July 27, 2021

Kanye West Shows Off Room at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium While He Finishes Donda Album


Kanye West is showing off what appears to be his current living situation.

On Tuesday, the 44-year-old rapper shared a photo on Instagram of a room that seems to be inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, where West is reportedly staying while he completes his 10th studio album Donda.

The room is small and undecorated, but includes a mattress and a wardrobe where some clothes have been hung. Other belongings sit in a suitcase on the floor, while footwear and hand weights are sprawled along the rooms perimeter.

Next to the bed is makeshift nightstand, and a bottle of water beside a glass.

Only two items hang on the walls: a flat screen television and a digital clock.

West’s untraditional approach to fine-tuning his latest album was first reported by the Associated Press on Tuesday. A rep for West did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The artist held a massive listening party there on July 22, introducing his new music before a sold-out crowd. His ex Kim Kardashian West and their four children – daughters North, 8, and Chicago, 3, and sons Saint, 5½, and Psalm, 2 – were in attendance, as well as Khloé Kardashian, Shaquille O’Neal, CeeLo Green, Big Boi and Jadakiss.

On Saturday, the artist was spotted in the stands of Mercedes-Benz Stadium during Atlanta United’s soccer game, wearing the stocking-like mask and red snowsuit he was pictured in two days prior at the listening party.

“So apparently Kanye West is still walking around Mercedes-Benz Stadium in his #DONDA release party fit,” one person commented on Twitter.

Donda is named after the Grammy winner’s late mother Donda West, who died at the age of 58 following plastic surgery complications in 2007. The album is his first since Kardashian filed for divorce in February after six years of marriage, which he alludes to in a song called “Love Unconditionally.”

West got emotional as the song played at his listening party on Thursday, dropping to his knees in front of a crowd of supporters.

The track begins with the voice of the rapper’s late mother offering words of advice about love and marriage.

"DONDA By Kanye West" Listening Event
“DONDA By Kanye West” Listening Event
Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Universal Music Group

“Two lessons that he passed along to his children,” she says. “The first is that no matter what, you never abandon your family. The second was that no matter what, you love unconditionally.”

West then repeats the lyrics “I’m losing my family” as the track continues.

“She’s screaming at me / Honey, why could you leave?” he raps. “Darling, how could you leave? / Come back tonight, baby / Come back tonight, darling, please / Darling, how could you leave?”

The new album, which is due Aug. 6, according to the AP and Variety, is his first since the release of his 2019 gospel album Jesus Is King, which earned him a best contemporary Christian album Grammy.

Katie Campione

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