Dispatch from #DONDAWatch, Working day 14: The conclude, it seems, is close to. By all accounts, Kanye West has been holed up deep in the bowels of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga, since internet hosting a listening session for his new album Donda there on July 22. Ye has now presumably expended a fortnight in this place, wandering all over the stadium like a futuristic count. He’s been carrying his present uniform—comprising 1 of the different colorways of his Gap collab puffer and a balaclava-like mask—showing up at a soccer activity, and ending up his tenth studio album.
But considering that the early hours of Thursday early morning, a soundless livestream has proven the goings-on inside his sparse bed room-turned-studio. You can tune to check out now via Apple Music, which expenses the stream as an option to “Watch Kanye finishing Donda in Atlanta.” Which is translated to: recording, lifting weights, performing thrust-ups, putting on spiked Balenciaga, and sleeping, more or a lot less in that get. On the wall at the rear of him is a countdown clock, ticking down the minutes right until 12:30 a.m. on Friday, August 6.
As evidenced by the footage from his room—giving off East German hotel vibes—Kanye appears to be cultivating a quite specific glance for this most up-to-date album cycle. He appears to be to be specifically vibing with Balenciaga artistic director Demna Gvasalia’s apocalyptic fall 2020 collection—which, chillingly, confirmed at Paris Trend Week just days right before the coronavirus pandemic shut down Europe last March. Without a doubt, Gvasalia is set to artistic-direct tomorrow’s Donda festivities. And Kanye’s not by yourself: joining in his pseudo-mobile block tango are a host of collaborators, together with Possibility the Rapper, Lil Yachty, Vic Mensa, and producer Mike Dean, quite a few of whom have matched Ye in sporting custom Donda tactical vests.
And on Thursday afternoon, we bought one more glimpse of what Donda might really audio like, in the kind of a new Beats by Dre commercial, starring sprinter Sha’Carri, that functions a Ye x Dre team-up referred to as “Glory”:
Lots a lot more Donda news will absolutely emanate from the underbelly of Atlanta’s football stadium—check back again for a lot more.