Last night, Kanye West was the talk of social media, as he held his “Donda” album listening event, in Atlanta. It went down at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, as fans were able to purchase tickets to this historic event. West stood in the middle of the stadium, as he didn’t speak. He just let the tracks from Donda play.
Fans were impressed to hear appearances from Jay Z, Pusha T, Lil Baby, Lil Durk, Roddy Ricch, and more. When the midnight release date arrived though, Donda still wasn’t on streaming outlets. This delay was the case for its original release date last July, as well as his “Jesus Is King” album in 2019.
Kanye was honored heavily in Atlanta last night after the event as well. According to TMZ, The City of Atlanta officially made July 22 “Kanye West Day.” Kevin James, President of Morris Brown College, also gave Kanye a certificate of “Resolution of Meritorious Service.” West’s late mother, Donda, used to be the Chair of the English Department, at this school. For this album listening event, Kanye also gave out 5,000 free tickets to faculty, staff and students from Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College, Morris Brown College and ITC, all HBCUs in Atlanta.
Now, the wait is on to see when the Donda album will officially be released. It’s anticipated to be Kanye’s ninth consecutive number one album.
Check out Kanye’s own day in Atlanta being made official, and footage from the Donda album listening event below.