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Kanye West releases four Donda 2 tracks

By | Published on Thursday 24 February 2022

Kanye West - Donda 2 launch event

Good news for anyone sitting around with a weird circular MP3 player in their hand waiting for Kanye’s new album to pop up on it: he’s released… some of it. Four tracks from West’s ‘Donda 2’ album emerged yesterday for owners of his Stem Player device.

‘Security’, ‘Pablo’, ‘Open Road’ and ‘We Did It Kid’ – all of which were previewed at West’s live launch event in Miami earlier this week – are now available to download on the $200 Stem Player devices to listen to and remix to your heart’s content.

West announced the arrival of the four tracks in a since-deleted tweet last night. He gave no indication as to when the rest would arrive – the full album having been expected (by people with short memories) as soon as that launch event finished on Tuesday.

Last week, West said that the new record would not be available via streaming services, but would instead be made available exclusively through the Stem Player device he launched last year. The move was apparently a protest against the royalties paid out to artists from streaming.

On Saturday, he then announced that he’d sold more than $2 million worth of the devices to around 8000 fans in just 24 hours. This obviously still makes the number of people able to listen to ‘Donda 2’ when it arrives in full relatively small. Until it hits the piracy sites, of course.