Kanye West Donda listen LIVE – Rapper 'changing his name to Ye' ahead of new album listening party in Chicago August 26

KANYE West is holding another listening party for his new album this week ahead of its much-anticipated release amid "changing his name to Ye."

On August 24, 2021, West officially filed legal documents in Los Angeles to change his name which he has previously revealed is connected to his religious views.

West first changed his name to Ye back in 2018, however, he did not file for it to be legal.

Kanye has been in the throes of planning his third listening event, after hosting the first two at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The legendary record producer formerly promised fans he would drop Donda on August 6.

However, after the first and second live stream events ended, the album was still not released.

Donda, which has been named after Kanye's mother after her 2007 passing, was originally slated for release on July 23, 2021, but has yet to arrive.

Read our Kanye West Donda live stream for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    WHO WAS DONDA WEST?

    Donda was born on July 12, 1949, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

    She was married to Ray West, father of Kanye, but after their divorce, she moved with her son to Chicago in 1980.

    The single mother earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the Virginia Union University, in Richmond Virginia.

    She received a Master’s degree at Atlanta University, Georgia.

    Donda furthered her education and received a Doctorate in English at Auburn University, Alabama.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT IS THE DONDA LISTENING EVENT?

    West's name change request comes two days before his third 'Donda' listening event, which is scheduled of August 26, 2021.

    In July 2021, West announced his 10th studio album while performing on-stage at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta during his first event.

    On Thursday, he will return to his hometown of Chicago for his third listening event of the highly anticipated album, named after his mother.

    At the second listening event, West revealed new features from the Weeknd, Jay Electronica, and the Lox. 

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT DOES YE MEAN?

    West has previously stated that Ye, is in connection to his religious views.

    "I believe 'ye' is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means 'you,'" West said earlier that year in an interview with Big Boy ahead of his 8th studio album.

    "So I'm you, I'm us, it's us. It went from Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye – just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, everything. The album is more of a reflection of who we are."

  • Julia Fields

    PREVIOUS DESIRE TO CHANGE HIS NAME

    This is not the first time that West has requested for his name to be changed to Ye.

    West first changed his name to Ye back in 2018, however, he did not file for it to be legal.

    Back then, West made the announcement on Twitter.

    He wrote: "The being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE."

  • Julia Fields

    IS KANYE WEST CHANGING HIS NAME?

    On August 24, 2021, West officially filed legal documents in Los Angeles to change his name.

    Instead of going by Kanye Omari West, he has requested to officially change his name to "Ye," which is the nickname he has gone by for many years.

    TMZ reported that in the state of California, if there is no evidence a name change is designed to commit fraud or be used in other illegal activities, a judge will typically sign off on the request.

    It is unknown at this time when a judge will look over the request or if it will be approved.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHEN DID KANYE SAY HE WOULD DROP THE DONDA ALBUM?

    Kanye previously promised fans he would drop Donda on August 6.

    But after the first and second live stream event listening parties ended, the album was still not released.

    He has scheduled another listening party for August 26.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    KANYE FOLLOWS TWO ACCOUNTS ON INSTAGRAM, AND ONE OF THEM IS KIM'S

    Kanye West is only following two accounts on Instagram as of late Tuesday night.

    One of them is his ex-wife, KUWTK star Kim Kardashian, 40 – who filed for divorce in February after six years of marriage.

    The other is the account for Balenciaga.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    KANYE AND KIM SPOTTED TOGETHER BACKSTAGE DURING PREVIOUS LISTENING EVENT

    During a previous listening party for Donda, Kanye and Kim were seen laughing together in a sweet video.

    Kim and Kanye appeared to be on good terms, as they happily laughed while spending time together backstage at the event.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHERE DID KANYE WEST GROW UP?

    Although Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia, he moved to Chicago as a child.

    He has been constructing a replica of his childhood home inside a Chicago stadium for the upcoming Donda listening party.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    KANYE WEST FANS UPSET ABOUT ALBUM DELAY

    Some Kanye West fans turned to Twitter with furious messages about the album's continued delay.

    "So Kanye is doing another listening party on the 26th? This guy is making money by fooling us," one ranted.

    "Kanye lied to us, he been saying he releasing Donda for a month now," another claimed.

    A third fumed: "Where the f**k is Donda, Kanye.. I’m starting to get mad bro."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    'FAILED MARRIAGE'

    This new album follows the rapper's divorce from Kim Kardashian in February of this year.

    Throughout the LP, the controversial star has referenced his failed marriage and the loss of his family.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    DONDA ALBUM DELAY

    Donda, which was named after Kanye's mother after her 2007 passing, was originally slated for release on July 23, 2021, but has yet to arrive.

    The album has been unsurprisingly postponed numerous times.

    Kanye is notorious for dropping music on his own schedule and for missing release date deadlines.

    Kanye's last album, 2019's Jesus Is King, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HOW MANY DONDA LISTENING EVENTS HAS KANYE DONE?

    Kanye West is holding another listening party for his new album Donda on August 26.

    Previously, he hosted two other listening parties at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

    This new event will take place at Chicago's Soldier Field.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    DOES KIM KARDASHIAN STILL SUPPORT KANYE?

    Kim has continued to show support for her ex-husband.

    She has attended both of Kanye's listening events alongside their children.

    The pair shares four kids together: North, 8, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, who is 2.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHEN IS KANYE'S ALBUM DONDA DROPPING?

    Donda was expected to be released on August 9, 2021.

    However, its release date was delayed.

    On August 26, Kanye will debut his third listening party for the much-anticipated LP.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHAT IS KANYE'S FULL NAME?

    Kanye's full, legal name is Kanye Omari West.

    However, he filed the paperwork in Los Angeles and asked a court to change his name to "Ye" instead.

    A judge will likely approve the request "unless there's evidence a name change is designed to commit fraud or other shenanigans."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    HOW DID KANYE'S MOM DIE?

    Donda West died of coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors due to or as a consequence of liposuction and mammoplasty on November 10, 2007.

    She underwent liposuction, a tummy tuck, and a breast reduction the day before she died.

    She was 58 years old at the time of her death.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    ARE KIM AND KANYE DIVORCED?

    Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from her husband back in February after the couple separated months before.

    They both have filed for joint and physical custody of their four children and have remained focused on co-parenting.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    KANYE RECREATING HIS CHICAGO HOME

    Kanye West will be recreating the home where he was raised in Chicago for a listening event.

    He will be re-making his childhood home in a stadium in honor of his third Donda listening event on August 26.

    The event will be hosted at Soldier Field where the Chicago Bears play.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHERE WERE THE OTHER TWO DONDA LISTENING PARTIES?

    Kanye will have a third listening party for his Donda album in Chicago.

    He hosted the first two at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

    The rapper was supposed to drop Donda on August 6.

    However, after the first and second live stream events ended, the album was still not released.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHERE IS THE THIRD DONDA LISTENING EVENT?

    Kanye West is holding a third listening event for his Donda album.

    Tickets went on sale on August 20, and the event will be hosted at Soldier Field where the Chicago Bears play on August 26.

    Kanye previously had two other listening events for the highly anticipated album.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    KANYE LEGALLY CHANGES NAME AHEAD OF NEXT LISTENING EVENT

    Kanye West made a legal request to change his name before debuting his third Donda listening party.

    He filed to legally change his name to YE in Los Angeles.

    According to TMZ, a judge will likely approve the request "unless there's evidence a name change is designed to commit fraud or other shenanigans."

  • Jocelyn Cook

    KANYE PREVIOUSLY SAID HE WAS 'LOSING HIS FAMILY' AT LISTENING EVENT

    At an album listening event in Atlanta in July, Kanye presented a new track, Welcome To My Life, in which he said: “I’m losing my family, God how could you leave? I hid a hundred lies but I repent for everything and I’m going to do it again.”

    Kanye, 44, later rapped that he went into “deep depression” after his mother's death.

  • Jocelyn Cook

    WHERE WAS KANYE WEST BORN?

    Kanye West was born in Atlanta, Georgia.

    However, he moved to Chicago as a child.

    He has been constructing a replica of his childhood home inside a Chicago stadium for the upcoming Donda listening party.

  • Frances Mulraney

    DONDA RELEASE DATE

    West's manager, Bu Thiam, said West would release the album after his listening event in Chicago on Thursday, August 26.

    However, the exact release date is not immediately known.

    NME reported the album's expected release date is Friday, August 27.

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