Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has been working on Donda 2, a sequel to Donda, which received three other Grammy nominations, and he said it will be out next month.
On Sunday morning, he announced his first sequel album would be released on February 22, coinciding with the first Pluto return in the US, which he covered in his story, Complex.
- A Pluto return occurs when a “celestial body” passes through all 12 astrological signs and returns to the same sign it was in when it was born. It occurs every 248 years.
- “Pluto Returns is about the end of empires, the changing of the guard and the transfer of power,” astrologer Dana DeFranco told Bustle. “America has Pluto in Capricorn in the 2nd house of money, property, security and values. Capricorn is the sign of infrastructure, hard work and making money. These concepts relate to traditional American values and the American Dream.”
Per Variety, the announcement was made via Instagram with a picture of his childhood home in Chicago on fire. In the caption, he also said it will be produced by Future, who is known for making emotional records (and who previously released an album called “Pluto”).
- Ye has previously used his childhood home on fire as a prop during “Donda” audio recitals. The album itself is named after West’s late mother, Donda West, who died in 2007.
- He released “Donda” in August 2021, according to music executive Steven Victor, and wasted no time returning to the studio as of January 3, 2022, per Complex.
- According to ABC News, tracks include: “Never Abandon Your Family”, “Up From the Ashes” and the André 3000-supported “Life of the Party” – in addition to “Keep My Spirit Alive pt 2” featuring KayCyy, Conway the Machine and Westside Gunn and “Remote Control pt 2” with Kid Cudi and Young Thug.