Kanye West sets himself on fire, remarries Kim at ‘Donda’ listening party

The Kanye West circus continued on Thursday night — with a new added attraction: Watch Ye set himself on fire!

Yup, that’s right. At the latest in a string of “Donda” listening parties — this one, at Soldier Field in his hometown of Chicago — West set himself on fire in a blazingly bizarre stunt that, thankfully, was just that: a stunt.

The fireworks happened at the end while the rapper was in front of a replica of his childhood home that was used to symbolize his upbringing with his beloved late mom, Donda West, who inspired the title of her son’s 10th studio album — which once again was not released, as teased, following the event.

But the fire fiasco wasn’t the only  trainwreck-in-motion moment at the listening party, which followed previous ones at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where West, 44, has reportedly been holed up to finish “Donda.” 

Kanye West set himself on fire at the end of his “Donda” listening party at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Thursday night.
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There was also West’s ex, Kim Kardashian, appearing on stage in a white Balenciaga Couture wedding dress, as the estranged couple re-created their 2014 nuptials during “No Child Left Behind.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the "Donda" listening party in Chicago on Thursday night.
Kanye West and ex Kim Kardashian recreated their 2014 wedding at his “Donda” listening party in Chicago on Thursday night.

And then there were the appearances by two controversial figures in Marilyn Manson and DaBaby. West brought out shock rocker Manson, who earlier this year was dropped by his label — and canceled by the rest of the music industry — after a number of women accused him of physically, mentally and sexually abusing them.

Kanye West, DaBaby and Marilyn Manson at West's "Donda" listening party
Kanye West brought out controversial rapper DaBaby and shock rocker Marilyn Manson in front of a replica of his childhood home at his “Donda” listening party.
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The rapper DaBaby — whose homophobic rant at Rolling Loud in Miami earlier this month has led him to be dropped from other festivals — also showed up, appearing to replace Jay-Z’s verse on a “Donda” track that was previously heard at the first Mercedes-Benz Stadium listening party.

Kanye West on fire at Chicago's Soldier Field
Kanye West’s latest “Donda” listening party came to a fiery end at Chicago’s Solider Field on Thursday night.
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Another artist, Lauryn Hill, made a buzzed-about appearance, but only in a sample of her hit “Doo Wop (That Thing)” — from her 1998 classic “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” — on one of the “Donda” tracks.

But at this point it’s hard to know if West’s album will ever come out — or if these stadium-size listening parties are just a way for him to rake in some big bucks from fans in the meantime.


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