Kanye West has officially disclosed the release date for his tenth album, Donda, more than a year after initially announcing the project. The rapper revealed that the album would be released on July 23. Fans all throughout the world swiftly built up their anticipation for its release, as planned. Kanye also announced a massive listening event for Donda, which will take place at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which has a capacity of 75,000 people and is home to the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
The event was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., but no one was surprised when it did not begin at the scheduled hour.
Thankfully, Kanye kicked things off for the night about two hours later. The event began with what appeared to be a recording of Kanye saying “We going to be okay” over and over again while an organ played loudly in the background. The camera panned out to reveal him wearing a red bubble jacket and moving all over the stage, which was basically the entire stadium floor covered in white material.
Kanye was photographed backstage inside the stadium, putting the finishing touches on the record, prior to the event. This includes things like sequencing the project’s rumored tracklist, making last-minute modifications with producer and engineer Mike Dean, and reportedly inviting artists like Playboi Carti and 2 Chainz to record extra lines for Donda.
Rumors of the arrival of Donda first began when Kanye and Tyler The Creator were spotted in the studio together, presumable working on the album together. Shortly afterward, the album was confirmed for a release through a Beats By Dre commercial featuring track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson that also featured his currently unreleased track, “No Child Left Behind.”