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Donda vs. Certified Lover Boy🖤

Updated: Jun 29, 2022

Written by: Lucy Widmann

What happens when two of the most influential hip-hop artists release albums almost at the same time? We as listeners have just witnessed the frenzy Kanye and Drake have sent listeners into, locking themselves into the leading topic of conversation amongst the music world. This has become a crucial moment in time, seeing two of the most sought after collaborators and artists push hip-hop into the forefront of discussion in the music industry.

Here is a breakdown of both the rise and release of Donda by Kanye and Certified Lover Boy by Drake. 🔥

Before we even knew that Drake was coming out with a new album, Kanye West had already announced his eagerness to release Donda, originally set to come out July 24,

2020. Donda, a 27-track album clocking almost 2 hours, sonically honors a tribute to Kanye’s mother who passed away in 2007. Rewinding back to November of 2020, rumors started to buzz of Kanye releasing an album to follow up his 2019 record Jesus Is King. 💜

Not one to shy away from spilling his own intentions, Kanye shared in April of 2020 that there indeed was an album on the way, but a much different one than what fans were expecting. A genre-shifting album was in the works by Kanye, which had him convinced to start rapping for God instead of the Devil. Fans took this news well, excited for the genre-bending style. Two months later in July of 2020, Kanye revealed on Twitter the album title Donda, confirming that the new album was legit! To make matters even sweeter for fans, Donda was rumored to be released on July 24th. Song titles and cover art were attached to the Twitter post, getting fans hyped about the new album about to drop during the summer month. ☄️

But in true Kanye fashion, it was an almost success, just a second too late. The album never came to fruition, and rather than hearing from Kanye about the reasoning, all fans heard were crickets. It wasn’t until almost a year later in mid-July of 2021 that the reappearance of Donda came into view. Instead of the album finally being released to the public, Kanye revealed a live listening event of the album would be taking place on July 22nd at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. Further news from Kanye’s record label, Def Jam Recordings, released the statement that the album would be made public the following day of the listening

event, July 23rd. As you may have suspected, July 23rd flickered by with no album and just the buzz of Kanye performing Donda circulating around the world; rumors also swirled around about the album not being completely finished.

It was then posted on Kanye’s Instagram account that he was living in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in order to have full concentration on finish