On Thursday night (July 22), West took over the venue, which is home to Atlanta United FC and NFL team the Atlanta Falcons, to host a public playback of his 10th album.
According to TMZ, the rapper and producer is now temporarily living in the building as he puts the final touches on ‘DONDA’. The outlet reports that Ye has constructed a studio space and living quarters, and has even brought in a private chef to prepare his meals.
On Saturday (July 24), West was spotted wandering around the stadium during an Atlanta United football match versus Columbus Crew, which he documented on his Instagram – see the footage below.
— Grover & Ferris & Magoo (@venus_fry_cook) July 24, 2021
Kanye West at the Atlanta United FC game ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/2mF4oTXlQG
— SAINT (@saint) July 24, 2021
Kanye West spotted at the ATL United FC game living his best life? pic.twitter.com/T5LKShrd7l
— Hip Hop Ties (@HipHopTiesMedia) July 24, 2021
DONDA’ will reportedly arrive next month, according to internet personality Justin Laboy.
A press release originally stated that West’s new album would be released on Friday (July 23) via G.O.O.D. Music/Def Jam Recordings, but in true Kanye fashion, the album did not materialise on said date.
“KANYE WEST WILL MOVE THE RELEASE DATE OF DONDA TO AUGUST 6TH,” Laboy tweeted yesterday (July 24). “THANKS FOR YOUR PATIENCE HE WANTS TO GIVE HIS FANS THE BEST POSSIBLE PRODUCT WITHOUT RUSHING ANYTHING. HE LOVES YALL WITH ALL OF HIS HEART. GOD BLESS #DONDA #RESPECTFULLY.”
West is yet to comment on the release date himself. NME has reached out to representatives for West for comment.
An eBay listing from user imacanon16canz – who has 100 per cent positive feedback – is doing the rounds online as it claims to be selling air from Ye’s listening party. The starting price for the Ziplock bag full of oxygen from the event is $3,330.00.