Kanye West held his third listening event for his forthcoming album Donda on Thursday, and brought out some unexpected surprise guests.
During the event, this time held at Soldier Field in West’s hometown of Chicago, the artist appeared on the front porch of a recreation of his childhood home, alongside two children who appeared to be his kids North and Saint, whom he shares with estranged wife Kim Kardashian.
The first song West played during the livestreamed event was the track “Jail,” which fans had excitedly embraced during the previous two listening parties as it included a verse recorded by JAY-Z.
This time around, however, the song instead featured a verse by DaBaby — who also joined West on the porch of the reconstructed home, alongside Marilyn Manson.
Da Baby responds to cancel culture on Kanye West’s new song on #Donda with Jay Z pic.twitter.com/v42brFsvxS
"Don't try to test me.
I keep it clean, but they could get messy.
I talk to God every day. That's my bestie.
They playin' soccer in my backyard. I think I see Messi"@kanyewest 🔥🐐 pic.twitter.com/5yMlLmqWPm
Kanye brought out DaBaby and Marilyn Manson #DONDApic.twitter.com/vggi9ECc63
The appearance by the artists comes shortly after DaBaby faced a wave of backlash for making shocking, anti-LGBTQ remarks about people with HIV/AIDS during the Rolling Loud festival in July. He later apologized in several different statements, and subsequently deleted his own apologies.
Manson, meanwhile, is currently facing multiple lawsuits filed by numerous women accusing him of sexual assault, rape and sexual misconduct. Manson has denied all claims leveled against him.
Many fans watching the event took to social media after the track played, and voiced their strong opinions about swapping out JAY-Z’s verse with DaBaby’s.
Replacing Jay-Z with Da Baby is like replacing Michael Jordan with Eddy Curry
DaBaby replacing Jay-Z 🧐 #Dondapic.twitter.com/jVTuGDTA1J
He replaced Jay z for dababy I’m sick
Me getting all ready for Jay Z verse then hearing Dababy: pic.twitter.com/jykDpKpAbJ
Did Kanye just replace Jay Z’s verse with DABABY #DONDApic.twitter.com/MZFcM7ueL5
The surprises didn’t end with the special guests. In fact, West upped the ante from his second listening party, when he closed out the event by levitating into the air.
This time, the grand finale included West setting himself on fire, and being completely engulfed in flames.
Then, after the (controlled) self-immolation, he was joined by a woman in a wedding dress that many believe was his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian. They proceeded to have a mock wedding ceremony in the center of the field, as traditional wedding music played.
Many fans had a hard time containing their confusion and surprise.
Kanye’s on fire 🔥 #DONDApic.twitter.com/P4KRFeE7IC
KANYE WEST IS ON FIRE #[email protected]@mworthofgamepic.twitter.com/vwCVtcCgUA
KIM RETURNED WITH KANYE? 👀👀👀👀👀👀👀 #dondapic.twitter.com/Yj4ohApUqv
Kim and Kanye are the weirdest divorcing couple I've ever seen. #DONDApic.twitter.com/KAkOkbHnE6
Kanye lit himself on fire and then Kim comes walking back out in a wedding dress??? What the FUCK IS GOING ON #DONDApic.twitter.com/Ws6t9wNh3T
According to the Chicago Tribute, the event was allowed to admit 38,000 fans into the stadium — which has a 63,000-person capacity. However, no COVID-19 tests or proof of vaccination was required for admission. However, the Chicago Department of Public Health used the opportunity to hold a vaccination event during the listening party, in an effort to give out 1,500 doses of the vaccine to those who need it.
For more on West’s ongoing series of increasingly elaborate Donda listening events, check out the video below.
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