“Kanye West’s Donda was a star-studded affair, but at one point during the making of the album, he threatened to remove several artists from the project including JAY-Z.
On Wednesday (June 7) a mini documentary on the making of Donda leaked online, with the five-minute film offering a behind-the-scenes look at Kanye’s unorthodox creative process which involved turning Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium into a makeshift recording studio and somewhat turbulent emotional state.
One scene of documentary covering the making of the 2021 album showed the GRAMMY winner having an intense phone conversation inside a locker room discussing the listening party and what will happen to those who do not attend.
“Everybody that’s not here, I’m taking their verses off,I’m taking JAY-Z verse, I’m taking — if there’s anybody not here on the porch with me, they’re not on this version.”
Upon hanging up the phone, he looks into the camera, laughs, and says, “How do you even describe these kind of conversations, bro?”
Kanye West left fans disappointed when he replaced Jay-Z on “Jail” with DaBaby and Marilyn Manson, both engulfed in controversy at the time. Apparently, Ye needed his collaborators on stage at the Chicago listening party.
Although Ye debuted Donda in Chicago without Hov, he released the project with both versions of “Jail.” It marked the return of The Throne – Jay-Z and Kanye West’s first collaboration since their underwhelming appearance on “Pop Style.”
Earlier in the documentary clip, there’s a scene where Kanye’s working in a classroom-like setting with engineers and producers as they tweak the final product of “Jail.”
Around the time, Ye also confirmed that Watch The Throne II would arrive before the year came to an end, but that never actually happened. There’s still no real update on whether that project will ever come to fruition.