In an Instagram post on Sunday – just hours after the highly anticipated ‘Donda’ was released around 8 a.m. – West wrote: ‘UNIVERSAL HAS POSTED MY ALBUM WITHOUT MY APPROVAL AND THEY BLOCKED PRISON 2 FROM BEING ON IT. ALBUM. “
Representatives for Universal did not comment on the allegation, but company sources called it “rude.”
Its mention of “JAIL 2” refers to the album’s 24th track, “Jail Pt 2”, which was originally not available to stream when the album was first released. At around 1 p.m. ET, the song became available. Typically, when a song from an album is blocked on a service such as Spotify, the song has not been legally licensed due to a copyright conflict or similar issue.
The track – and its counterpart, “Jail” – has been a source of controversy over the past few days, as the premiere features both Marilyn Manson, who has been accused of sexual assault by several women, and DaBaby, who has made headlines earlier this month with his homophobic comments. Manson and DaBaby both made appearances at West’s fourth “Donda” listening event Thursday in Chicago, prompting an immediate backlash on social media. The criticism continues on Sunday, as rated by label veteran Drew Dixon.
Reporting on “Donda” has become a focal point on social media since it was revealed at the listening event on Thursday that Jay-Z’s verse on “Jail” had been replaced by a report from DaBaby. (Jay-Z’s verse has since been reinstated). Rapper Soulja Boy posted on social media on Sunday that his verse was cut from the track “Remote Control,” and Pusha T also appears to be missing from the album’s main track.
Def Jam sent out a press release announcing the arrival of “Donda” at 10:39 am ET.
Representatives for West and Def Jam did not immediately respond to Varietyrequest for comments.