Kanye West has claimed that fans will only be able to stream his new album ‘Donda 2’ through his £200 Stem Player device.
The rapper, who now legally goes by the name Ye, said that his forthcoming 11th album will not be available on digital streaming platforms (DSPs).
“Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player,” Ye captioned a snippet of new music on his Instagram today (February 18). “Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes. It’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own.”
Fans can order the Stem Player from this link. It was first promoted with the release of last year’s ‘Donda’, and allows users to customise album songs by playing around with music stems.
Ye added that fans can “play 4 different elements of the track: vocals, drums, bass and music. It also has a MP3 player available”.
The rapper further explained his reasons for shunning DSPs in favour of his own platform, and urged listeners to help drive “a revolution”.
“Go to stemplayer.com to be a part of the revolution I feel that same feeling like when I first moved to New York to make it in Music,” he wrote online. “I ain’t know what was gonna happen but I knew had to move. After 10 albums after being under 10 contracts. I turned down a hundred million dollar Apple deal. No one can pay me to be disrespected. 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.
“Jay Z made Tidal and fake media attacked him. Well in the words of my big brother. Come and get me. I’m willing to die standing cause I ain’t living on my knees no more. God please cover me. I run this company 100% I don’t have to ask for permission. This is our 2nd generation stemplayer. We have more things we working on. I feel like how I felt in the first episode of the documentary.”
A “Donda Experience Performance” is scheduled for this Tuesday (February 22) at LoanDepot Park in Miami, the same day that Ye intends to release ‘Donda 2’. Further details of the launch show are unknown at this stage but tickets can be bought here.
It’s believed that ‘Donda 2’ has been executively produced by Future and, like ‘Donda’, features another guest spot by Marilyn Manson, who’s made headlines in recent years for being accused of, and denying, multiple incidents of sexual assault and abuse.
It appears that Ye’s Kids See Ghosts collaborator Kid Cudi, however, won’t feature on the new album after the rapper told him so. West alluded to Cudi’s friendship with comedian Pete Davidson, the boyfriend of West’s estranged wife Kim Kardashian, as the reason for blocking his contribution.
“Just so everyone knows Cudi will not be on Donda because he’s friends with you know who,” Ye wrote online last week in a since-deleted message.
Elsewhere, Ye claimed recently that Kardashian accused him of “putting a hit on her”. West has been posting messages in recent weeks that some fans have labelled as harassing in nature, which the rapper has taken “accountability” for. Most of Ye’s posts, however, have now been deleted.