing a spate of recent all-caps posts, and adding that he is “working on my communication.”

He added: “I can benefit from a team of creative professionals, organizers, mobilizers and community leaders. Thank everybody for supporting me. I know sharing screenshots was jarring and came off as harassing Kim. I take accountability. I’m still learning in real time. I don’t have all the answers. To be a good leader is to be a good listener.”

Meanwhile, West has announced details of a new performance in Miami for his forthcoming new album ‘DONDA 2’ on the album’s prospective release date.

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Kanye West announces ‘DONDA 2’ listening party in Miami on release day

According to the post, the ‘DONDA 2’ listening party will take place at LoanDepot Park in Miami, Florida on February 22 (2/2/22), the prospective release date for the new album. Tickets are on sale at midday tomorrow (February 14).

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‘DONDA 2’ is said to be executively produced by Future, while Marilyn Manson is also working on the album.

Kid Cudi, however, won’t be appearing on the album, after West posted a since-deleted letter on social media saying that Cudi will not appear on the record due to his friendship with SNL comedian and Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend, Pete Davidson.

In the handwritten note shared to Instagram yesterday (February 12), he told fans: “Just so everyone knows Cudi will not be on Donda because he’s friends with you know who.” “You know who” appears to refer to Davidson, who is in a relationship with West’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.

In a further Instagram post, West then re-shared a photo of himself, Cudi, Davidson and actor Timothée Chalamet at a 2019 dinner party, but Davidson’s face is crossed out.

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In the caption, he wrote: “I JUST WANTED MY FRIEND TO HAVE MY BACK THE KNIFE JUST GOES IN DEEPER.”

Meanwhile, West made a surprise appearance at the LA premiere of Netflix documentary jeen-yuhs over the weekend (February 11). Speaking to the crowd after the screening, the star addressed people trying to cancel him and DaBaby – who was with him – and revealed Apple Music had offered him $100million (£74m) to release ‘Donda’.

In a four-star review of the first part of jeen-yuhs, NME said: “With footage dating back to 1998, the story of West’s momentous move from Chicago to New York in search of a big record deal is caught on film by Coodie. He grants us access to West’s Newark, New Jersey home and follows the budding star on the streets and into the studios of NYC.”

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Kanye West makes surprise appearance at LA premiere of Netflix doc ‘jeen-yuhs’

According to Variety, West arrived 15 minutes after the screening had started and was given a chair in the front corner of the room. Afterwards, he joined the co-directors on stage, hugging them.

Still from ‘jeen-yuhs’. Credit: Netflix/Sundance

“When you have people next to you that believe in you and a community that sticks together, that’s the way that we can protect each other,” the rapper said, addressing the crowd. “Hollywood a lot of times – like I got my man DaBaby right here – people try to cancel us and we all run away from each other and scatter or we be not talking to each other, not communicating.”

He continued by using late NBA star Kobe Bryant using a homophobic slur during an LA Lakers game in 2011 to illustrate his point. “When Kobe died, there’s people that brought up his mistake, but I always felt that that was a setup, that was something to diminish the man because he never learned how to be a slave,” he said.

“This man spoke Italian. This man could play ball. This man spoke multiple languages. he never learned a certain kind of mentality.”

West reportedly also claimed that Apple Music’s Global Creative Director had offered him $100million (£74M) to release ‘Donda’, but the star turned down the fee because he “never got a meeting with Tim Cook”.

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“So, it ain’t about the money,” West added. “It’s about our power and our respect collectively.”

In January, West made a statement about jeen-yuhs on Instagram, in which he said: “I must get final edit and approval on this doc before it releases on Netflix. Open the edit room immediately so I can be in charge of my own image.” In a later interview, Coodie and Chike confirmed that the rapper’s request would not be granted.

In a four-star review of the first part of jeen-yuhs, NME said: “With footage dating back to 1998, the story of West’s momentous move from Chicago to New York in search of a big record deal is caught on film by Coodie. He grants us access to West’s Newark, New Jersey home and follows the budding star on the streets and into the studios of NYC.”

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Kanye West shares release date for ‘DONDA 2’

Now, West has taken to social media to announce that the follow-up to last year’s ‘DONDA’ will arrive on February 22 and that it will be executive produced by Future.

“DONDA2 COMING 2 22 22 EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY FUTURE,” West wrote on Instagram. The post comes alongside a mockup image of his childhood home, on fire and on a billboard pole, with the date “2 22 22” displayed on the side of it.

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News of West’s new album comes after various clips of footage surfaced of him in the studio with rappers Scarface and Blueface. West was also said to be in the studio with both Post Malone and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes this past September.

West released ‘DONDA’ on August 29, last year after multiple delays throughout the month and several changes to the album itself. The progress of the album was charted through several listening parties, where West would make changes to it following each one.

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In a three-star review, NME described ‘DONDA’ as “incredibly – and unnecessarily – long”.

“There are plenty of seeds of what could be good ideas here, and some legit great tracks, but had he taken a little more time to edit things, this could have been a classic,” the review read.

Meanwhile, West has recently said that he believes paparazzi should share the profits they make from photos with the artists being photographed.

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Kanye West spotted in the studio with Blueface

In a statement to Complex Magazine, Steven Victor – who worked with West as COO of his label, G.O.O.D Music – claimed that West was working on what he described as “his new masterpiece”.

West later confirmed Victor’s statement in a text message conversation with Moneybagg Yo. “I got to lock in with you on Donda 2,” West texted the Memphis rapper. “Money in front of us. Bullshit behind us.”

Moneybagg Yo was recently seen in the studio with Ye, The Game and controversial NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Kanye And Blueface👀 pic.twitter.com/vrEOY1rSK4

— Rap301 (@_Rap301) January 13, 2022

 

The news of West working on new music comes under a week after footage surfaced of him in the studio with rapper Scarface. West was also said to be in the studio with both Post Malone and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes this past September.

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West revealed this week that he’s planning to release a new song soon – one that is likely to feature Pusha T, The Game and DJ Premier.

The rapper and producer, who is now legally known as Ye, spoke about the plans during a recorded phone call with Premier earlier this week, which has since surfaced online.

He was also spotted with Madonna and a host of other notable celebrities listening to Drake‘s music during a gathering in LA on Wednesday (January 12).

West released the original ‘DONDA’ on August 29, after multiple delays throughout the month and several changes to the album itself. The progress of the album was charted through several listening parties, where West would make changes to it following each one.

In a three-star review, NME‘s Rhian Daly described ‘DONDA’ as “incredibly – and unnecessarily – long”.

“There are plenty of seeds of what could be good ideas here, and some legit great tracks, but had he taken a little more time to edit things, this could have been a classic,” the review added.

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Kanye West named as a suspect in criminal battery case

“A fan says he saw Kanye sitting in his car and walked up to the window to ask him for an autograph,” journalist Gigi Graciette said in her televised report. “Words were exchanged – what those words are, well, that’s all part of the police investigation – but the fan told officers that Kanye jumped out of his car, called him some … words not suitable for television, and then punched him, knocking him to the ground.”

Graciette noted that West is under investigation by police, however the alleged incident is being treated as a misdemeanour battery case – which carries a maximum jail sentence of six months – meaning it’s unlikely West will be formally charged.

Shortly after the news was aired, TMZ posted a video of West engaging in a heated exchange between two unknown figures in a public street. The surreptitiously filmed clip, said to be shot “sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning”, appears to show West yelling: “Did y’all say that or not? Because that’s what happening right fucking now.”

The publication reported that West was seen earlier in the night at West Hollywood supper club Delilah.

NME has reached out to representatives of West for comment.

The news comes just hours after West was announced as one of three headliners for this year’s Coachella (alongside Billie Eilish and Harry Styles), where he’s billed under his legal name, Ye. Yesterday (January 12) also saw the rapper reveal that he’s planning to release a new song – likely featuring Pusha T, The Game and DJ Premier – later this week.

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In more unusual news, it was reported on Wednesday (January 11) that West was planning a trip to Moscow later this year, where he would host a performance with his Sunday Service troupe and meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. A representative for West later called the reports “entirely fabricated”.

This week has also seen West share a new music video for the ‘DONDA’ cut ‘Heaven And Hell’, as well as a trailer for the forthcoming Netflix documentary Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy. At the start of the week, footage emerged of Kanye letting a fan freestyle for him in a New York City street.

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Cordae shares throwback video of himself rapping over Kanye West’s ‘Gone’

‘From A Bird’s Eye View’ is due out on January 14 via Atlantic. It follows the April 2021 release of his four-track EP ‘Just Until…’ – for which he teamed up with A Tribe Called Quest founder Q-Tip, Young Thug and Raphael Saadiq – and is set to feature the singles ‘Gifted’ (featuring Roddy Ricch), ‘Super’ and ‘Sinister’ (featuring Lil Wayne).

Earlier in the year, Cordae teamed up with Eminem and Jack Harlow for a new version of the former’s track ‘Killer’. The original version of the song appeared on Eminem’s most recent album, ‘Music To Be Murdered By – Side B’.

Meanwhile, West recently teamed up with Drake for their ‘Free Larry Hoover’ benefit concert, which took place in LA earlier this month. It marked the ‘DONDA’ rapper’s monumental reunion with Drake after the pair put an end to their longstanding feud, and saw them perform together for the first time since 2016.

In a five-star review of the concert, NME said: “Tonight it turns out that you don’t need to have faith in anything other than the power of two talents at the top of their respective games to have a near-religious experience. Here’s to making up with your enemies.”

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Proceeds from Kanye West’s Larry Hoover benefit merch reportedly won’t go to charity

A range of limited edition merchandise was produced for the concert in collaboration with Balenciaga designer Demna and Amazon Fashion. The line included a hoodie, t-shirt, jumpsuit, jeans and a hat, each with the slogan “Free Hoover” emblazoned on them. Prices ranged from $60 (£45) to $360 (£271).

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The items went on sale online yesterday (December 10) with a 72-hour shopping window and can still be purchased here.

The concert was also livestreamed for free via Amazon Prime and shown at select IMAX cinemas across the US.

Hoover, 71, was convicted of ordering the killing of a 19-year-old drug dealer in 1973 and was given a sentence of 150-200 years. He co-founded the Chicago gang Gangster Disciples and was the group’s leader until 1995. In 1997, he was given a further six life sentences for federal drug conspiracy, extortion and continuing to engage in a criminal enterprise.

The jailed man has unsuccessfully appealed to be released from prison or moved to a lower security institution. His supporters claim he has been kept in “severe isolation”, including being kept in solitary confinement for as long as 24 hours a day.

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West previously tried to get Donald Trump to pardon Hoover in 2018. Larry Hoover Jr, who appeared on ‘DONDA’, said the benefit concert would spread his dad’s “plea for redemption worldwide and show that we are truly stronger together on behalf of any and everyone with a loved one wrongly or unjustly incarcerated”.

In a five-star review of West and Drake’s Free Larry Hoover benefit concert, NME said: “Tonight it turns out that you don’t need to have faith in anything other than the power of two talents at the top of their respective games to have a near-religious experience. Here’s to making up with your enemies.”

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Soulja Boy says Kanye West got him kicked off other rappers’ albums

Now however, Soulja has claimed that West is to blame for him missing out on other feature spots. In an Instagram Live broadcast, he claimed that both Stunna 4 Vegas and Lil Yachty have also cut him from songs.

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“This is a PSA. This is a public service announcement. None of you rappers call my phone no more, please. I’m begging y’all,” Soulja said.

“Kanye, this is your fault,” he said. “Before this ‘Donda’ album shit, nobody wasn’t trying Big Draco like that. Now you got Lil Yachty sending me songs, and taking me off the song. You got Stunna 4 Vegas sending me songs, and putting the songs out with Big Yavo and SSG Kobe. What is going on around here?”

Meanwhile, West recently ended another longstanding feud, with the rapper set to play a ‘Free Larry Hoover’ benefit show this week with Drake.

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West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, revealed last month that Drake would join him for the benefit concert this Thursday (December 9) at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The concert follows a reunion between the two artists.

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Aerial footage shows huge stage being built for Kanye West and Drake’s benefit show

Last week it was reported that tickets for the event were going for around $7,500 (£5,667) [via HipHopDX].

Schreiber wrote in a caption alongside the aerial footage: “Massive build out tonight for the Ye (formerly Kanye West) and Drake concert set for Dec. 9th at the LA Coliseum. Looks like a circular mound is being built with sand and concrete or stucco. At first, thought this was a monster truck rally setup.”

Massive build out tonight for the Ye (formerly Kanye West) and Drake concert set for Dec. 9th at the LA Coliseum . Looks like a circular mound is being built with sand and concrete or stucco. At first, thought this was a monster truck rally setup. @CBSLA #Ye #Drake #KanyeWest pic.twitter.com/Z56DrbTcY5

— John Schreiber (@johnschreiber) December 6, 2021

Ye had extended an olive branch to Drake and invited him to appear at the forthcoming Los Angeles show to raise awareness and advocate for the freedom of Hoover, who is currently serving six life sentences for charges relating to gang activity.

Hoover’s son urged Drake to accept Ye’s peace offering, saying Drake is “a leader and leaders make decisions that people follow”.

Meanwhile, Drake has been named in at least one lawsuit pertaining to the crowd surge tragedy at Travis Scott‘s Astroworld that left 10 people dead.

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Directors of Kanye West documentary ‘jeen-yuhs’ discuss the Netflix project

One part of the sit down hears Simmons recall meeting West – now legally known as Ye – for the first time, when he was a kid coming in for haircuts at a local Chicago barbershop.

“He would come with beats,” Simmons recalls in the clip. “I remember he had the one beat that JAY-Z picked later on in life called H to Izz-O [‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.)’]. Yo, this was so ill. Here was this kid with braces … talented. This dude wasn’t scared of nothing.”

Ozah describes the film is a “whole history lesson of music”. He adds: “We’re crossing generations in three films. At the end, Kanye is collaborating with artists that were babies. But the crazy part is that Kanye’s a throughline; still as relevant at the end as he is in the beginning because his music passes the test of time.”

You can watch the pair discuss jeen-yuhs below:

Earlier this week it was revealed that Kanye West is currently working on a plan to help the homeless population of Los Angeles.

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According to TMZ, the rapper has joined forces with philanthropic organisations in a bid to tackle the problem in the California city. It’s said that Ye recently sat down with Reverend Troy Vaughn, CEO of homeless charity LA Mission, to outline four ways he can help.

The rapper and producer wants to continue providing food to homeless people by partnering with various charities in LA. Additionally, he’s looked at using his own companies to provide education, jobs and housing to those in need.

Meanwhile, the bear costume famously used on tour and in promotional duties for Kanye West‘s 2004 debut album, The College Dropout, has been put up for sale for $1million (£740,000).

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Kanye West confirms Drake performance at upcoming ‘Free Larry Hoover’ benefit concert

The ‘Free Larry Hoover’ benefit concert will take place on December 9 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. No ticketing details have been announced yet.

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The concert marks progress after a reunion between the two feuding artists took place last week. In an Instagram post, Drake and Ye are seen posing alongside music executive and Ye’s friend J. Prince. Ye captioned the image with an emoji of a white dove.

Hoover’s son Larry Hoover Jr. spoke about the upcoming concert in an interview on the Murder Master Music Show published on YouTube on November 18.

Hoover Jr. had revealed that both artists would appear “together advocating for freeing Larry Hoover.”

“We’re going to get the word out to as many people as we can,” he continued. “We gotta let the powers that be know that we want Larry Hoover in our community. That’s gonna be a big way to do it. Plus we want to show people of other communities that we can come together in peace.”

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Ye had originally sparked the reunion in a video message posted publicly by J. Prince. In the clip, Ye read a statement from his phone, inviting Drake to perform at the concert as a special guest.

“I believe this event will not only bring awareness to our cause but prove to people everywhere how much more we can accomplish when we lay our pride aside and come together,” he said.

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Kanye West’s ‘The College Dropout’ bear costume put up for sale for $1million

“I think they tried to buy or purchase that from the high school,” he said. “They were turned down… Obviously, it was going to be the basis for everything going forward [so] they went out and bought this suit which was then what they used on the DVD cover and for future promotions.”

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Arginsky explained that he was given the suit itself – used on tour, at awards shows, promo visuals, and more – after initially attempting to design the plush bear range from two-dimensional sketches.

He also shared a sample of a medium-sized plush Dropout Bear featuring velcro paws to ensure the toy’s ability to throw up the Roc sign, and intimated he is willing to consider offers on the suit itself.

“I love business and opportunity so the best thing that could ever happen is someone from Ye’s camp sees this video and reaches out to you to bring this opportunity back and then you and I are producing bears tomorrow,” Arginsky said.

“That’s what I’m really hoping for. I know that the percentages are very slim on that one. But yeah, I would say at this point I’m really open to anything.”

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Asked if he would consider a $1million offer, Arginsky responded that he “would say yes”, but is also open museum or charity approaches.

Earlier today, Ye and Drake have posed together for a photo at the latter’s home, appearing to signal an end to the pair’s longstanding beef, which was been ongoing since at least 2009.

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Drake urged to accept Kanye West concert offer by Larry Hoover Jr.

“Drake, you a leader and leaders make decisions that people follow,” Hoover Jr. said in a video posted by TMZ earlier today (November 10). “Man, this would be big. This is like Michael Jackson and Prince … Come together, put whatever y’all differences are down … Let’s be bigger than that.”

“[The concert] is also to pass the message that [my father] qualifies to come home as far as the First Step Act is concerned,” he added. “People are concerned about what he might do, but this is the type of things that he can do — he can bring people together, he can hopefully bring a lot of peace to our community.”

Hoover Jr. conceded that the concert might not happen, but asked that Drake consider the offer for his family’s sake.

“I would appreciate it and my father would appreciate it,” he added. “Me and my mother spoke with Drake and he was saying that he is willing to extend the hand and help out however he can. The concert thing, we still working on that.

“Mr. Prince is dealing with Drake and speaking with him directly, so he would have to pretty much pass the information on for that as far as him coming all the way in. But hopefully in a few days it’s looking good, it’s looking like he should be moving forward to maybe take part in this whole thing.”

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Larry Hoover has been in prison since 1973 when he was convicted of killing 19-year-old drug dealer William “Pooky” Young, and has since faced additional charges of conspiracy, extortion and money laundering following a long-running investigation into his alleged criminal enterprise.

Ye has been vocal about his support for Hoover’s release since 2018, when he met with then-President Donald Trump at the White House to negotiate his pardon. He also featured an emotional plea from Larry Hoover Jr. regarding his father’s incarceration on his latest album ‘DONDA’.

“Donda helped show people that my father is a human being,” Hoover Jr. told TMZ. “They look at my father as Larry Hoover the gangster and all the negative activity that they put around his name and that the media put there; DONDA was my first opportunity to give my narrative and let people see him as a person and know who he is.”

Meanwhile, West dedicated the latest edition of Sunday Service to the victims of the “mass-casualty” crowd crush at Travis Scott‘s Astroworld festival. Drake has since posted a statement saying his “heart is broken” after he appeared on stage with Scott during the set in question.

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Kanye West puts fleet of cars at Wyoming up for auction

It comes just weeks after West put his Wyoming ranch on the market for a reported $11million (£8.4 million).

Kanye West at his first ‘DONDA’ listening party at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium CREDIT: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music Group

Meanwhile, West announced a special Halloween Sunday Service livestream, taking place later today (October 31).

The rapper posted the news to his Instagram earlier today. It will stream here on Triller and the Fite TV app, which are the same streaming platforms that host the VERZUZ rap battles, at 3pm ET (7pm GMT).

The last time Ye appeared with his Sunday Service choir, which first emerged in the run-up to the release of his ninth studio album ‘Jesus Is King‘ (2019), was in April for DMX’s memorial service.

He also worked with the choir on his most recent album, ‘DONDA‘, which hears “gospel flourishing scattered across the record – most notably beautifully harmonising with The Weeknd on ‘Hurricane’”, as NME noted in a talking points article.

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In other news, West’s ‘DONDA’ stem player has finally been unveiled and it comes with three extra songs.

The device, which was made available to order back in August at $200 (£145), allows users to manipulate songs using the player by separating parts of the compositions and tweaking the sounds. Among the features is the ability to “control vocals, drums, bass, and samples” and “split any song into stems.”

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Kanye West is hosting a Sunday Service Halloween livestream today

West and his gospel group opened the service with an arrangement of Soul II Soul’s ‘Keep On Movin’ before singing the Clark Sisters’ ‘You Brought The Sunshine’, the hymn ‘Jesus Loves Me’ and their original song ‘Excellent’.

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And he worked with the choir on his most recent album, ‘DONDA‘, which hears “gospel flourishing scattered across the record – most notably beautifully harmonising with The Weeknd on ‘Hurricane’”, as NME noted in a talking points article.

Meanwhile, West’s ‘DONDA’ stem player has finally been unveiled and it comes with three extra songs.

The device, which was made available to order back in August at $200 (£145), allows users to manipulate songs using the player by separating parts of the compositions and tweaking the sounds. Among the features is the ability to “control vocals, drums, bass, and samples” and “split any song into stems’.

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Kanye West’s petition to legally change his name to Ye has been approved

The ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper spoke of the planned change during a radio interview in 2018, explaining: “I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means you. So I’m you, I’m us, it’s us.”

West went on to say that his name “went from Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye – just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, everything.”

Back in 2019, West considered changing his name to ‘Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West’, but didn’t follow through with the idea.

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West’s name change follows the arrival of his long-teased album, ‘DONDA’. In a three-star review, NME‘s Rhian Daly said of the album: “The rapper’s 10th album follows an odyssey of delays and bizarre not-quite-release parties, the result merely punctuated with moments of brilliance.”

Earlier this month, the rapper’s manager Bu Thiam confirmed the album would be released following the third listening event in Chicago on Thursday (August 26). The event will also be live-streamed on Apple Music.

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Earlier this month, West earned his first ever Diamond certification, with ‘Stronger’ surpassing the 10 million sales mark.

Released in 2007 from West’s third album ‘Graduation’, the track has reached the milestone 14 years later.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that an “intimate” new documentary about West, titled jeen-yuhs, is coming to Netflix next year.

jeen-yus was directed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah and will capture two decades of the rapper’s life and career. It promises to showcase “both his formative days trying to break through and his life today as a global brand and artist”.

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Kim Kardashian jokes about Kanye West and Travis Barker during ‘SNL’ hosting gig

“So when I divorced him, you have to know it came down to one thing – his personality. I know that sounds mean, but people telling me that comedy comes from truth.”

Elsewhere, in a sketch called ‘The People’s Kourt’, she took on the role of her sister Kourtney and poked fun at her relationship with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. “You’re so punk,” Barker – played by Mikey Day – told her. “Please drum ‘All The Small Things’ on my ass when we get home,” she replied.

 

Last week (October 7), it was reported that West was helping Kardashian with her hosting gig. The rapper has appeared as the show’s musical guest seven times since 2005.

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According to Page Six, a source told the publication: “Kim is nervous about hosting SNL, it’s a big challenge but she is determined to be a success. Kanye is quietly advising her on her performance, her opening monologue, even her costumes for the show.”

Meanwhile, last night’s episode of SNL saw Halsey team up with ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham for a performance of ‘Darling’. It was the pop star’s fourth time performing on the show and her appearance also saw her play ‘I Am Not A Woman, I’m A God’.

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Kanye West is reportedly helping Kim Kardashian with her ‘SNL’ hosting gig

“Kanye is quietly advising her on her performance, her opening monologue, even her costumes for the show.”

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Kardashian was seen leaving her Upper East Side hotel on Tuesday (October 5) for what was believed to be meet-up with SNL guru Lorne Michaels, Page Six added. The reality TV star has admitted, via her Instagram, to feeling “the pressure” about the gig.

Earlier this year Kardashian filed for divorce from West after six years of marriage. Despite news of their separation, West brought Kardashian out on stage at the last of his ‘DONDA’ listening events in August in which Kardashian wore a wedding dress at the show’s end.

Meanwhile, West is reportedly set to open a new school in Southern California called ‘Donda Academy’.

Named after the rapper’s recent 10th studio album, the school has a specific focus on basketball and has already agreed transfers to the school of a number of the US’s most highly-rated high school basketball players.

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The ‘Donda Academy’ is reportedly set on “finding the intersection between faith and the innovation of the future,” and will focus on “equipping students with an education that will last in the ever-changing world”.

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Kanye West finally has a Diamond-certified song

Earlier this year, it was revealed just 58 songs have been certified Diamond, which is the Recording Industry Association of America highest honour and is worth the equivalent of ten Platinum plaques. Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ was the fastest song to ever earn the classification while tracks by Justin Bieber (‘Baby’, ‘Sorry’), Eminem (‘Not Afraid’, ‘Lose Yourself’), Lady Gaga (‘Poker Face’, ‘Bad Romance’) and Drake (‘God’s Plan’) have also achieved the milestone.

West also recently announced he is looking at expanding his empire of fashion and music.

According to legal documents, the rapper submitted papermark to trademark the name ‘DONDA’ for use on a range of tech products including tablets, smart watches and earphones.

He’s also made similar moves to trademark his name to create Kanye West branded blankets.

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that an “intimate” new documentary about West, titled jeen-yuhs, is coming to Netflix next year.

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jeen-yus was directed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah and will capture two decades of the rapper’s life and career. It promises to showcase “both his formative days trying to break through and his life today as a global brand and artist”.

In other news, Tyler, The Creator recently thanked artists like West for paving the way for him in a speech after the rapper won the inaugural Rock the Bells Cultural Influence Award at the 2021 BET Hip Hop Awards.

“​​I definitely think I’ve created my own path but it’s the people who allowed me to understand that I can do that, who laid the blueprint,” said Tyler before shouting out likes of Missy Elliot, Kanye West, Q-Tip, Andre 3000, Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams, Busta Rhymes and Hype Williams.

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Tyler, The Creator thanks Kanye West, Missy Elliot and more for “opening the door” for him

“I always get teared up when he says that because this thing that’s a hobby, a passion or a pastime for us, for a lot of people in here, that shit kept us out of trouble. And it allowed us to change our family’s lives, our friend’s lives, our lives,” he continued.

“With Rap, it’s like a pathway for a lot of us to really just go, to leave, to experience new shit that we’re really not allowed to see or shown from where we grow up.”

Tyler went on to add: “​​I definitely think I’ve created my own path but it’s the people who allowed me to understand that I can do that, who laid the blueprint. For everyone it’s different but I wouldn’t be here, or up on this stage, or have this silly hat, or anything without the Q-Tip’s, the Andre 3000’s, the Chad Hugo’s, the Pharrell’s, the Kanye West’s, and the Missy Elliot’s who no one ever brings up.”

He then went on to shout out Busta Rhymes and Hype Williams before he said: ”I appreciate those names, and others I didn’t mention because I’m limited on time, but I appreciate you all so much for opening the doors and throwing the key. Not just opening the door but talking to young guys like me.”

The rapper finished by telling the room, “everyone keep thriving, keep doing your shit.”

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Tyler released his new album ‘Call Me If You Get Lost’ earlier this year where it topped the Billboard 200 Chart.

He also recently announced a tour of North America as well as Australia and New Zealand

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Kanye West wants to launch a range of ‘DONDA’ tech products

It follows on from West’s company, Mascotte Holdings, Inc. filing a similar trademark application to brand a range of homeware products with West’s name. The documents specify West wanting his own brand of blankets, made from a variety of cashmere, fleece and silk.

‘DONDA’, Kanye West’s 10th solo studio album, was released in August and named after his late mother, who passed away in 2007.

While it was a blockbuster affair packed with 27 tracks, there have been reports that there was a lot more music made for it.

Soulja Boy revealed that West asked him to work on ‘DONDA’, yet never included his contributions, while Chris Brown called West a “whole hoe” for not including his entire verse written for ‘New Again’, before his contribution was removed completely.

According to Nikolai Skrobat, a sound engineer for West, “this album is not finished yet. That is, it came out, but it is quite possible that after some time we will hear a different sound, options, themes, films,” he said in a statement shared by a Kanye West fan account on Twitter.

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He continued: “Now ‘Donda’ is out, and I’m working on his old tracks, because West wanted to go through all the archive and make a playlist of forgotten tracks. There are a lot of them. Therefore, in the near future I will work in this direction.”

Meanwhile, an “intimate” new documentary about Kanye West, titled jeen-yuhs, is coming to Netflix.

Jeen-yus was directed by Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah and will capture two decades of the rapper’s life and career. It promises to showcase “both his formative days trying to break through and his life today as a global brand and artist”.

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Kanye West is reportedly planning on releasing a playlist of “forgotten tracks”

Now, according to Nikolai Skrobat, a sound engineer for West, the ‘Jesus Walks’ rapper is working on a playlist that might feature some unreleased material from ‘DONDA’.

“Actually this album is not finished yet,” Skrobat said in a statement shared by a Kanye West fan account on Twitter. “That is, it came out, but it is quite possible that after some time we will hear a different sound, options. themes, films.

He continued: “Now ‘Donda’ is out, and I’m working on his old tracks, because West wanted to go through all the archive and make a playlist of forgotten tracks. There are a lot of them. Therefore, in the near future I will work in this direction.”

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Nikolai Skrobat, a sound engineer for @KanyeWest, says that #DONDA is actually "not finished yet" and that Ye wants to go through all the archives and make a playlist of forgotten tracks. pic.twitter.com/hesVnNIkIX

— Photos Of Kanye West (@PhotosOfKanye) September 22, 2021

Whether the aforementioned tracks with Brown, Soulja Boy and Andre 3000 will feature is not yet known. West has not confirmed the playlist or what will be included.

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Earlier this month, Todd Rundgren vented his frustration over working with Kanye West on ‘DONDA’.

According to Rundgren he contributed to the record over a year and amassed “three albums worth of Kanye stems on my computer.”

“I didn’t mind working on his gospel stuff. If you want to sing about Jesus, go ahead, I don’t care. I’ll help ya do it, you know? If you want to sing about your troubles with your wife, go ahead and do it. I don’t care,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock of the early sessions.

But over time Rundgren said he grew frustrated with West. “When it got into the homestretch in July, I just said, ‘That’s enough for me. I have no idea whether any of this is being used.’ You don’t get much feedback from him regarding what it is,” he said.

“If I can contribute something, fine. If I can’t, just let me know. I’m out of here… There is a possibility that I’m actually in there somewhere. There’s so much junk in that record!”

Meanwhile, West recently shared a film clip for ‘Donda Chant’, the opening track to ‘DONDA’.

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Todd Rundgren says he was “frustrated” working with “dilettante” Kanye West on ‘DONDA’

“I didn’t mind working on his gospel stuff. If you want to sing about Jesus, go ahead, I don’t care. I’ll help ya do it, you know? If you want to sing about your troubles with your wife, go ahead and do it. I don’t care,” he said of the early sessions.

But over time Rundgren said he grew frustrated with West. “When it got into the homestretch in July, I just said, ‘That’s enough for me. I have no idea whether any of this is being used.’ You don’t get much feedback from him regarding what it is,” he told Ultimate Classic Rock.

“If I can contribute something, fine. If I can’t, just let me know. I’m out of here… There is a possibility that I’m actually in there somewhere. There’s so much junk in that record!”

Kanye West and Drake. CREDIT: Jeff Kravitz/Prince Williams/Getty Images.

He also criticised West for rush-releasing the album so he could release it before Drake‘s ‘Certified Lover Boy’.

“He was too afraid that Drake would one-up him, so he hurried up and released the album the weekend before Drake could get his out,” Rundgren added. “And in the end, Drake ate his lunch anyway.” ‘Certified Lover Boy’ outstreamed ‘DONDA’ in just three days in the US.

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He continued: “He’s just a dilettante at this point. Nobody would regularly make records like that unless they had stupid money to throw around. Nobody rents a stadium to make a record in. Nobody flies in the entire world of hip-hop just to croak one syllable, just so you can say that everybody was on it.”

Read NME‘s three-star review of West’s ‘DONDA’ here.

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