UPDATE (AUGUST 29):
Kanye West’s song “Jail, Pt. 2” featuring DaBaby, Francis and the Lights and Marilyn Manson has been added to the donda album. The track “Jail” featuring Francis and the Lights and Jay-Z also remains on the LP.
Before the song appeared on streaming services, Arnold Taylor, the founder of South Coast Music Group – the DaBaby label is signed in partnership with Interscope Records – posted a screenshot on Instagram of text messages shared by Kanye West explaining why DaBaby was initially not on the donda LP. Taylor calls the information you received “cap”.
“This is CAP I woke up this morning to this social media bullshit Never got a call or email from @kanyewest @__bu @johnmonopoly Just got it today and I deleted it in 2 seconds. Why wouldn’t I want a hit song when #SCMG is all about the growth and culture of hip hop and my artist!!! To all media blogs and outlets , don’t believe everything you see in a post, thank you!!! #SCMGShit,” he posted on Instagram.
Kanye West has finally released his long-awaited donda album today. However, it seems that one song is completely missing from the project.
According to the tracklist, the song “Jail, Pt. 2,” featuring DaBaby, Francis and the Lights and Marilyn Manson, was supposed to be on the album, but it was removed from all streaming platforms. What happened?
On Sunday, August 29, Kanye hopped on his Instagram account and posted images of text messages revealing why DaBaby isn’t featured on donda. In a series of texts, it appears that DaBaby’s team did not want to delete his verse for the song “Jail, Pt. 2”, which momentarily delayed the release of the project.
“On another note, DaBaby’s manager does not clear ‘jail’…So we won’t be able to download unless we remove it…What do you think,” reads a text.
“Why he won’t empty the jail,” reads another text apparently from Kanye.
“I don’t know. And neither of them answers there [sic] phone,” reads another text.
“I’m not taking my brother away…He was the only person who said he would vote for me in public,” reads another text apparently from Kanye.
In another IG post, it looks like Kanye will be posting donda and nothing will stop it.
“Yo manager cap…They tried to keep you out…People next to you are trying to destroy you…But God has a bigger plan,” reads a text apparently from Kanye.
For now, the song is not included on the donda album, but that doesn’t mean it won’t appear on the project later in a DSP update. We’ll just have to wait and see.
XXL has reached out to representatives for Kanye West, DaBaby and South Coast Music Group for comment.
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