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Kanye West's second Donda listening party at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta was a more theatrical event than the first party.

His estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, arrived with their four children to supported Kanye at his latest listening party on Thursday, Aug. 5.

Kim, 40, and the couple's kids - North, 8, Saint, five, Chicago, 3, and 2-year-old Psalm - were in attendance for the bash.

According to TMZ, Kim was joined by family friends, including her KKW Chief Marketing Officer Tracy Romulus and her children, at the event.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star shared some photos on Twitter, including one picture of her designer outfit which, like Kanye's and their children's, was designed by Balenciaga.

The fashion house's artistic director, Demna Gvasalia, served as creative director for the Donda listening party.

The reality star and her children also attended Kanye's first listening party on July 22 in his birthplace Atlanta, Ga.

The 44-year-old rapper held the event at the stadium, where he has been living while finishing off the album with his producer, aspiring rappers and other hangers ons.

Thursday night's event, which was livestreamed on Apple Music, was more theatrical than the first preview.

It began with a 24-hour livestream video of the rapper's bedroom at the arena, showing Kanye and others finishing the record. Kanye was also seen sleeping peacefully in a windowless room for several hours before the show.

Out on stage, Kanye stood in a minimal set featuring a bed and was eventually circled in the stage area by a crowd of people.

The album played in a different order to the the previous event and included new songs featuring singer The Weeknd, and rappers Lil Yachty, Lil Durk and Jay Electronica.

The climax of the event saw Kanye "levitating" out of the half empty stadium while his single "No Child Left Behind" played.

According to pre-order information, the 24-track collection will be released on August 9 on Apple Music.
 

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Music producer DJ Toomp shared his opinion on Kanye West's long-awaited 10th studio album, Donda.

The renowned producer expressed his disappointment in the album, named for Kanye's late mother, Donda West.

DJ Toomp was in attendance during Kanye's first Donda listening party at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 22.

Like many disappointed Kanye fans, Toomp was particularly irked by the lack of drums or percussion on any of the tracks.

"I hope the album doesn't sound like this," Toomp said during an interview with Big High ATL.

"If I was in the studio with 'Ye, I'd say 'Is this shit gonna drop anywhere? Cause you build us up and we thinkin' that shit finna go crazy but right when you think a beat's gonna drop, that shit go to another song. That's why I was like 'This album must not be finished.'"

READ ALSO: Kanye West wears the same clothes for three days

DJ Toomp previously worked with Kanye on his Graduation album (2007), producing the tracks "Can't Tell Me Nothing" and "Good Life" (featuring T-Pain).

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The 51-year-old Atlanta DJ also produced hits for rappers T.I. (pictured), Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Pitbull and Jay Z, among others.

Toomp is eager to work with Kanye to improve the Donda album -- but he has not heard from his old pal, who moved into the Mercedes-Benz Stadium on July 23 to finish the album.

"I would really love to help him put that album together. I want to hear some more lyrics, man. Definitely beats. But as far as the artist, I want to hear lyrics. Where that shock value at that he usually brings, ya know?"

Toomp said the album doesn't sound like a personal tribute to Kanye's mom.

"He just got out of a divorce, so there's a few things that he wanna pour out personally on that album. It may be a real personal album. If you naming this Donda after your moms, where's that mom record at that's gonna make every n***a whose mom ain't here no more feel like it's their favorite shit on the album."

 

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Kanye West wasn't happy that his first Donda listening party, held at his temporary home in Atlanta, wasn't completely sold out.

Despite reports that the Mercedes-Benz Stadium was sold out for his first event -- the upper decks were empty, and Kanye noticed.

So he's hosting another album release party for his upcoming Donda album at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where he's been living and working on the album since July 22.

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Kanye's bedroom at the stadium is not much larger than a college dorm room or a jail cell at the nearby Fulton County lockup in downtown Atlanta.

The spartan living quarters includes a twin bed with a white comforter, a wall-mounted television, an open locker containing a few outfits, a suitcase, a small storage locker that doubles as a nightstand, and a digital clock on the cinder block wall.

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The 44-year-old mogul is still brainstorming on how to make the listening event unique to fill new seats in the upper decks.
 
READ ALSO: Kanye West wears the same clothes for three days while living at Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Sources in Kanye's camp tell TMZ, Yeezy and his production team locked down Aug. 5 as the date for another Donda album release on the eve of the album drop on Aug. 6.

Kanye pays an exorbitant $1 million per day to live in a space in the locker room with access to a shower and toilet stall.

The $1 million per day goes toward paying the salaries for 100 stadium employees who are at Kanye's beck and call while he's living there. Those same employees will work his upcoming Donda album release party.

Kanye's first listening party broke the Apple Music Global Livestream record with 3.3 million viewers.

Unfortunately, many of them didn't like what they heard.

Fans peppered their reviews with descriptive language such as "trash" and "ass."

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TMZ sources say CAA and Live Nation are putting pressure on Ye and his production company to make the second Donda event different.

They fear it won't be easy to sell tickets in Atlanta if the event is a carbon copy of the first.

Remember, Kanye gave away 5,000 tickets to white college students, but the place still wasn't packed to the rafters.

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It's unclear what Kanye plans to do the second time around. He could go with a new stage or have a choir and perform the songs live with his celebrity pals like Jay Z.

WSB Radio hosts are donating their private suites at the stadium as part of the 21st annual 95.5 WSB Care-a-Thon going on right now.

You and your friends can use the fully stocked suite for Kanye's listening event. Learn more at choa.org/careathon. Or call 1-888-750-2772.

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Kanye West is reportedly living at Atlanta, Georgia's $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium while working on his Donda album, now scheduled for release on August 6.

Kanye is reportedly putting the finishing touches on the album at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta where he hosted a listening party on Thursday, July 22.

According to a Twitter user, the rapper ordered 10 beds for himself and his entourage as they pulled all nighters to finish the album.

The father-of-four reportedly built a studio space and living quarters inside a locker room. He even brought in a chef to prepare meals in the locker room.

Despite having access to showers in the locker room, Kanye has reportedly not changed his clothes in several days.

The 44-year-old producer was spotted walking around in the stands during Saturday's Atlanta United soccer game at MBS. He wore the same clothes he'd worn two days earlier.
 

On Saturday, an Atlanta resident shared a photo on Twitter of the rap star wearing the same red YEEZY GAP puffer jacket and red pants he wore to Thursday's listening event. He also wore a stocking mask over his face.

The user captioned the image: "So apparently Kanye West is still walking around Mercedes-Benz Stadium in his #DONDA release party fit."

Kanye canceled his planned July 25 performance at the Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida, as he continues to tweak his album.

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Kanye West held a listening party for his long-awaited 10th studio album, Donda, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Thursday, July 22.

His estranged wife, Kim Kardashian and their four children attended the album listening party.

The album was named for Kanye's late mother, Donda West.

According to reports, Kanye was still mixing the album in Atlanta late Thursday, which explains the delayed start of the event.

He was spotted backstage at the stadium working on last-minute tweaks. He invited rappers Plaiboi Carti and 2 Chainz to add verses to the album on Thursday. Which likely means the album will not be ready for release on Friday.

The event finally got underway around 9:30 p.m., as Kanye strolled onto the white stadium floor wearing a red bubble jacket with matching red tank top and latex pants.

The highlight of the unfinished album was Jay Z's verse on "Guess Who's Going to Jail Tonight." Jay Z reportedly recorded his verse at 4 p.m. today.

The album reviews were all bad on Twitter and Reddit.com.

One Reddit user wrote:

"As a HUGE Kanye stan, this was f--king horrible. Idk how anyone is defending this."

Another Reddit user wrote:

"Remember when you saw the Sha'carri commercial and thought 'oh shit when the beat drops on this track, its gonna be crazy'. Well, that's every song. And the beat never drops."

And a third Reddit user wrote:

"this album was so bad that the only way you could save it is by calling it "avant garde."

Watch the full listening party below.
 

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Kim Kardashian and her four children have arrived to Kanye West's DONDA album listening party in Atlanta -- but Kanye is still not in the building.

The event started at 8 p.m. It's 9:28 p.m. and the crowd is growing restless inside the sold-out Mercedes Benz stadium in Atlanta, as fans await Kanye's appearance at his album listening party.

Not much is going on. The crowd has been chanting and cheering whenever a vehicle arrives at the stadium.

Watch the full listening party below.
 

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Kanye West will host a listening party for his long-awaited new album, Donda, at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

The rapper and mega producer will play tracks from the album, named after his late mother, for paying fans on Thursday, July 22.

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The cover art from the album was unveiled on Monday, July 19, just before tickets for the album listening party went on sale.

Kanye, 44, has hosted elaborate album parties for The Life of Pablo album at Madison Square Garden in 2016 and he flew journalists and celebrities to his ranch in Wyoming for his Ye listening bash in 2018.

A few tracks from the Donda album leaked online over the weekend.

Donda marks West's first album since the release of gospel hit Jesus Is Born in 2019.

Meanwhile, it was reported that Kanye produced Lil Nas X's new single, "Industry Baby," which drops on Friday, July 23.

Kanye is in the midst of a divorce from reality TV star Kim Kardashian, 40. The ex power couple share four children - daughters North, 8, and Chicago, 3, and sons Saint, 5, and 2-year-old Psalm.

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The 44-year-old rapper reportedly reunited with Kim and their children to visit the Asian Art Museum on Saturday.

An insider said the former couple had bodyguards with them but no nannies or other help.

Speaking to E! News, the source said:

"They were excited to be there, and everyone seemed to be getting along great between Kim and Kanye. They were there for the kids as the museum is a very family friendly environment, and this specific exhibit brings out the childlike wonder in us all. By all accounts they were gracious, appreciative, and had a great time!"

Kanye is reportedly disappointed that his relationship with Russian model Irina Shayk, 35, isn't generating buzz like he'd hoped.

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Pastor Jamal Bryant caused waves at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church when he redirected Kanye West's donation to Atlanta's Morris Brown College in the name of Kanye's late mom, Donda West.

Kanye held his popular "Sunday Service" at Bryant's New Birth Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, Sept. 15.

Before the service Kanye presented Bryant with a sizable donation for the church.

But on Sunday, Oct. 13, Bryant told his congregation he didn't want Kanye's money after the rap musician expressed his support for President Trump and the Republican Party in Utah.

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"Abraham Lincoln was the wig party, that's the Republican party that freed the slaves," Kanye told the crowd of about 9,000 worshipers in Utah.

Bryant was livid.

"I went into prayer, and it dawned on me in prayer that Dr. Donda West, who was the mother of Kanye West, is a former professor at Morris Brown College," Bryant said on Sunday.

Bryant said he was redirecting Kanye's donation to Morris Brown in Donda West's name.

"I am not a runaway slave," Bryant said.

"To that end, Mr. West made a significant donation to New Birth Cathedral, but I do not want to be guilty of double speech. I met with my team today and the donation that he made to our church, I am now redirecting.

"I am thankful for the gift, thankful the seed, thankful for the sacrifice but I don't want to be seen in any way, shape or form to be seen in cahoots with philosophy or with policies that keep our people in bondage.

Bryant went on to say he was "not a preacher that can be bought or comes with a price tag."

Morris Brown College has been in dire straits financially since losing its accreditation in 2002. Only 50 students out of 2,700 remain on the historic campus.

Watch Bryant's speech below, courtesy of StraightFromtheA.com.