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Kanye West teases new music ahead of Donda album release

Juanique Tennant

Juanique Tennant / Our Today

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Kanye West on stage during the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in New York, U.S., August 28, 2016. (Photo: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson)

Kanye West has confirmed that he will be releasing his 10th solo studio album Donda on Friday, July 23.

He teased a sample of one of the soon-to-be-released album’s new songs in a Beats advert during Game Six of the NBA Finals on Tuesday (July 20).

The ad features United States sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who missed out on being a part of Team USA in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics after being suspended due to a positive cannabis test.

The one-minute advert, which was edited by West, opens with a shot of the athlete on the starting blocks preparing to take off, then cuts to scenes of her warming up.

This is later followed by shots of Richardson putting her hands together and looking upward in the glow of bright field lights as the lyrics from West’s new release No Child Left Behind, a track on his upcoming album, Donda, are heard matching her prayer-like stance with the words “He’s done miracles on me,” being repeated.

The 44-year-old rapper will premiere the record on Thursday (July 22) at a listening event in Atlanta, which will be streamed live on Apple Music at 8 pm Eastern Time.

West, who was married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian for seven years before she filed for divorce in February, shared a clip of the ad on his Instagram page.

The album, named after West’s late mother Donda West, follows 2019’s Grammy Award-winning Jesus is King.

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