Kanye West’s Jesus is King

Kass Jones

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Kanye West’s long awaited 9 th solo studio album, Jesus is King, is here… and to say the
least, is a disappointment. The 11 track LP deals with Kanye—a now “born-again
Christian”—expressing his love for Jesus. It feels out of place. Ye has never been shy of
expressing his faith; some of his most beloved tracks: Jesus Walks and Ultralight Beam are all
about Christian faith and praise. West claims he is done with secular music and is “Christian
Everything”, however, die-hard fans have a feeling it won’t last. Up until his 2018 effort, Ye,
every one of West’s albums has pushed hip-hop and rap music in a new direction. To garnish
West’s complex and widely praised discography with the most recent record seems like a
mistake.

But, this album is not at all bad. From start to end the expected ‘Kanye production
quality’ is there. The disappointment is coming from the fact that a new Kanye album has been
rumored since September of last year. Endless amounts of snippets of unfinished unreleased
tracks only add to the anticipation for something listeners will now never hear. For the majority
of the time between albums, fans believed the next album would be titled Yandhi because of

several tweets from Kim and Kanye both. Several full tracks were unofficially released on
YouTube closer to new album which would go through a lot of changes in those last months
before an official release. Only until the last few months did fans know the title of the new
project would be Jesus is King.

The main issues fans have with the finished record is the lack of content and I agree that
the tracks are all pretty much about Jesus and West’s love for God, however, this isn’t distracting
from the music and what is wanted to be said. Kanye delivers a roughly 30 minutes of new
material. And yes, they are all tailored around the same topic, I just don’t find that an issue here.
My issue is that this record is not as innovative or as game changing as it could be.