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Kanye West: Donda released by Universal without my say, artist claims

West made the allegation shortly after the album was finally released on streaming services on Sunday.

He also claimed Universal had “blocked” a song featuring DaBaby and Marilyn Manson from being on the record. “Universal put my album out without my approval and they blocked Jail 2 from being on the album,” he wrote.

The track in question includes contributions from DaBaby and Marilyn Manson, both of whose involvement in Donda has caused controversy.

Both Manson and DaBaby made appearances at West’s third Donda listening event on Thursday in Chicago. Also at the recent listening event, Jay-Z’s verses on jail were replaced by new verses by DaBaby, which caused a flurry of backlash online, however, the released version reinstates Jay-Z’s appearance. Donda has 27 tracks featuring various artists like the Weeknd, Jay Electronica, The Lox, Young Thug, the late Pop Smoke, Pusha T, Travis Scott, Lil Baby, and Kid Cudi. West last year announced that he was working on an album titled God’s Country, West later announced the title had been changed to Donda in honour of his late mother, Donda West.

The album arrives amidst some huge changes in the rapper’s private life. Kanye officially filed to have his name legally changed to Ye. The name change petition came months after the news that he and Kim Kardashian West were heading towards divorce. Kardashian West appeared in the crowd to show her support for both Donda events in Atlanta with their children. At the Chicago event, she made a grand entry at the event dressed up as a bride in Balenciaga Haute Couture, where the duo re-enacted their vows.

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