Kanye West’s new album Donda 2 will be released on February 22nd. However, it won’t be available on normal streaming sites. The album is a follow-up to Kanye West’s highly anticipated Donda, which was released in August 2021.
However, on Friday (February 18th), the rapper announced on Instagram that this installment will not be available on Apple Music or Spotify. In fact, it won’t be available on any streaming services at all, which begs the question: why? Continue reading to discover out.
KANYE IS LAUNCHING HIS OWN PLATFORM
This week, Kanye stunned the world by announcing that his new album will not be accessible on Apple Music or Spotify. That’s because, with Donda 2, he’ll be releasing his own “platform” and gadget dubbed Stem Player.
“Donda 2 will only be available on the Stem Player, which is my own platform. He posted on Instagram, “Not on Apple, Spotify, or YouTube.”
The rapper went on saying, “Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system.”
WHAT IS A STEM PLAYER?
Kanye West’s latest project, Stem Player, is thought to be made up of two parts: a platform and a gadget. The gadget, as the name implies, is a little spherical electrical instrument that allows you to make stems. Stems are distinct sound fragments that are combined together to create a song in audio production.
The Stem Player, which costs $200 and can be purchased online, allows you to become a producer by breaking any music into stems and customizing it. However, it appears that you do not need to purchase the Stem Player to listen to Donda 2, as he revealed a Stem Player “platform” as well.
The platform’s exact specifics are currently unknown, but enthusiasts believe there will be an app and a website where Donda 2 may be streamed.
KANYE TURNS DOWN $100M APPLE MUSIC DEAL
Kanye also stated on Instagram that he turned down a whopping $100 million deal with Apple Music.
Further, Kanye said, “After 10 albums and being under 10 contracts, I turned down a hundred million dollar Apple deal. No one can pay me to be disrespected.”
He added to his statement, “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.”
According to reports, Apple has canceled a $2 million sponsorship contract in which they planned to webcast his Donda 2 listening party event on February 22nd.