Donda vs. Certified Lover Boy
Is Kanye West losing his creativity? Kanye’s eighteen-month project Donda gets beat by Drake’s new album Certified Lover Boy. The two new albums were released a week apart at the end of August and start of September, respectively.
Donda was named after West’s mother Donda West, who died in 2007. The album was originally supposed to be released in July, but many roadblocks delayed it, such as his wife, Kim Kardashian, filing for divorce, his bipolar problems, and recovering from alcoholism, which he said almost made him quit making music.
This is West’s tenth album and his first since Jesus is King in October 2019. The album has 27 songs on it which takes a full hour and 48 minutes to get through, much longer than a typical album. Drake’s album comes in at an 86-minute listen.
Donda has a sort of euphoric feel to it. It makes a listener feel like they are on a cloud. Some songs lack some entertainment. The best song on the album would be “Moon.” Listening to the song sends chills down the body. “Off the Grid” is also a good song on the album. It features some good artists like Playboi Carti and Favio Foreign. The flow of the song goes so well and when you add an artist Fivo on the track it makes the song better. “Tell the Vision” feat. Pop Smoke is one of the not so good songs on the album. The late Pop Smoke’s verse on the track is sort of a hook rather than a verse. The rest of the songs are mediocre music which is very strange because Kanye’s creative sense is top their
Certified Lover Boy has many of the biggest stars, such as Jay-Z, Travis Scott, Future, and Lil Wayne. Drake’s album already has more sales with 613,000 units sold and 430 million audio streams in the first three days of availability, compared to Donda’s 423 million in eight days.
The best song on the album is “Way 2 Sexy” featuring Future and Young Thug. The hook of the song is melodic and will have people dancing in their seats. “Knife Talk” with 21 Savage and featuring Project Pat is a close second and is Drake’s second collaboration with 21 Savage, and it gives the album a nice push–like a Jordan-and-Pippen-type of partnership. The rest of the album is also good.
Kanye’s run of being the top dog has come to an end. Drake’s versatile style and creativity beats him here. He came out and outshined Kanye by a mile, and the variety of artists on Drake’s album makes the album more appealing and gives many listeners and fans something different.