Is Marilyn Manson at Donda?
"Marilyn Manson's voice is featured on DONDA, and he will continue to conceptually collaborate with Ye on the DONDA project," a spokesperson for the rocker told Billboard. Newsweek was first to break the news. BillboardMarilyn Manson's 'Voice Is Featured' on Kanye West's 'Donda' Album
Was that Kim in the wedding dress?
Fans speculated that it might have just been a Kardashian look-alike in the dress, but her representatives confirmed to NBC News it was the reality star herself in a Balenciaga wedding gown. Later, her famous sisters celebrated Kardashian's cameo. Today.comKim Kardashian joins Kanye West onstage in wedding dress
What was the Donda event?
West previously premiered "Donda" at two shows in Atlanta's Mercedes Benz Stadium, but it was the listening event in the Windy City that got social media talking. West, dressed in an all-black outfit, created the main stage as a replica of his childhood home, crowned with a steeple atop a dirt mound. USA TODAYKanye West joined by DaBaby, Marilyn Manson at controversial 'Donda' event, social media reacts
Are Kim and Kanye getting back together Donda?
TMZ got intel from sources about what it really meant. No, Kardashian and West are not back together. Sources “with direct knowledge,” TMZ wrote, told the outlet for weeks that “the two are NOT back together, but they're forever family. ELLE.comWhat Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's ‘Donda’ Wedding Moment Really Means for Their Relationship
28 August, 2021 - 08:40pm
At Thursday night’s Donda event, Kanye West shocked fans by sharing the stage with his estranged wife Kim Kardashian, who was dressed in a Balenciaga wedding dress and a face-concealing veil, moments before the pair were pictured holding hands outside.
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did kanye and kim k just get back together
Soooo are Kim and Kanye back together or was that just for the performance art?
wait, so are kim and kanye back together or not cause i’m confused
Damn…… I’ve never seen anything this sick!!!!! 👑🐐🙏🏽
Kanye and Kim wearing color coordinating outfits tonight 📍
“I honestly can’t do this anymore,” she sobbed. “I’m still in this place where I’ve been stuck for years. ... I feel like a fucking failure that it’s [my] third fucking marriage. I feel like a fucking loser. But I can’t even think about that. I want to be happy.”
“I used to think that [living apart] was when we were getting along the best, but to me that’s sad and that’s not what I want,” she told Kris.
“It’s the little things that I don’t have,” she continued. “I have all the big things. I have [everything] extravagant you could possibly imagine. And no one will ever do it like that [again]. I’m grateful for those experiences, but I think I’m ready for the smaller experiences that I think will mean a lot.”
“I didn’t come this far to come this far and not be happy,” she said.
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Kim Kardashian West Shares New Photos of Wedding Dress from Controversial Donda Listening Experience
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As different images of Kanye West’s late mother, Donda West, flashed across screens at Solider Field on Thursday night speakers filled the stadium with one word on repeat: “Donda. Donda. Donda.”
Initially scheduled to begin at 9 p.m., Chicago rapper Kanye West took the stage nearly two hours late for his listening party, which recreated his South Shore home. Standing beneath a replica of that home, which was topped with a cross, West was joined by Marilyn Manson, who’s currently facing multiple sexual assault charges, and DaBaby, who received backlash this summer for homophobic comments. Also there were some of West’s creative cohorts: Westside Gunn, Don Toliver and Travis Scott.
As for COVID-19 safety protocols, negative test results and proof of vaccination were not required, but there were vaccines available on-site.
The stadium, with a normal capacity of 63,000, was limited to around 38,000 fans due to COVID-19 protocols.
With the front porch serving as the home’s unofficial stage, fans watched from the stands as the rapper played his latest album “Donda,” which he recently finished while living in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Soldier Field, however, could be described as eerie. The artist stood beneath hues of blues and fog with a mask covering his face as he moved his body, saying nothing but the lyrics.
Surrounding the replica of West’s childhood home stood a wrap-around fence, where dancers dressed in SWAT-like gear moved in rhythm to the beats; sometimes posing, often dancing or running in circles around the home.
Each song offered a different variation of church melodies, with rap lyrics and phrases sung over soft church hymnals. Instead of lyrics to the new songs, West offered Bible verses, with about one or two per song.
That prompted someone in the crowd to say, “Guess we should’ve brought a Bible.”
As a song featuring the Weeknd began to play, Isaiah 41:10 appeared at the bottom of the screen: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand,” the scripture states.
The verses seem to go hand-in-hand with the lyrics they accompanied, collectively telling the story of West’s confusing, emotional road to redemption in an unlikely gospel concert.
With features from artists like Kid Cudi, Larry Hoover and many others, it’s clear West’s goal with this new album is to bridge the gap between mainstream music and spirituality as fans praised God, shouting “Hallelujah!” just moments after saying “Ayyye!” and bobbing their head to the beat.
This unlikely blend becomes a little more apparent as the song que reaches its end, and the church hymns become more present in each song. At one point the only sound was the chorus speaking in tongues, or spiritual supernatural language used in the church.
But that changed for the final song, as traditional wedding music played, and a figure draped in all white appeared and slowly walked across the Soldier Field floor. The woman beneath the sheet is believed to be West’s former partner, Kim Kardashian, as they recreated their wedding day.
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Kanye West Takes ‘Donda’ Back Home To Chicago With Third Album Listening Experience: Fire, A Wedding Dress & Floating To Heaven Happens
27 August, 2021 - 01:04am
Third time is the charm for Kanye West’s (now just simply, Ye, if Uncle Sam allows) newest listening show for his 10th solo studio album in his home city of Chicago, for the long-anticipated Donda LP. The venue for this event at Soldier Field stadium falls in line with his two previous showcases of the evolving project—those sessions were held in Atlanta at the humongous Mercedes Benz stadium, where he’s also been working/living out of for the past few weeks. Moving the sessions from his birthplace of ATL to his childhood city of the Chi’, is rather significant as the album’s title is an ode to his beloved late mother, Donda West, and most likely, in synergy with the energy they spent in the Windy City.
That energy flowed so much that it broke from the other sets where Ye first donned an all-red leather ensemble with no stage, and an all-black S.W.A.T. team get-up with “Donda” blazed on the back in white letters and still minimal staging for the second session. Yet, a hundred similarly dressed fans poppin’ and danced and marched to the sounds…this time, he keeps the costumes and people and centered the staging to a true to sized replica of his childhood home, sitting on a mound of dirt encircled by a fence, which is against a rotating procession of hulking SUVs.
Ye has taken the visual sets for shows from the “watch me on stage” era to a full-on performance art space and doesn’t seem to care what people think about what traditional album roll outs should be. After seeing so many music fans (mainly those that haven’t attended any of the shows in person) slam him for moving the drop date at least three times in the last two months, explain how Ye wouldn’t sell any more tickets to an album that hasn’t released yet…but Soldier Field looked pretty full attendance-wise and I’m sure his merch sales were healthy. This time though, to sum it up in short, he rocked out, floated to the sky again (this time as an animation), danced weirdly, set himself(?) on fire, and possibly remarried Kim K. But the sounds mix was amazing.
What is it about Ye and his connection to pop culture where he can break so many rules, climb out of so many tough cancel culture situations and personal turmoil that tends to bleed into record-breaking mega-money business deals? It’s really uncanny. Kanye is abrasive and brash and God-fearing and street embracing and gospel-inspired…all while seemingly attracting the top-tier talent of hip-hop and beefing with some at the same time. There is a point with the questions about certain history-making artists/visionaries that are pointless, as their lives are lived on another plane, a plane we can still see but never understand.
Call it bullsh*t, but it’s true. MJ, The Purple One, The Voice, they all existed on a frequency we could hear but not experience WITH them. Ye is surely reaching that status, but he’s living so it’s different for us to comprehend. People out there support him and he supports those going through the vice grips of scandal, like having the troubled rocker Marilyn Manson on the porch with him at this session. He also allowed DaBaby, who is going through his own public beatdown, time to express himself on a new track about his current turbulent times.
Can Ye survive the continued onslaught of the good and bad press while questioning his own self-worth, faith, and sanity in the midst of a very public divorce with one of the world’s most recognized women? At some point, does the extravagant, elaborate, elusiveness of explaining his thoughts outside of music force him into a breakdown or breakthrough? Are we witnessing his freedom…yet again?
Who, what, and why are you doing what you do, Kanye? What Matrix are you operating from? Or are you someone that should be written off as gone to “our” community (something a friend mentioned back in Ye’s Red Cap days…but he was honestly done with Ye way before then)? I have more questions after this third listening, but not sure if answers will ever come. And if you the reader wonder why there are so many questions…I guess having seen his career from the start up until now, being extremely proud of him and deeply disappointed by him, are these questions about us as well, cus to be real in today’s current social climate, these questions could be asked of any of us.
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