WASHINGTON — Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West recently claimed that his record label released his new album “Donda” without his approval.
Hours after West’s 10th studio album went live on streaming services, the rapper took to Instagram and shared a post claiming that Universal Music Group, parent company to the label Def Jam, didn’t have his permission to release it.
“Universal put my album out without my approval, and they blocked ‘Jail 2’ from being on the album (sic),” the rapper wrote.
It is not clear what West means by “blocked” since there are songs titled “Jail” and “Jail Pt 2” as the second and 24th tracks, respectively, on the 27-song LP.
“Jail Pt 2” was originally unavailable to stream when the album was first released at 8 a.m. ET, but it was later added to the tracklist around 1 p.m. ET, as per reports.
Representatives for Universal had no comment on the allegation, but sources at the company called it “preposterous.”
Typically, when a song on an album is blocked from streaming on a service such as Spotify or others, the song has not been cleared legally because of a copyright conflict or similar issue.
The track and its counterpart, “Jail,” has been a cause for controversy over the past few days, as the former features both Marilyn Manson, who has been accused of sexual assault by several women, and DaBaby, who made headlines earlier in the month with his homophobic comments.
Both Manson and DaBaby made appearances at West’s fourth “Donda” listening event on Aug. 26, 2021, in Chicago, causing immediate backlash on social media.
The features on “Donda” have become a focal point on social media ever since it was revealed at the listening event on Aug. 26, 2021, that Jay-Z’s verse on “Jail” had been replaced by a feature from DaBaby (Jay-Z’s verse has since been reinstated).
Rapper Soulja Boy, on Aug. 29, 2021, made it known on social media that his verse had been cut from the track “Remote Control,” and Pusha T also appears to no longer be featured on the album’s titular track.
“Idk how to feel, Kanye sent me that song ‘remote control’ and I don’t hear my verse on it… hmm f — k that n — (sic),” the rapper tweeted, in response to a fan asking him about “Donda.”
Soulja Boy, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, also shared screenshots with his chat with West, where the latter asked him to visit Atlanta to collaborate for his new album.
“This n — Kanye smh. Tell homie don’t hit my phone no more (sic),” he wrote, alongside the pictures.
West originally announced “Donda,” named after his late mother Donda West, in 2020. The release date was eventually announced as July 23, 2021, before moving to Aug. 7, 2021. It finally dropped overnight on Aug. 29, 2021.
The rapper’s mother died at the age of 58 following plastic surgery complications in 2007.
(With inputs from ANI)
Edited by Ojaswin Kathuria and Nikita Nikhil
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