After a long wait, Kanye West’s highly anticipated album, Donda, was finally released on Sunday, August 29. Fans were pleasantly surprised when one of the songs saw the rapper referencing Lionel Messi.

Three listening parties, one beef with Drake and multiple track revisions later, Donda is finally out.

Although fans rejoiced at the album’s release and quickly began going through the Donda tracklist, it looks like the rapper wasn’t too happy about it. He took to Instagram shortly after the release and claimed: “Universal put my album out without my approval.”

Despite the many controversies surrounding the 44-year-old’s new album, fans are currently more intrigued by the fact that he referenced Messi in one of the tracks.

Which song in Donda mentions Lionel Messi?

For the unversed, Kanye has mentioned Messi in a song named Off the Grid. The track features Fivio Foreign and Playboy Carti alongside the hitmaker.

Referencing the football legend, Kanye sings in the song: “I talk to God every day that’s my bestie / They playing soccer in my backyard, I think I see Messi.”

The Argentinian footballer’s popularity cuts across all entertainment borders. The 34-year-old is FC Barcelona and La Liga’s greatest player. He recently bid farewell to Barca in an emotional press conference.

Aside from Messi, Kanye has also referenced NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo in another Playboi Carti assisted track named Junya. The lyrics read: “I won with the bucks, boy / Let me Giannis.”

Fans react to Kanye West’s Off the Grid lyrics

Both Messi and Kanye’s fans were thrilled to see the rapper referencing the football legend in Off the Grid. Here are some notable reactions.

Latest controversies surrounding Donda explored

Fans were shocked when DaBaby and Marilyn Manson appeared on stage during Kanye’s Chicago listening party (August 26). While Marilyn sat down on the stage, DaBaby and the Donda maker sang the version of Jail, which originally featured Jay-Z.

Many fans were unhappy that Kanye brought the singers on stage after the recent controversies and allegations surrounding them. DaBaby recently came under fire for his ‘homophobic’ comments at Rolling Loud, while Marilyn is battling multiple assault allegations from ex-girlfriends and an assistant.

Besides this, the hitmaker has also been going back and forth with Dababy’s manager about the release of Jail, Pt. 2, the song that features the Ohio rapper.

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