Kanye West says Donda was released without his permission

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After Kanye West‘s long-awaited album Donda hit streaming services on Sunday, the rapper took to social media to let fans know that the decision to make it available wasn’t his. 

Sharing a text graphic, the Yeezy founder called out his label, writing, “UNIVERSAL PUT MY ALBUM OUT WITHOUT MY APPROVAL.”

“AND THEY BLOCKED JAIL 2 FROM BEING ON THE ALBUM,” he shared, referencing a second version of the track “Jail” that featured fellow rapper DaBaby. The original features a verse from JAY-Z

Earlier in the day, Ye shared screenshots of a text conversation revealing that DaBaby hadn’t signed the appropriate paperwork to clear his verse. The post has since been deleted, but it appears things worked themselves out because, by the afternoon, the song was available to stream. 

Donda, which is Ye’s 10th studio effort, hit streaming platforms early Sunday morning after multiple delays. After a year-long delay, it was first scheduled for release on July 23, then August 6, both following packed listening events held at Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium. A third listening event was held at Chicago’s Soldier field Thursday night, August 26. 

Since the release, artists like Chris Brown and Soulja Boy have taken issue with West after their verses on “New Again” and “Remote Control,” respectively, didn’t make it on the album. 

In a now-deleted Instagram Story, Brown, wrote, “Kanye a whole h**,” followed by “Nah he tweakin’.”

Meanwhile, Soulja posted purported screenshots of his conversation with Ye about collaborating on music and fashion. And, answering a fan who asked what he thought about Donda, he responded, “Idk how to feel, Kanye sent me that song “remote control” and I don’t hear my verse on it… hmm f*** that [man].”


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