After much anticipation, Kanye West released his 9th studio Album, Jesus Is King, late last night. Originally, the album was set to debut in late September, and then most recently on October 25. According to Ye, the delay was due to fixing some mixes on the project. We all know how controversial Kanye West can be, and he doesn’t miss a beat. It’s only been about 23 hours since the release of the album. Of course, everyone has already formed their opinions, so let’s talk about it.
Now, y’all already know Kanye is getting bashed SUPER hard for releasing a gospel album, because he isn’t a gospel artist. There are those who believe that he is playing church for streams and likes, and there are those who believe that Ye has truly found his deliverance. R&B singer Tank, went as far as to say that, Kanye was being disrespected by not having his album on the Gospel charts because he has a higher calling.
Here’s my take on the whole thing:
So far, I have listened to the whole album twice, and counting. It keeps getting better every time. The album itself is only 11 songs long (27 minutes). It was short, and sweet, but carried a large message. Jesus is King was Kanye’s way of coming out as a full-fledged Christian, so to speak. In his song, ‘On God’, he mentions that until this revelation, he’s been living an un-Godly life. If you’ve listened to any of his music prior to this album, you would know that his faith in God has been evident from the beginning. It’s never been a secret. My guess is that now, since he has dedicated a whole album to his religion, people are taking issue with it?
Musically, I vibe with Kanye. The album was bomb, and I see it doing NUMBERS. I honestly feel that he is super talented, and sometimes, his outward persona, as well as people’s premature perceptions of him tend to get in the way of his talent. The world’s most infamous geniuses, whether in music or in knowledge, are always perceived as ‘crazy’, and are then left to over explain themselves to people who could never truly comprehend. I think Kanye was a hurt person plagued by mental illness, and his only way to express himself was with his faith in God, through his music. Sounds triumphant to me.
I have always identified myself with the Christian faith, however I like to think of myself as more spiritual than religious. It’s not really my job to judge another man, because ultimately, that won’t land me a spot in heaven. Everybody’s faith walk is different. If this man has truly found himself in God, why question that? And if he hasn’t, it really isn’t up to anyone to decide that besides God. How many of y’all are out here spreading the word of Christ? (Crickets) oh, okay.
I’m not saying I’m going to pack up my things and join his Sunday service or anything like that. All I’m saying is… the man undeniably produces great music. His personal life and views aside.
So. What is y’alls favorite song off the album? Mine is Hands On.