Drake and Kanye West have been hot topics since both artists delivered their new albums, Certified Lover Boy and Donda, respectively. Unless Kendrick Lamar finally drops his long-awaited DAMN. follow-up, that’s likely not going to change any time soon.
Case in point, Akademiks shared a screenshot on Tuesday (September 7) that allegedly shows a text exchange between Kanye and an engineer who was working on Donda. The conversation doesn’t go well, and the engineer is fired for his apparent lack of punctuality.
The messages begin with Kanye texting the unidentified person at 9:34 a.m., “Good morning. Let’s work.” Roughly two hours go by with no response, so Ye supposedly texts, “You’re fired. Go home.”
The person on the receiving end then responds, “I’m really sorry. I have no excuse. I set an alarm for 7:30am. And for whatever reason my phone wasn’t alerting me. I woke up at 11:08 to missed calls and got dressed as fast as I could. Lou was already on his way to get boogz and they just got here. I didn’t call back right away cause I was in panic trying to find a ride. I know this is unacceptable. I’m sorry.”
Kanye then writes back, “Stop texting. Go find God.”
According to longtime producer Mike Dean, the Donda sessions were no joke. In a recent interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe, the infamous weed-loving creative touched on the process to complete the long-awaited Donda album. He also made it clear just how integral the three public Donda listening parties were to finalizing the project.
“It was interesting,” he said. It was grueling, lots of hours, lots of changes. Came out great though. For this album, it was… I mean, Kanye had three listening parties. So each listening party was like a test kind of. And after each one, I think he wanted … I can’t talk too much about his process.
“He took all the information he got from everyone, including online reviews, personal friends’ reviews, and he just kind of digest it all and adjust the album the way he wants. I definitely looked at how the crowd moved to different songs … because I was up in the top of the stadium, deejaying the whole thing. I was up in a little circle. No, I was just up on a house, maybe four layers up, next to the top layer, running the songs off my computer.”
Donda finally arrived on August 29 with features from JAY-Z, Travis Scott, Lil Baby and more. The project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with over 327,000 total album-equivalent units sold in its first week, marking Kanye West’s ninth consecutive album to land in the coveted spot.