Kanye West invited several celebrities to appear onstage at his Chicago Donda event, but there was one more person he reportedly wanted to attend. According to Radar Online, the 44-year-old rapper reached out to Donald Trump in hopes that the former president would join him onstage at the Soldier Field stadium.
“Kanye reached out to Donald Trump’s team to get the former president to make an appearance alongside him and join DaBaby, Marilyn Manson and Kim Kardashian in Chicago,” a source reportedly told the outlet.
“Getting a former president to help sell his new album would have been huge for Kanye, who was a big supporter of Donald Trump,” the source added. “... Kanye loves to press buttons. Expect a lot more press stunts over the next few days.”
After three listening events, Donda arrived without warning on streaming services on Sunday (Aug. 29). On Instagram, Kanye claimed the record was released by Universal Music Group without his permission. So far, the music company has not responded to Ye’s claims.
Donda also arrived on streaming platforms in a few different versions. Initially, the album was missing “Jail pt 2,” Kanye’s collaboration with DaBaby. Furthermore, the Chris Brown-featuring track “New Again” was later replaced with a version that only hears Kanye and the Sunday Service Choir.
Aside from inviting him to the Donda event, Kanye’s connection to Trump also returned to headlines this week in regard to Chrisette Michele. As reported by REVOLT, the singer posted about being “canceled” after performing at Trump’s inauguration while Kanye, who openly supported Trump, continued to see commercial success.
“Being compared to Kanye & Travis [Greene] for the last [five] years. Watching them soar into the highest realms of stardom. Waiting on God’s hand to show me exactly what my story will look like,” she wrote online. “I’ve made a choice to stay full of gratitude and master peace, but today, this post has inspired me to allow the energy of comparison to enter my feed.”