Is Kanye West finally ready to release his long-awaited album, “Donda?”
A sudden overhaul of the rapper’s Instagram suggests he is.
At some point late in the evening on Friday, Aug. 20, ‘Ye scrubbed everything on his Instagram save for one new post — an image of the home he was raised in on Chicago’s South Side by his late mother and the new album’s namesake, Donda West.
(According to TMZ, he bought the modest house last year for $225,000.)
The IG update comes after Kanye spent weeks working on “Donda” while holed up in Atlanta’s Mercedez-Benz Stadium, and just days before he hosts a third massive listening party for “Donda” at Soldier Field in Chicago on Aug. 26.
The first two listening parties took place at the stadium in Atlanta — and the rapper’s soon-to-be ex-wife, Kim Kardashian West, was on hand for both, along with the pair’s four children.
If their current relationship is any indication, it seems likely she’ll fly to Chicago for the next listening party, too.
In spite of Kanye’s emotional new tracks about their split, which he showcased at previous “Donda” listening parties, Entertainment Tonight reported last week that the two “are on great terms” and spend time together when they can, both with and without their little ones, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm.
Kim and Kanye even stepped out for lunch together in Malibu while ‘Ye was in Los Angeles.
As for “Donda” Listening Party No. 3 in Chicago, the event’s expected to herald the upcoming arrival of the final album, which was slated to come out in July, then pushed to the first week of August.
As of Aug. 21, it has yet to materialize, but Kanye’s manager has confirmed to at least two fans on social media that “Donda” will arrive after the Chicago listening party.
Responding to one Instagram commenter who asked if Kanye will “finally drop the album” after the event, Abou “Bu” Thiam recently wrote, “Absolutely!” (per Hypebeast). Asked if the rapper might delay the release again or if he would “100 %” drop the album after the next listening party, the former Def Jam A&R exec replied, “100%.”
On the other hand, as “Bu” told Rolling Stone in an interview last fall, “Ye does what he wants to do …”