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New Music with Nick: ‘Donda’ by Kanye West – The Stanford Daily

Summary

Welcome to “New Music with Nick.” In this column, I will be reviewing some of the most notable new album releases across various genres, focusing on hip-hop, R&B and pop music. Join me in exploring the ever-shifting landscape of the streaming era. 

Kanye West: “Donda” (Aug. 29, 2021)

One of hip-hop’s all-time greatest figures, Kanye West, has returned with the long-awaited “Donda,” a powerful and sentimental collection. Dedicated to Kanye’s late mother, Don…….

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Welcome to “New Music with Nick.” In this column, I will be reviewing some of the most notable new album releases across various genres, focusing on hip-hop, R&B and pop music. Join me in exploring the ever-shifting landscape of the streaming era. 

Kanye West: “Donda(Aug. 29, 2021)

One of hip-hop’s all-time greatest figures, Kanye West, has returned with the long-awaited “Donda,” a powerful and sentimental collection. Dedicated to Kanye’s late mother, Donda West, who passed away in 2007, Kanye’s tenth studio album is one of the most foundationally personal and soulful efforts of his career. 

Kanye’s mother was very important to his personal development and his life as a whole, a fact he has made public numerous times. The death of Donda West greatly affected Kanye’s life and mental health, taking him on a journey of growth, reflection and self-discovery. “Donda” serves as a key piece in Kanye’s journey toward accepting life without his beloved mother.

As controversial as he may be, Kanye has made some amazing music and is responsible for some of the most iconic moments in the history of hip-hop. His impact and legend status are undeniable, and his newest effort helps him continue to build his case as one of the greatest musical artists ever.

As is common for Kanye, “Donda” showcased his skill as an ultimate curator. Although the album has some faults, such as unnecessary songs and spots of poor structuring, the good heavily outweighs the bad. Bringing together the best producers and rappers possible, the tracklist serves as a timestamp of what is current in hip-hop. There are a handful of moments that are genuinely grand, and their extravagance will stand the test of time as iconic moments in his discography.

The first full track of the album, “Jail,” brings the “return of the throne” and the reuniting of an iconic duo — Jay-Z brings a phenomenal and emotional verse to make the song a standout hip-hop moment. The Weeknd and Lil Baby join with Kanye to create “Hurricane,” another notable song of the album and of Kanye’s entire career. The song’s chorus could not have been better executed, with The Weeknd’s vocals and heavenly touch setting the perfect tone. Lil Baby offers an amazing verse, well-written and perfectly delivered, followed by a Kanye verse that was one of the best across the whole project. There are also a couple of times where the guest on a track steals the spotlight — in “Praise God,” Baby Keem absolutely takes over. Kanye and Travis Scott make contributions to the track, but Keem’s extended verse absolutely overshadows the rest of the song and becomes one of the highlights of the entire album. The energy and delivery could not have been better. “Off The Grid” includes an electric and atmospheric beat, which holds the stage for an unreal feature verse from Fivio Foreign, …….

Source: https://www.stanforddaily.com/2021/11/16/new-music-with-nick-donda-by-kanye-west/