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Kanye Releases André 3000 Collaboration “Life of The Party” on ‘DONDA’ Stem Players

The track was leaked by Drake days after the releases of DONDA and Certified Lover Boy.

People who actually bought Kanye West‘s DONDA Stem Player are finally receiving the purportedly all-sampling device. But much to their surprise, not only are the 27 tracks of DONDA available to tinker with, but also three previously unreleased songs, one of which happens to be the formerly leaked André 3000 collaboration, “Life of The Party.”

Previewed earlier this year during an interview in Berlin just after the official release of his new album (which the rapper claimed was done by his label and without his consent,) the track features a painfully personal verse from 3 Stacks. Though West offered the first glimpse, it was newfound rival Drake who effectively leaked the song in full during his guest mix for an episode of OVO’s SiriusXM show, Sound 42, days after the release of his new album, Certified Lover Boy. The leak prompted a swift (and rare) dispatch from 3000 himself, condemning how the track surfaced given its heartfelt content and explaining why it was left off DONDA. “It’s unfortunate that it was released in this way and two artists that I love are going back and forth,” 3000 wrote in a statement.

But now it seems the artist currently known as simply “Ye” has decided “Life of The Party” is worthy of at least one of the many forms of DONDA. Same with Jesus is King outtake “Up From The Ashes” and a newly complete version of “Never Abandon Your Family,” both of which appear alongside “Life of The Party” on the impressive new hardware.

The DONDA Stem Player went up for $200 on West’s site ahead of the release of his new album. According to its item description, the device allows users to split and manipulate the individual parts (or “stems”) of any song. It features four-channel lossless mixing, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, as well as haptic feedback.

You can see it in action in the videos below.

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Zo is a staff writer at Okayplayer where he covers music.

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