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Following the August release of "Donda," Kanye West is gearing up to drop more new music. On Jan. 27, the 44-year-old rapper announced that "Donda 2" will be dropping on Feb. 22. The album will be executive produced by Future.
On Feb. 17, West announced that "Donda 2" is getting a unique release through a device called the Stem Player, which is being sold in conjunction with the album to allow viewers to listen. "'Donda 2' will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player. Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube," West shared on Instagram, explaining, "Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It's time to free music from this oppressive system. It's time to take control and build our own. Go to stemplayer.com now to order."
On its website, it states that the device retails for $200, has 8GB of storage, bluetooth compatability, lighting features, a speaker, a headphone jack, and supports all forms of audio. Uniquely, the Stem Player allows its buyers to do their own editing by enabling you to control vocals, drums, bass, and samples; isolate parts; add effects; audio mix; and save and download your mixes. According to West, the device has sold 39,503 units since launching on Aug. 25, bringing in over $8.6 million.
Shortly after sharing his update on "Donda 2"'s release, West also shared the album's 22-song trackliston Instagram, though no features are listed. "Like we always do at this time," he captioned the post. At this time, it's unclear whether or not this will be the final tracklist for the album, but it wouldn't surprise us if West made a few last-minute changes.
Ahead of the "Donda 2" release, Netflix released West's three-part documentary, "Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy," which debuted at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Directed by West's frequent collaborators Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah, the project chronicles the rapper's early days through video footage filmed over the course of 20 years.
West was involved in the making of the project, but he recently demanded that he get the final edit and approval of the documentary before its Feb. 16 release. "I must get final edit and approval on this doc before it releases on Netflix," he wrote in a now-deleted post on Instagram. "Open the edit room immediately so I can be in charge of my own image. Thank you in advance 😊." West later gave the documentary a written stamp of approval. "Never give up on your dreams and follow your Jeen-Yuhs! Praise GOD!" the rapper wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post on Feb. 16.