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Producer ATL Jacob Claims He Hasn't Been Paid For His Work On Kanye West's 'Donda 2'

Back in February, Kanye West’s “Donda 2” had an atypical album rollout. As previously reported by AfroTech, the rapper announced that his eleventh studio album wouldn’t be available on streaming platforms. West’s Stem Player is the only way for people to download and listen to it.

Ngozi Nwanji

Nov 18, 2022

Despite Controversy Surrounding Kanye West, Stem Player Collaborator Reveals ‘Donda 2’ Will Remain On Device

Kanye West is known for not sticking to the norms, and it was no different when he opted to release “Donda 2” on his Stem Player.

Samantha Dorisca

Nov 14, 2022

Kanye West Says His Stem Player, 'The First Yeezy Tech Product,' Brought In $2.2M In One Day

Kanye West continues to show why he’s truly a genius. As someone who does it all, the rapper’s Stem Player — what he calls the “first Yeezy Tech product” — has brought in $2.2 million in sales in one day thanks to his latest album, reports HYPEBEAST. Per Kanye West, the move to release his music via his Stem Player platform rather than streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify, or TIDAL caused him way more monetary gain. “To earn the $2.2 million we made on the first day on the stem player the album would have had to stream 500 million times,” Kanye West shared. “We did more revenue on Stem Player, without the album even being out than we would have done with the album being out on streaming.” Just months following the release of “Donda,” Kanye West revealed that he would release “Donda 2” exclusively via his Stem Player. And, according to the “Jesus Walks” emcee, this was because the percentage that artists receive on streaming platforms is significantly low. “Today artists...

Shanique Yates

Feb 22, 2022

Kanye West's Latest Tech Launch Gives Fans More Control Over The Artist's Album Rollout Than Ever Before

Kanye West’s fans are getting more hands-on with the album rollout process than we’ve ever seen before, giving them a chance to have a say in what the final product will be. According to a report from Complex, fans now have the ability to “customize any song” from West’s “Donda” album through a $200 stem player launched by the artist himself. This new technology gives them the power to “control vocals, drums, bass, and samples” and even “isolate parts, add effects, [and] split any song into stems.” The device — now available for purchase on West’s website — has bluetooth capabilities and an audio jack for speakers, as well as features that allow consumers to both save and share customized mixes from the album. It will reportedly ship out along with the new album, which still doesn’t have a confirmed release date.

Njera Perkins

Aug 25, 2021