Having been on the music scene for 15 years and releasing a total of 8 solo albums, just before you thought the year was coming to a close, Kanye is back!
Dropping just last month, ‘JESUS IS KING’ is Kanye’s latest album and is really a declaration of faith, as West gives his testimony through an artistry he’s spent a lifetime crafting.
West masterfully wields some of the most celebrated voices of both gospel and secular music to help spread the goodness the album sets out to accomplish, including the Sunday Service Choir, Fred Hammond, Ty Dolla $ign and Kenny G.
‘JESUS IS KING’ takes a different path from where ‘Life of Pablo’ left off, as West has purposefully tried to cut back on swearing and even asking unmarried collaborators to abstain from sex while crafting the album.
Those looking for the ‘old Kanye’ should fear not as his renowned choice of artful sample selection in his music is interwoven throughout the album, keeping the Kanye tone authentically on point.
West told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe ahead of the album’s release that the album was about letting listeners know what Jesus has done for him.
“There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion has done for me, I was letting you know what the Hennessy had done for me, all these things – but now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me,” he said.
Here our my top 3 picks from ‘JESUS IS KING’.
The opening track of West’s ninth album, ‘Every Hour’ definitely has a whole lot of oomph. The tune details the importance of the Lord everyday in a believers life and is the only song on the entire record that doesn’t feature any vocals from West. Rather, it shines a light on the rich, soulful gospels of the Sunday Service Choir.
‘Follow God’ is probably my favourite tune from the record. West returns to the spiritual themes of his 2016 track, ‘Father Stretch My Hands’. Alongside a bouncy production, West discusses his struggles in living a truly religious life and following God’s direction in the face of obstacles. Of course, it wouldn’t be a classic Kanye track without a sample so on this soul-deep track, West flips a sample of Whole Truth’s 1974 tune, ‘Can You Lose By Following God’. We can assure you this is one track that you can bounce at the gym, in the living room or in the car.
‘On God’ is probably my favourite track on the record. This is an up-tempo track where West continues to touch on spiritual themes as he preaches the message of the bible. ‘On God’ signals to a common hip-hop phrase meaning ‘believe me’ or ‘swear on my life’. The thrilling electrical production from Pi’erre Bourne marks the third partnership between the two, you may already be familiar with Bourne’s production style on West’s 2018 track, ‘Yikes’.
Go get your Kanye fix right away, nab your copy of ‘JESUS IS KING’ here.