Kanye West‘s long-awaited release, Donda, was dropped on streaming platforms Sunday, August 29th. The singer-songwriter took to Instagram just hours later and announced that the album had been released without his permission.
“Universal put my album out without my approval and they blocked Jail 2 from being on the album,” the post read.
While no comment from Universal Music Group has been made, sources from the company are calling West’s claims “preposterous.”
“Jail 2” refers to Donda’s track “Jail Pt 2” which was originally unavailable to many listeners. Blocked songs on streaming services often have not been cleared legally, but “Jail Pt 2” became available later in the release day’s afternoon.
Both the tracks “Jail” and “Jail Pt 2” have caused controversy in recent weeks. Stars Marilyn Manson, who is currently facing sexual assault allegations from multiple women, and DaBaby, who made headlines with homophobic comments in recent weeks, attended the fourth listening party for Donda and appeared on the tracks at the time.
The involvement of Manson and DaBaby caused a backlash from listeners. Many took to social media to express their disgust, including record producer Drew Dixon.
“I’m old enough to remember when Kanye used his platform to call out the lack of support for survivors of Hurricane Katrina,” she tweeted, “but as Hurricane Ida strikes, he’s complaining about not being able to include a homophobe on his album (after hanging out with a serial rapist). Sad.”
DaBaby’s verse in “Jail” has since been replaced by Jay-Z’s original feature and was released to streaming platforms as such.
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