Kanye West says Universal Music released ‘Donda’ without consent
Kanye West has claimed that Universal Music Group, the parent company to the label Def Jam, released his new album “Donda” without his approval.
In an Instagram post on Sunday — just hours after the long-anticipated “Donda” was released around 8 a.m. — West wrote: “Universal put my album out without my approval and they blocked Jail 2 from being on the album.
Representatives for Universal had no comment on the allegation, but sources at the company called it “preposterous” according to a report by Variety.
His mention of “JAIL 2” refers to the album’s 24th track, “Jail Pt 2,” which was originally unavailable to stream when the album was first released.
Around 1 p.m. ET, the song became available. Typically, when a song on an album is blocked from streaming on a service such as Spotify, the song has not been cleared legally because of a copyright conflict or similar issue.
The track — and its counterpart, “Jail” — has been a cause for controversy over the past few days, as the former features both Marilyn Manson, who has been accused of sexual assault by several women and DaBaby, who made headlines earlier in the month with his homophobic comments.
Both Manson and DaBaby made appearances at West’s fourth “Donda” listening event on Thursday in Chicago, causing immediate backlash on social media. The criticism continues on Sunday, as noted by the likes of label veteran Drew Dixon.
Apart from the controversy before its release, On Sunday, rapper Soulja Boy made it known on social media that his verse had been cut from the track “Remote Control,” and Pusha T also appears to no longer be featured on the album’s titular track.
Chris Brown also made some posts on social media claiming his verse has also been released from the album.
Def Jam sent a press release announcing the arrival of “Donda” at 10:39 a.m. ET.