Kanye West promised that his new album would drop on Friday. But, when it didn’t present up on streaming providers at midnight, followers had one query: ‘the place’s ‘Donda’?’

Although Kanye West, 43, repeatedly mentioned that DND: WTH CHLD (fka Donda: With Youngster fka DONA fka God’s Nation) would drop July 24, when the clock struck midnight on the East Coast, Ye’s new album… wasn’t on any of the streaming providers. To the shock of nobody who has watched Kanye, 43, over the previous decade, the “Heartless” rapper didn’t ship the album by its first marketed launch date. Some followers had been, rightfully, upset of being misled. Others had been simply resigned to the heartbreak.  “Upset however not stunned, Kanye didn’t drop.” “can’t consider I even opened Spotify searching for Donda. what number of occasions am I gonna put myself by means of this.” “the place is donda?”

There had been at the least a couple of followers who had been okay with this delay. Within the wake of Kanye’s most up-to-date public outbursts, which precipitated concern for his well-being, one listener mentioned it was okay if Ye’s priorities had been extra on his psychological well being than his music. “If I’m being trustworthy, I don’t need Kanye to drop that album tonight… if Donda comes out, I can’t sit there and hearken to it fortunately realizing that he’s struggling and going via it rn. I believe it’ll be higher if we get a contented album with a contented ye :,)

Although Kanye is infamous with regards to blowing deadlines, this album’s delay appeared much less to do together with his artistic imaginative and prescient and extra due, as his spouse Kim Kardashian, 39, identified, “his bi-polar dysfunction.” Days earlier than DONDA‘s goal launch, Kanye held his first 2020 presidential marketing campaign rally in South Carolina. Through the July 19 occasion, he claimed he nearly “aborted” his daughter North West, 7, that Harriet Tubman “by no means really freed” any slaves, that his mind is “too huge for [his] cranium” and that he’d be “at peace” if Kim, 39, would divorce him. A day after the rally, Kanye went on a tweetstorm, claiming that Kim and Kris Jenner, 64, tried to get him “locked up.” The next night time, on July 21, Kanye can be at it once more. He claimed that he’s been “making an attempt to get divorced since Kim met with Meek [Mill] on the Waldorf(sic) over ‘jail reform.’” He additionally referred to as his mom in legislation, “Kris Jong-Un.”

Kim responded to Kanye’s tweet with a press release on July 22. “As lots of you already know, Kanye has bi-polar dysfunction,” she mentioned. “Anybody who has this or has a beloved one of their life who does is aware of how extremely sophisticated and painful it’s to know. I’ve by no means spoken publicly about how this has affected us at house as a result of I’m very protecting of our kids and Kanye’s proper to privateness with regards to his well being.” She mentioned that he’s been coping with the lack of his mom and the “strain and isolation that’s heightened by his bi-polar dysfunction. … Those that are shut with Kanye know his coronary heart and perceive that his phrases some occasions don’t align together with his intentions.”

Kanye West on the 2020 Vainness Truthful Oscar Celebration in February. 5 months later, Ye would announce — and subsequently delay — his new album (AP Photographs)

The primary indication that Kanye was going to launch any music in 2020 got here in Could when Cinematographer Arthur Jafa prematurely revealed that Ye was engaged on a “forthcoming album” entitled God’s Nation. In June, Kanye confirmed this when he launched the video for “Wash Us In The Blood.” The album underwent a reputation change  — twice — the next month. First, Kanye mentioned the album can be referred to as DONDA, after his late mom, Donda West. He later amended it to be Donda: With Youngster. Then, on July 22, he tweeted out a vowel-less tracklist, saying DND: WTH CHLD can be launched “this Friday.”

Nevertheless, delays go hand in hand with Kanye West albums. Most of his discography — The Faculty Dropout, Late Registration, Commencement, The Lifetime of Pablo, and final yr’s Jesus Is King — all suffered delays of various lengths.