Kanye West has started a livestream for his upcoming album Donda on Apple Music, ahead of his listening party at at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz stadium on Thursday.
The rapper, 44, appears to be in his dressing room at the stadium, where he has reportedly been living for the past two weeks.
Fans around the world have tuned into the livestream where the hitmaker, who has only appeared masked, has been seen donning bizarre spiked costumes, lifting weights and chatting with his producer Mike Dean.
Wow: Kanye West has started a livestream for his upcoming album Donda on Apple Music on Thursday, ahead of his listening party at at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz stadium – and has donned extremely quirky outfits including this spiked Balenciaga number
The stream has no audio but Kanye has certainly kept fans entertained as he prepares for the the listening party.
He has also been visited by showbiz friends Chance The Rapper, Steve Lacy and Vic Mensa in his one-bedroom room, with a member of his entourage also seen getting a quick haircut.
There also appears to be a sparse recording set-up with some fans convinced he is putting the final touches to the album, and a clock which is counting down.
Donda, named after the star’s beloved mother who died in 2007, is the star’s first album release since 2019’s Jesus Is King.
Last month it was claimed Kanye has been asked by his team to host another Donda listening party in Atlanta after the smash success of his first one.
Pumping iron: Fans around the world have tuned into the livestream where the hitmaker, who has only appeared masked, has been seen donning bizarre spiked costumes, lifting weights and chatting with his producer Mike Dean
Wow: The rapper, 44, appears to be in his dressing room at the stadium, where he has reportedly been living for the past two weeks
Exercise: A masked Kanye did some push ups as he kept himself entertained during the livestream
Bizarre: The star made for a chilling sight in a spiked leather jacket and full face mask ahead of his party
The rapper was thinking up ways to make it ‘different’ with a ‘twist’ from the first jam-packed event, according to TMZ.
The first saw West stood on stage with a beige nylon sock over his head and a red outfit as the music played.
Masked: The star wore a black vest emblazoned with the word Donda, as well as a graphic print mask
Hotly-anticipated: Kanye’s new album, his first release since 2019’s Jesus Is King, will be released on Thursday
interesting: A member of Kanye’s entourage was seen getting a haircut during the stream
Must-see: The star exuded confidence as he lifted weight and chatted
Loving it: Fans took to Twitter to share their amazement and confusion over the antics on the livestream
And it was claimed CAA and Live Nation are ‘pressuring’ the artist to make it spectacular.
The site claimed West’s team has secured August 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta for the event.
The first listening party broke the Apple Music Global Livestream record with 3.3 million viewers.
We want more! Last month it was claimed Kanye has been asked by his team to host another Donda listening party in Atlanta after the smash success of his first one
They brough the star power: It will be hard to top the initial event as his estranged wife Kim Kardashian showed up with their kids – North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm – as well as her sister Khloe Kardashian.
New vibe? The rapper was thinking up ways to make it ‘different’ with a ‘twist’ from the first one, according to TMZ
The first listening party for the Donda album took place in Atlanta on July 22.
The rapper was supported at the event by Kim, their four children, sister, Khloe and ‘FoodGod’ Jonathan Cheban, among others.
The album also has a star-studded lineup.
His old pal Jay-Z is included. It marks the pair’s first collaboration in five years, having last teamed up on Drake’s 2016 track Pop Style.
Jay can be heard rapping: ‘Donda, I’m wit your baby when I touch back road / Told him stop all that red cap, we goin’ home / Cannot be with all of these sins casting stones / This might be the return of The Throne / Hova and Yeezy like Moses and Jesus.’
Trio: The rapper was supported at the event by his estranged wife Kim Kardashian West, their four children, and her sister, Khloe Kardashian, and ‘FoodGod’ Jonathan Cheban
Khloe had fun: Here the 37-year-old Revenge Body host was seen with Cheban and Kim
And according to Young Guru, Jay’s verse was added to the song just hours before fans got to hear it for the first time.
He tweeted: ‘HOV did the verse today!!!! At 4pm.’
Although tickets for the listening party were sold for between $20 and $50, Kanye reportedly gave 5,000 away to staff and students at local colleges and universities.
The album preview also revealed both Playboi Carti and Roddi Ricch appear on different songs on the record.
Carti could be heard rapping over an uptempo beat before Kanye took over the vocal, while Roddi features on a piano-led track with lines such as:
Ye gives: Although tickets for the listening party were sold for between $20 and $50, Kanye reportedly gave 5,000 away to staff and students at local colleges and universities
Sparse but that is how he likes it: Meanwhile, West has showed off his living space inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium
‘They said I was mad at the Grammy’s/But I’m looking at my Grammy right now’.
The late Pop Smoke, Travis Scott, Pusha T, Baby Keem, Lil Baby, and Lil Durk all also appear on various tracks on the highly-anticipated album.
Meanwhile, West has showed off his living space inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The hitmaker is currently living in the sports ground in Atlanta while finishing his upcoming album ‘Donda’ and it seems there’s not much to distract him from his work as his set-up is very basic.
Kanye shared a photo of his small room, which is sparsely furnished with just a small bed, an open-fronted closet, some workout equipment and a TV. The photograph showed a small selection of shoes and clothes and a bottle of water next to the bed, and a suitcase open on the floor.
Kanye hosted a listening party for his album at the stadium last week and was said to have been so inspired by the crowd, he decided to stay there to finish the record.
According to TMZ, he also has a studio space set up and there’s a chef on hand to prepare his meals for him.
Donda is his mom: West and his mother, Donda, hold his three awards backstage at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles in 2007