Sunday, May 19, 2024

No “Donda,” No Cry: Kanye West Album May Come August 6th, He’s Moved into Mercedes Stadium in Atlanta


Sing after me: No Donda no cry, no Donda no cry.

There is no actual sign of Kanye West’s “Donda” album. The exact thing happened one year ago this week. He announced it, released album art, and never produced anything.

TMZ says he’s moved into Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where he had his circus like Emperor Has No Clothes presentation last week. He played snippets of “music” and stood in the middle of the papered stadium, crying over his lost marriage. It was PR writ large with a big dose of bipolar.

Kanye has since been seen wandering around Mercedes Benz stadium during other events, like the ghost of Hip Hop past. The implication is that he never left, or that he couldn’t leave. Various minions post to social media that he’s settled in there and working hard to make the album.

I don’t think it will happen. And if it does, someday — they’re saying now August 6th — it will be a bust. He’s lost a lot of his audience over his politics, Trump, “Slavery is a choice,” and so on.

I’d be more concerned that he’s wearing a reddish orange jacket that looks flammable. Is this part of his line for the Gap? They must be having a heart attack. Millions have been spent by the Gap on Kanye to revive themselves. This will end in tears, no doubt.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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