Fire up your Stem Players—the first four songs from Kanye West’s Donda 2 have arrived.
After previewing a bunch of new music at a listening event in Miami on Tuesday night, Kanye released four songs that can be downloaded on his Stem Player device: “Security,” “Pablo,” “Broken Road,” and “We Did It Kid.” As promised, these songs are only available for owners of the Stem Player, and they aren’t on streaming services like Spotify and Apple Music. To get the music, you need to plug the Stem Player into your computer, go to stemplayer.com, and sync the new songs.
Explaining why he decided to release music on his own device instead of streaming services, Kanye recently wrote on Instagram, “Donda 2 will only be available on my own platform, the Stem Player. Not on Apple Amazon Spotify or YouTube. Today artists get just 12% of the money the industry makes, it’s time to free music from this oppressive system. It’s time to take control and build our own. You can download new music from stemplayer.com. You can play 4 different elements of the track: vocals, drums, bass, and music. It also has an MP3 player available. We currently have 67,000 available and are making 3,000 a day.”
A note on the Stem Player website hinted that more new songs from Donda 2 will be added to the device as they’re finished. But for now, how are the first four songs sounding? Members of the Complex Music team—Eric Skelton, Andre Gee, and Jessica McKinney—shared our first-listen thoughts after listening on Kanye’s Stem Player.