Donda was released this past Sunday after three listening parties, and it should be noted Kim was in attendance for all three.
And at the third and final listening party held this past Thursday, Kim joined her estranged husband onstage, dawning a Balenciaga couture wedding dress, six months after filing for divorce.
While the two seemed civil. some of the lyrics from Donda gave insight to their seven-year marriage, with Kanye speaking on trust issues, arguments and regret.
In “Lord I Need You,” Kanye questions Kim’s commitment and fidelity amid their marriage with the line: “Three hours to get back from Palm Springs, huh? / Who you know spend an hour in Walgreens, huh?”
The lyric seems to hint at Kanye being suspicious over whether Kim was telling the truth about where she’d been. Kris Jenner owns a home in Palm Springs, which Kim is known to make regular visits to from LA. This commute takes a total of 90 minutes, which is only a fraction of the time Kim allegedly took to return when this argument took place.
He also speaks of Kim’s seemingly constant complaints about their marriage, at one point telling her to “shut up.”
And Kanye also seems to address their declining sexual relationship in this song with the lyric: “We used to do the freak like seven days a week / It’s the best collab since Taco Bell and KFC.”
In the same song, he refers to Kim as a “prom queen” which is the same wording he used in his 2013 track, “Bound 2.” The song graphically described their sex life and (of course) featured Kim naked in the video.
In the song, he describes additional arguments, with Kim failing to “talk to [him] nicely,” and “coming at [him] loud.” He references their polar opposite upbringings may have been a contributing factor to their compatibility in the lyric: “How you gon’ try to say sometimes it’s not about me?”
Kanye also reveals that their arguments have resulted in him “cussin'” at her too. Kanye also how they slowly have grown apart, a fact Kim spoke about during the final season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians in June.
In a past episode, Kim admits she had allowed Kanye to live in different states for much of their relationship, a possible reference to the “freedom” he refers to in this song. However, in that time, she had found that the distance was decimating their marriage.
“I’m still in this place where I’ve been stuck for years,” she said. “He goes and moves to a different state every year, and I have to be together so I can raise the kids.”
“He deserves someone that can go and support his every move, and go and move to Wyoming,” she added. “I can’t do that. He should have a wife that supports his every move and travels with him, and I can’t.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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