Dispatch from #DONDAWatch, Day 14: The tip, it appears, is close to. By all accounts, Kanye West has been holed up deep within the bowels of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, since internet hosting a listening session for his new album Donda there on July 22. Ye has now presumably spent a fortnight on this room, wandering across the stadium like a futuristic rely. He is been sporting his current uniform—comprising one of many varied colorways of his Hole collab puffer and a balaclava-like masks—exhibiting up at a soccer recreation, and ending up his tenth studio album.
However for the reason that early hours of Thursday morning, a soundless livestream has proven the goings-on inside his sparse bedroom-turned-studio. You’ll be able to tune to observe now via Apple Music, which payments the stream as a chance to “Watch Kanye ending Donda in Atlanta.” That is translated to: recording, lifting weights, doing push-ups, wearing spiked Balenciaga, and sleeping, kind of in that order. On the wall behind him is a countdown clock, ticking down the minutes till 12:30 a.m. on Friday, August 6.
As evidenced by the footage from his room—giving off East German resort vibes—Kanye appears to be cultivating a really particular search for this newest album cycle. He appears to be significantly vibing with Balenciaga inventive director Demna Gvasalia’s apocalyptic fall 2020 assortment—which, chillingly, confirmed at Paris Style Week simply days earlier than the coronavirus pandemic shut down Europe final March. Certainly, Gvasalia is about to creative-direct tomorrow’s Donda festivities. And Kanye’s not alone: becoming a member of in his pseudo-cell block tango are a number of collaborators, together with Probability the Rapper, Lil Yachty, Vic Mensa, and producer Mike Dean, a number of of whom have matched Ye in sporting customized Donda tactical vests.
And on Thursday afternoon, we received one other glimpse of what Donda may really sound like, within the type of a brand new Beats by Dre industrial, starring sprinter Sha’Carri, that encompasses a Ye x Dre team-up referred to as “Glory”:
Loads extra Donda information will certainly emanate from the underbelly of Atlanta’s soccer stadium—test again for extra.