Kanye West’s forthcoming album Donda 2 was announced with a February 22 release date with an accompanying “Donda Experience Performance” scheduled that same day at LoanDepot Park in Miami. In an Instagram post, West shared a teaser of new music playing on the Stem Player he released in conjunction with Donda last year. He also claimed that it’s the only way fans will be able to hear the new album.
“Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player,” he wrote. “Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own.” An order page for the Stem Player is currently live; it currently costs $200.
In a follow-up post, West added: “I feel that same feeling like when I first moved to New York to make it in Music. I ain’t know what was gonna happen but I knew had to move. After 10 albums after being under 10 contracts. I turned down a hundred million dollar Apple deal. No one can pay me to be disrespected. We set our own price for our art. Tech companies made music practically free so if you don’t do merch sneakers and tours you don’t eat. Jay Z made Tidal and fake media attacked him. Well in the words of my big brother. Come and get me. I’m willing to die standing cause I ain’t living on my knees no more. God please cover me.”