Kanye West 'rushed' the release of 'Donda' purely so he could drop it before Drake's 'Certified Lover Boy,' according to 'Donda' collaborator Todd Rundgren.
Certified Lover Boy . Donda hit streaming servicesby surprise on August 29, followed by Certified Lover Boys arrivalless than a week later on September 3. Rundgren, whose compositions have been sampled by everyone from J Dilla and Madlib to Frank Ocean and Fetty Wap, made the claim in an interview with Ultimate Classic Rock published on Tuesday (September 14). I realized why they hurriedly wrapped the whole thing up and put out what is obviously really raw, unprocessed stuff, he said. Its because Drake was running the whole process. He was too afraid that Drake would one-up him, so he hurried up and released the album the weekend before Drake could get his out. And in the end, Drake ate his lunch anyway. Todd Rundgren isnt the only insider to suggest Kanye West was keeping tabs on Drake while recording Donda. In July, Consequence claimed in a since-deleted tweet Yeezy was looking for drop datebefore releasing Donda perhaps explaining its multiple delays and sudden release. Whether Kanyes strategy (if Rundgrens claim is indeed true) paid off is up for debate. Donda currently holds a 53/100 score on Metacritic tied with Jesus Is King for his lowest-rated album. Even though it earned Kanye his ninth consecutive No. 1 albumwith over 300,000 first-week sales, Donda was swiftly blown out of the water by Drakes Certified Lover Boy, which shot to the top of the Billboard 200after moving 613,000 units in its opening week the biggest sales week of 2021.