Kanye West Brings Marilyn Manson Out at Chicago Donda Livestream Event
Kanye West hosted the third livestreamed listening party for his new album Donda. While the last two took place in Atlanta, the new one broadcast live from his hometown of Chicago, where he set up a replica of his childhood Chicago home inside Soldier Field. The broadcast was streamed on Apple Music. (Pitchfork earns a commission from purchases made through affiliate links on our site.)
The house was surrounded by vehicles and candles, while a big screen shared Bible verses. West appeared on the stoop alongside Marilyn Manson, who is currently facing multiple lawsuits for sexual assault. A new feature from DaBaby appeared to take the place of a previously shared JAY-Z verse, too. Multiple new songs were added to the album for its third public debut. COVID-19 vaccinations and tests were reportedly not required for the limited capacity event.
West has been teasing Donda since last year. In July 2020, he shared a song snippet titled “Donda” that featured a sample of West’s late mother Donda reciting lyrics from KRS-One’s “Sound of da Police.” Later that month, he tweeted and deleted a 20-song tracklist, later sharing an updated, 12-track roster from his next album, called Donda.
The rapper revived hype around the album just last month, when he announced the first Donda listening party, which took place at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on July 22. West premiered Donda at the event, which was scheduled for release the following day. It never appeared.
West later pushed the album release date to August 6 and announced a second Donda listening party, which took place, once again, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Ahead of the second event, Apple streamed West’s living quarters within the arena where was allegedly “finishing” the album. Ahead of the third event, West started selling a device called the Donda Stem Player.
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This article was originally published on Thursday, August 26 at 11:10 p.m. Eastern. It was last updated on Friday, August 27 at 8:43 a.m. Eastern.