Kanye West’s “Donda” – Worth the listen


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Kanye West performs at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, Feb. 8, 2015.

Mihail Gueorguiev, Staff Writer

Kanye West has been long regarded as one of if not the most influential artist in the Hip-Hop industry of music. However with the release of his 10th album, Donda, Kanye might have undoubtedly earned himself that title. Donda, released on Aug. 29, 2021 climbed the charts and was a worldwide sensation. Fans had been eagerly anticipating its release, and when the time came, it certainly did not disappoint as it’s one of Kanye’s best work.

Consisting of 27 songs, the album is filled with a variety of different themes, styles, and emotions that bring it all together. From the more somberful tracks like “Come To Life” and “24” to the more delivering tracks such as “Off The Grid” or “Hurricane,” Kanye made sure each song was different and unique in its composition and importance to the story being presented to interest a wider audience. Within the album, Kanye was also able to include numerous features of other artists. Some of which were: Kid Cudi, Jay Z, and Playboi Carti, with each positively adding more to the songs they performed in. Although some may say that Donda isn’t as good as Kanye’s old work such as the college trilogy albums, which in hindsight is true because of the distinct better sound he had back then, however Donda still holds up by itself without needing to be compared to those albums. 

From start to finish, it’s easy to acknowledge the raw creativity and meaning put into this project by Kanye. The album is well constructed with only a few flaws here and there, though, are heavily overshadowed by what the album did good in. Unique sounds, quality writing, satisfying length, everything an album should need is here. A listen to Donda by Kanye West is a must by anyone that is either a Hip-Hop fan, or a casual listener.