Did Kanye West delay ‘Donda’ due to Mike Dean? Fans say ‘there was nothing necessarily wrong’
Dean has handled the music production of rapper’s previous albums like ‘Graduation’, ‘808s and Heartbreaks’ and ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’
Despite holding a secret listening party in Las Vegas followed by two mega listening events at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Kanye West still has not dropped his much-awaited 10th studio album ‘Donda’. The award-winning artist has not shared any details as to why he is continuously testing the patience of his loyal fans but it looks like, we might finally have a concrete answer for the same.
Kanye West’s frequent collaborator Mike Dean might be the reason why ‘Donda’ did not drop on August 5/6. The 44-year-old hip-hop icon was spotted talking on the phone in the middle of his second listening event in Atlanta held on August 5 and recently the veteran music producer revealed on Twitter while replying to a meme that it was him West was talking to. Dean has helped with the music production of rapper’s previous multi-platinum albums like 2007’s ‘Graduation’, 2008’s ‘808s and Heartbreaks’, and 2010’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’.
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Did Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ get delayed due to Mike Dean?
A Twitter user posted a screenshot of Kanye on the phone with a caption that read, “Make Sure Mike Dean locked up in that room. We not finished yet.” Surprisingly, the 56-year-old record producer reverted to the tweet saying, “He was actually calling me from a mix mistake!! Lol.” As the tweet reveals looks like West was not content with the mixing and mastering of the final product- the reason why apparently ‘Donda’ did not hit the Internet as per the schedule. For the unversed, Mika Dean has also been living with Kanye West at the stadium where the latter has rented out a room temporarily.
Speaking of the album, the listening event revealed that artists like Don Toliver, Young Thug, Westside Gunn, Conway The Machine, Jay Electronica, The Weeknd, Roddy Ricch, JAY-Z, Kid Cudi, and a few others have been tapped for their respective guest verses. Though the official tracklist of ‘Donda’ is yet to be revealed, a song called ‘Hurricane’ featuring Lil Baby and The Weeknd is expected to land on leading streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music soon. After failing to release the album on July 23 and August 5/6, Kanye West might now drop the album on August 15, 2021.
He was actually calling me from a mix mistake!! Lol https://t.co/TNkP2Jcu4f— MIKE DEAN! #MWA (@therealmikedean) August 7, 2021
‘They didn’t bother to rehearse before the actual event?’
Social media users were quick to react to Dean’s revelation where one of them said, “Ain’t nooooo way this man heard a mixing mistake during that concert bruh. All I could hear was 808s slamming my bones around.” Another user stated, “Mike gawddammmit im tryna do my best here to run around in a sheet going ooga booga im the phantom, givin mfs haircuts and s**t and you cant even get the mix right???”
The next one asked, “They didn’t bother to rehearse before the actual event?” whereas, another user tweeted, “1 pretty sure Mike was joking but 2 you catch things at different times, especially when it’s a small mixing error. U have to be a prod or heavily involved to even catch it as clearly no one else even realized because there was nothing necessarily wrong, just Ye wanted different.” One individual concluded, “That's what great artists do, they hear everything and pick up mistakes even in a packed stadium.”
Ain’t nooooo way this man heard a mixing mistake during that concert bruh. All I could hear was 808s slamming my bones around— EGS. (@TheEGS2) August 8, 2021
MIKE GAWDDAMMMIT IM TRYNA DO MY BEST HERE TO RUN AROUND IN A SHEET GOING OOGA BOOGA IM THE PHANTOM, GIVIN MFS HAIRCUTS AND SHIT AND YOU CANT EVEN GET THE MIX RIGHT???— lieu pay fiasco (@michaelcheque) August 8, 2021
They didn’t bother to rehearse before the actual event?…— ezec (@yuurrd) August 8, 2021
1 pretty sure Mike was joking but 2 you catch things at different times, especially when it’s a small mixing error. U have to be a prod or heavily involved to even catch it as clearly no one else even realized because there was nothing necessarily wrong, just Ye wanted different— $KamikaƵe💿👨🍳 (@FuckkamiikazE) August 8, 2021
That's what great artists do, they hear everything and pick up mistakes even in a packed stadium 😂— .. (@MalcomVex) August 8, 2021