Kanye West has confirmed that his new album, “Donda,” drops on Friday.
The July 23 release date was confirmed during Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday within a Beats by Dre ad featuring track star Sha’Carri Richardson, which West scored and edited. The commercial previews the track “No Child Left Behind” from the album, an atmospheric cut showcasing West’s vocals over what sounds like an organ. As Richardson runs a 100m sprint in slow motion, sporting Beats by Dre ear buds, West repeatedly sings: “He’s done miracles on me.”
The minute-long spot also announced that West’s listening event in Atlanta on Thursday will be livestreamed globally via Apple Music, starting at 8 p.m. ET. West confirmed the event on Monday, after Twitter started buzzing Sunday night about another listening session the rapper had in Las Vegas.
The ad is a strong show of support for 21-year-old Richardson, who was suspended from the Olympics’ Team USA on July 2 after testing positive for marijuana. Following Richardson’s suspension, Hollywood and athletes rallied around the athlete, with Seth Rogen, Dwayne Wade and more speaking out to show their support.
“Donda,” named after West’s late mother, has been much-anticipated following his 2019 gospel record “Jesus Is King,” which won a Grammy for best contemporary christian album. “Donda” will mark West’s 10th studio album. Despite rumors swirling of the album’s impending release, many fans continue to err on the side of caution, as West has been known to delay his releases frequently.
Watch the full Beats by Dre ad below.
.@itskerrii doesn’t need you to let her do anything.
— Beats by Dre (@beatsbydre) July 21, 2021