Kanye West’s third listening party for his unreleased album, “Donda,” was a strange affair, of course.
In Chicago, Kanye put on a show, a spectacle that was simultaneously meaningless and weird, offensive and bizarre.
With a replica of his childhood home topped by a cross set in the center of the stage, Kanye welcomed recent alleged rapist Marilyn Manson. Then he replaced a verse of one of his new songs originally sung by Jay Z with Da Baby, the rapper currently cancelled for making anti-gay remarks in public.
Later in the show, Kanye set himself on fire, had to be extinguished, then participated in what looked like a wedding ceremony with someone who looked like his ex-wife Kim Kardashian.
I am not a “Donda” expert, but online people who watched said they didn’t care for this version of the album, and preferred the last listening session in Atlanta.
What Kanye has become is a circus master. It’s all flash and show, there’s very little substance. Limousines circled the house, there were armies of extras marching around on stage. No one who was watching had any idea what was going on.
There were many references to Jesus, God, and Christ. But it’s all just a collage, like spin art religion, sound and fury signifying nothing.
And no “Donda” released followed. Of course.
Can’t believe Kanye West really lit himself on fire at the #Donda event
— (@YESEEGHOSTS) August 27, 2021
Qui est sous le voile de cette robe de mariée ?
Kim Kardashian West ??? 😮🤯#DONDA #KanyeWestpic.twitter.com/J4sWMklLAk
— Antoine Llorca (@antoinellorca) August 27, 2021