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Kanye West, Donda Review: Marilyn Manson’s Inexplicable Presence Leaves A Sour That No Kind Of Gospel Can Wash Off

“I gave up doing things my way,” sings Kanye West on “Lord I Need You.” This lie puts 20 songs on the rapper and producer’s long-delayed quasi-mythical album, Donda. At two minutes and 42 seconds, it’s one of the shortest. Be grateful for the little benevolence.

Donda went through one of the toughest and most engaging musical releases in recent memory. There are young artists stuck in label limbo literally begging to be allowed to release their albums, but Ye was content to raise a few thousand more dollars from fans through partying. listened to music last week in Chicago before allowing them to listen to his music. Even after the recording finally hit streaming services, West seemed desperate to undo it and went on to accuse his studio Universal of releasing it without permission. his.

It seems more likely that West feels compelled to make a fresh start on his nemesis, Drake, who last week appeared to reveal his own delayed album, certified love boy, will be released on September 3. The Canadian star has been the subject of many caresses Donda: “Find a way to free me… Why losers never lose their peace,” West gritted his teeth. “Junya,” a tribute to the Japanese designer. Many of these songs are bogus songs – “Lord I Need You” really delves into a fractured relationship (but from the sound of it, healing) with his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian. Others are preoccupied with lingering Western thoughts about God and Jesus; Donda’s gospel influence is far more intricately woven than its predecessor, 2019’s neglected-sounding Jesus is King.

However, most of the best music recycles tricks from better songs before it. “Believe What I Say” is uplifting (one of the few truly brilliant tracks on Donda) sampled Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Woop (That Thing),” while the pulse of the house continued to ring throughout the beat of “Stronger.” Meanwhile, the slow one-two punch of the “Jail” motif only helps recall Kendrick Lamar’s 2017 race-striking punch, “Humble.”

Get glimpses of the ingenuity that drove genre-defining, era-defining works like 2007 Graduate or 2010 My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Mike Dean, a longtime Western collaborator and one of the best beaters in the game (who was on the verge of giving up on the project earlier this month), deploys a murky drum style on “The Thing.” remote control”. Piano notes fly out like dolphins on the crest of a synth line owed to Hans Zimmer on “Come to Life.” But these moments of brilliance – like the sun’s rays momentarily breaking through dark storm clouds – are so rare that when you appear on the other side, all is forgotten.

What cannot be forgotten – or forgiven – is the presence of two of the most despised characters in music in “Jail Pt 2”. West warned of Marilyn Manson and DaBaby’s involvement when the pair turned up at his Chicago music party, standing with him on the porch of the house that once belonged to his mother. Manson joined West for the chorus – “Guess I’m going to jail tonight” – in a moment of mockery so blunt it made my throat hurt. It’s not clear whether the West is trying to make “culture-destroying” comments or using these men as a religious metaphor: both are inexcusable. Manson now faces multiple lawsuits over allegations of sexual assault (he has denied all the charges against him), including actor Evan Rachel Wood, who has accused Manson of grooming and abused her for many years. DaBaby, who has become increasingly stubborn in the face of criticism for his ignorant and homophobic comments about people living with HIV, belittling me as I am trash / And awake Food that you all have removed from my table? / You know it to feed my daughters? “

West is clearly surrounded by a team that’s too scared or too exhausted to say “no,” but it speaks to much of society’s indifference to the rape survivors that Universal will release an album for. This one starring Manson. Donda’Extended releases often feel as though West is deliberately testing them, along with his fans, critics, and studios. How far can he go before we start? For me, his “stunt” Manson, if you can call it that, is it. West befriended a man whom at least 15 women have accused of rape, sexual assault, grooming, assault, torture, physical and psychological abuse. He stood on his late mother’s porch with Manson, singing with him, openly mocking women brave enough to come forward. Critics often have to remind themselves to reconsider the music, not to get caught up in the hype or controversy surrounding the artist. But by involving Manson, West made this impossible. Donda leaves a sour taste that not some good rhythms, gospel choirs, or church bodies can wash off. No problem.

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Tom Vazquez

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