(AFP) – After weeks of delay and several listening sessions in crowded stadiums, American rapper Kanye West’s tenth studio album was finally officially released on Sunday.
Jay-Z, The Weeknd, Travis Scott or Lil Baby appear as guests on this two-hour opus, comprising 27 songs.
Other participants are more controversial: the American singer Marylin Manson, accused of rape, or the rapper DaBaby, who had caused a controversy this summer with homophobic and sexist remarks.
Chris Brown, convicted in 2009 of assault and battery against singer Rihanna, also appears as a composer and lyricist on the track “New Again”.
In this album, which bears the name of his mother who died in 2007, Kanye West again addresses religious themes and makes several references to his high-profile separation from Kim Kardashian.
His album has evolved profoundly in recent weeks during major public listening sessions held in Atlanta, Las Vegas and Chicago. And Kanye West may well continue to edit it after its streaming release, as he did for his album “The Life of Pablo” released in 2016.
The 44-year-old artist, in the process of divorce from American reality TV star Kim Kardashian, has also initiated proceedings to officially change his name to “Ye”.