Kanye West again clashes with his record company, which he accuses of publishing his new album without permission

Kanye West at a concert.
EFE

The surprise launch on streaming audio platforms in the last hours of ‘Donda’, the long-awaited new album by Kanye West, may have been unexpected even for the artist himself, who has accused his record company through social networks of doing it without his permission. “Universal released my album without my approval,” he underlines in capital letters in one of the only two publications that the singer, producer and composer maintains on his official Instagram profile.

In it, in addition, he accuses his record company of having blocked the song ‘Jail pt 2’ from the repertoire, although currently the track can be heard as part of the album, a very long work of 27 songs and about two hours long.

Kanye West (Atlanta, 1977), who currently processes the change of its official name to Ye, had already been the protagonist in the past of altercations with large multinationals. For example, in September 2020, when he was still an independent candidate for the US presidential election, he posted a video on his Twitter profile in which he urinated on a Grammy award after showing off his record deals.

Universal won’t tell me what my recordings cost because they know I can afford them“, he affirmed in the messages that he shared then, when he also proclaimed that he would use” his voice so that they change all the artist contracts starting with obtaining their recordings for their children. ”

Already at that time the release of ‘Donda’ was expected, constantly delayed and taking over from ‘Jesus Is King’ (2019). West gave samples in the past with albums like ‘The Life Of Pablo’ (2016) from a high level of self-demand that prevented him from closing his works in the initial term and that led him to retouch them even once they were published.

The tenth studio album by the American, named in honor of his mother, has been surrounded by more circumstances that have increased its media coverage, such as arriving after his divorce from Kim Kardashian, in one of the most turbulent periods of your personal life.

As if that were not enough, in the last live presentations of the album, West has been accompanied by artists like Marilyn Manson, who was charged this year with sexual abuse after being the subject of several complaints, including that of actress Evan Rachel Wood. He also took the stage with rapper DaBaby, the subject of controversy due to recent homophobic statements that earned him the disapproval of many other colleagues such as Dua Lipa, who had previously invited him to re-record his hit ‘Levitating’.

While awaiting the judgment of the specialized critic, the listeners of the world have already expressed their total admiration for the new album, which includes a huge list of illustrious African-American guests, see Jay-Z, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, Young Thug, Pusha T or Kid Cudi, among many others. With hundreds of millions of records sold worldwide, West is also one of the most awarded artists in the entire Grammy history since the publication of his first work, ‘The College Dropout’ (2004), which was followed by others as acclaimed by critics as ‘808s & Heartbreak’ (2008) or ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (2010).

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