Kanye West’s new album Donda is highly-anticipated by fans across the globe but what does its name stand for?

The rapper’s 10th studio album was supposed to drop on Friday (July 23rd) after he held a listening party at the Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta.

Kanye appeared in front of 42,000 fans before he played the album through the stadium’s speakers and walked off without saying a word.

As fans patiently wait for the album’s official release, some have been wondering about the meaning behind its name.

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What does Donda mean?

Kanye’s new album is named after his late mother, Donda West.

The singer shared the new song on his mother’s 71st birthday which opens with the lyrics “Sound of da Police”.

In the single, Kanye can be heard saying: “Mama I need you to tuck me in/ I done made some mistakes and they rubbed it in/ I know you and grandma had enough of them/ Why I gotta be so stubborn then/ I’m doin this one for y’all/ So we can end racism once and for all.”

Donda West died in 2007 after post-surgery complications.

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Kanye and his mother’s relationship

Kanye and Donda shared a special bond which was seen through their public appearances.

The rapper’s mother was the one who supported him to pursue a music career after he dropped out of college.

In a 2004 interview with The Chicago Tribune, Donda shared her early memories of Kanye’s future career as a music artist, saying: “We were coming back from a short vacation in Michigan when he was 5, and he composed a poem in the back seat. The one line that sticks with me is ‘the trees are melting black.’ It was late fall, and the trees had no leaves. He saw how those limbs were etched against the sky, and he described them the way a poet would.”

Donda, who served as a chairwoman of Chicago State University’s English department, was the one who raised Kanye after the end of her marriage with Ray West, Kanye’s father.

“My mother was my everything,” Kanye told MTV News in a 2005 interview.

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Songs from the album explored

One of the much-anticipated singles is No Child Left Behind which features US athlete Sha’Carri Richardson.

Some of the other songs based on Kanye’s Instagram post include, Remote, Daylight, Jonah, Hurricane, New Again, 24 and You’re gonna be OK, among others.



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