by Kanye West (featuring Playboi Carti)

Album: Donda (2021)
Charted: 16
Play Video


  • While many of the Donda cuts find Kanye West testifying to his Christian faith, paying tribute to his late mother and mourning the breakdown of his marriage, "Junya" is notably braggadocios in nature.
  • West kicks off the song with the chorus, where he namechecks Junya Watanbe, a high-end fashion designer based in Tokyo.

    Junya Watanabe on my wri', wri'
    Tell 'em this, did he miss?

    Watanbe had yet to release any watches publicly when this song was recorded, so if Kanye has got hold of one it must have cost him a bomb.

    On the second verse, Kanye boasts about the success of his Yeezy clothing.

    Buy out the store in hours like we planned it

    The last verse finds Kanye comparing his achievements as a wealthy rapper and fashion designer to Giannis Antetokounmpo, who led the Milwaukee Bucks to a victory in the 2021 NBA Finals.

    I won with the bucks, boy
    Let me Giannis

    Kanye also takes shots at his rival Drake, who it was rumored wanted to drop his Certified Lover Boy album the same day as Donda.

    Move out of the way of my release

    Kanye concludes the song by reflecting on the conflicts he faces as a Christian rapper who spits braggadocios bars and does his share of beefing.

    Tryna get me off my Qs and Ps
    Why can't losers never lose in peace?
    Ain't nobody 'round me losing sleep
    Better find God 'fore He find me
    Tell the Devil good night, go to sleep
  • The third verse finds Kanye joining forces with Playboi Carti, who first broke through in 2017 with his eponymous mixtape and the track "Magnolia." Since then, the mumble rapper has continued to be one of the leading figures of the new school of hip-hop, and here he flexes about his five successful years.

    For five summers, hold up, uh
    We took over, hold up, uh

    This track is one of two collaborations between Kanye and Carti on Donda, the other being "Off The Grid."
  • West co-produced the track with Digital Nas. The Atlanta producer worked with Playboi Carti on some of his early cuts, such as "Run It" and "Lil Boy," before rising to prominence for his work with ASAP Ferg and Lil Yachty.
  • West also included a revised version on Donda. "Junya, Pt. 2" cuts out some of his rhymes, extends Playboi Carti's contribution, and adds a new verse by Ty Dolla $ign.


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Bill Withers

Bill WithersSongwriter Interviews

Soul music legend Bill Withers on how life experience and the company you keep leads to classic songs like "Lean On Me."

American Hits With Foreign Titles

American Hits With Foreign TitlesSong Writing

What are the biggest US hits with French, Spanish (not "Rico Suave"), Italian, Scottish, Greek, and Japanese titles?

John Doe of X

John Doe of XSongwriter Interviews

With his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.

Alice Cooper

Alice CooperFact or Fiction

How well do you know this shock-rock harbinger who's been publicly executed hundreds of times?

Crystal Waters

Crystal WatersSongwriter Interviews

Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.

Leslie West of Mountain

Leslie West of MountainSongwriter Interviews

From the cowbell on "Mississippi Queen" to recording with The Who when they got the wrong Felix, stories from one of rock's master craftsmen.