Thousands of Atlanta-area HBCU students will be able to listen Kanye West’s highly-anticipated album “Donda” thanks to the artist. Learn more about why the rapper is setting aside tickets for HBCU students at Morris Brown College, Clark Atlanta University and more in the PageSix article by Francesca Bacardi below.
Kanye West is setting aside thousands of free tickets to his “Donda” listening party to several Atlanta-area HBCUs, Page Six can exclusively reveal.
The “Jesus Walks” rapper, 44, is hosting the listening event on Thursday at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 8 p.m. and has donated 5,000 tickets to faculty, staff and students of Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College, Morris Brown College and ITC.
Fans will also get to hear music from “Donda” during a Beats commercial airing Tuesday night during Game Six of the NBA Finals. We’re told the ad is an “emotional tribute” to runner Sha’Carri Richardson.
The highly anticipated album was first revealed to be completed — and ready for release — over the weekend when West hosted a secret listening party in Las Vegas.
“Kanye played his new album for me & @KDTrey5 last night in Vegas,” web personality Justin LaBoy tweeted, stoking the trending Twitter fan frenzy.
“The production is light-years ahead of its time, and the bars sound like he’s broke & hungry trying to get signed again. Any artist who plan on dropping soon should just push it back.”
LaBoy also heavily praised the artist’s upcoming album, “Kanye West album is really done. When it drops this week, we probably not going to listen to anything else for a while…” wrote Laboy.
“Donda,” which is named after his late mother Donda West, comes nearly two years after the Yeezy designer’s last album, “Jesus Is King.” It was originally meant to be released in 2020 but never came to fruition.
A source close to West previously told Page Six that at least one song on the record is extremely “emotional,” and he played it for estranged wife Kim Kardashian in private before his Las Vegas event.
“Kanye actually played the song for Kim personally before the listening party,” our source shared. “It’s emotional and personal. Not negative at all.”