Versus: CLB vs Donda


Sammy Sefekme

2 of the greatest artists of this generation have recently dropped their highly anticipated albums in the past 2 months. Kanye West’s new album titled Donda released on August 29, 2021. Drake followed up by dropping his album Certified Lover Boy. Both of these albums have finally come out after long delays. 


The comparison between these long time collaborators, stem from a beef/feud between the 2 rappers which started in 2018 after Kanye apparently told fellow rapper Pusha T about Drake’s son who had not been revealed or announced yet to the public. Pusha T used this information to his advantage to use against Drake in his diss tracks. 


Certified Lover Boy was teased for a 2020 release but was later announced to be released sometime in January 2021. The album was later pushed back due to Drake having a serious knee injury. “Donda” on the other hand was announced to come out on July 24th 2020. 


CLB was recorded between 2019-2021, it included 21 songs with features from frequent collaborators: Future, Lil Wayne, and Ty Dolla Sign. Travis Scott and Drake collaborated again after their most recent collaboration in 2018,“Sicko Mode,” from Travis Scott’s 2018 album, Astroworld. Travis Scott hopped on the track “Fair Trade” as he continued to work on his album Utopia teased for a late 2021 release. Giveon and Lil Baby, some of the new biggest stars feature on the album,  on “In the Bible ”and “Girls want Girls” respectively. The album also features Jay Z, 21 Savage, Tems, Kid Cudi and more. Young Thug features on a track with Future called “Way 2 Sexy” which is the known as a “club banger” and has already gone #1 on Billboard. 


Donda includes many songs and snippets from a scrapped Kanye album Yhandi which was teased for a 2018 release but was never released. Of the 27 songs, songs like “Hurricane” which leaked back in 2018 was reworked with features from Lil Baby and The Weeknd. Travis Scott and Kid Cudi were also featured on this album, both frequent collaborators of Kanye and heavily influenced by West. Some other artists that appear on this album are DaBaby, Playboi Carti, Jay Z, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch. Contrast to CLB, Donda is more on the path of a gospel album which includes pop, rap, and trap.


These 2 artists have dropped some of the biggest songs and biggest albums in the past decade.

What team are you on? Team Kanye or Team Drake?