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Ye or Nay? Why We’re Still Conflicted About Kanye


Conflicted About Kanye

On this episode of democracy-ish, Danielle and Toure are in search of a Lost Boy.

  • On Tuesday, Kanye West dropped his 10th album, “Donda,” named for his mother, which explores Kanye’s relationship with her as well as his Christian faith. But it’s tainted by cameos from musical supervillains Marilyn Manson and DaBaby.

  • Reviews from critics and even fans are mixed. Toure found “Donda” unimpressive, while Danielle hasn’t listened. She canceled Kanye around the time he claimed slavery was a “choice.”

  • What, if anything, does Kanye mean for the culture –– and why is he so disconnected from the Black community?

Kanye West may have revolutionized hip-hop, but his politics, his personal struggles and his slavish devotion to capitalism may have done him in.


This week, Kanye released the hotly anticipated “Donda,” his tenth studio album and the first since 2019’s “Jesus Is King.” Clocking in at nearly two hours and 27 tracks, it pays tribute to his mother, Donda West, Ph.D., who died in 2007.


In recent years Kanye has become notorious for missing his own publicized release dates. “Donda” was slated for July, but reports of guest artists appearing at his makeshift recording studio in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta persisted well into August. While Toure characterizes the album as “unimpressive,” many critics simply call it “unfinished.”