Sad news for Kany West fans: his next album, the highly anticipated Donda 2, will not be on any streaming platform. On Instagram, the rapper expressed his desire to fight against the economic model of the latter, which he considers harmful for artists and the music industry. To listen to his new project, you will need to get the Stem Player.
As adored as he is hated, Kanye West is a name apart from American hip-hop. Undeniable musical genius, it is nonetheless a controversial figure, which is a relatively polite adjective given the repeated escapades. Interruption of ceremony, harassment of his ex-wife, illegal hacking and overall an oversized ego, we no longer count the slippages of the rapper. This does not prevent his next album, entitled Donda 2, from being one of the most anticipated artistic projects of the year.
However, its release which will take place tomorrow, will not go as planned. While many fans expected to discover the album on their favorite streaming platform, Ye, as he is nicknamed, obviously has other projects in mind. “Donda 2 will only be broadcast on my own platform, the Stem Player”, he says on Instagram. Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Deezer, all will be deprived of the new tracks of the artist.
You will have to pay 185 euros to listen to Kanye West’s next album
A decision motivated by the commission deemed too low that musicians receive on streaming services. “Today artists only get 12% of the money the industry makes”explains the rapper. “It is time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own. » But then, what is the Steam Player?
If you missed it, the Stem Player is the new creation of Yeezy Tech, a company created by Kanye West. This last one is both a streaming platform and a physical device. Quite innovative, it also allows you to divide the pieces into “stems” (understand the samples of the instruments used) and then rework them to your liking.
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“You can play 4 different elements of the song: vocals, drums, bass and music”explains Kanye West. “An MP3 player is also available. We currently have 67,000 available and we manufacture 3,000 a day. » Only downside: the Stem Player costs 200 dollars, or 185 euros. A little expensive to listen to an album therefore, which did not prevent the rapper from touching $2 million since its announcement.