- BIRTH BIRTH IN HIS CITY TO FIND A TENTH ALBUM, A AWARD TO MOTHER.
- Kanye West’s decision to host Donda’s album party in Dola, Atla, was symbolic in many ways.
When the artist released his first album after the 2019 Gospel LP pairing, countless stories became clear: about Kanye and how Black Mecca was part of his identity, despite the brand being synonymous with Chicago, where he grew up.
The 44-year-old rapper and business tycoon was born in Atlanta, the home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his late mother Donda West, born in his most transformative years. She received her master’s degree from Black History College, University of Atlanta, renamed Clark University in Atlanta in 1988. After that, Donda began teaching at Maurice Brown College, HBCU, located in the heart of Atlanta next to Morehouse and Spelman colleges. iconic.
His lifelong commitment is to increase literacy and reduce black youth dropout rates in marginalized communities. Not surprisingly, his son ordered thousands of HBCU student tickets to attend the event for free. Kanye’s return to Atlanta was a deliberate trip home to honor his mother’s legacy in the city where he began his life.
The Mercedes-Benz Stadium has a capacity of 71,000 seats. The venue sold out for a listening party in less than a week. It attracted an audience that reflected a wide variety of hip-hop – fans of all origins and ages who wanted to see his 10th studio album. During the listening party, Donda’s soothing voice – via audio recorded before her death in 2007 – played between a series of songs artistically incorporated into the album as her legacy theme.
Kanye, often too extravagant in his artistic vision abandoned all the tricks and special appearances from the main stage, which remained naked and snow-white. He even covered his face for the whole show. It is art in its simplest form that is not shared by all audiences. But die-hard Yeezy fans think of every song as a sermon. So he had the full attention of the stadium for 48 minutes.
During the album’s performance, Kanye toured the stage, immersed in the music and captivated by the melodic melodies. That’s for Donda. It is about the possibilities of music therapy. During the event, he knelt and stroked the floor with his forehead several times. Maybe he’s associated with something bigger than music. Perhaps that was his moment with Donda. If heaven had a landline, it would never hang. And in recent years, Kanye has launched a Sunday Service series, showing how prayer is his most excellent wireless plan to connect with his mother.