West’s record, which arrived earlier today (October 25) after numerous delays and false starts, hears the rapper venture into gospel territory on album number nine.
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The reactions have been mixed so far with some fans fawning and others despairing over Ye’s new musical and thematic direction.
Actor and comedian Michael Rapaport appeared to be unimpressed by West’s latest effort, labelling it “straight wackiness” and likening it to the sound of the 1993 film Sister Act 2.
Kanye’s new record SISTER ACT 2 is straight wackiness.
So he has the same amount of dope shit and wack shit now.
Greatest Living Con Artist of All Time
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) October 25, 2019
Migos‘ Quavo, however, implied that he has enjoyed his first few spins.
@kanyewest Jesus Is King
— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) October 25, 2019
Meanwhile, rapper Taylor Bennett – the younger brother of Chance the Rapper – implored his Twitter followers to judge the album for themselves.
— TAYLOR BENNETT (@_TaylorBennett) October 25, 2019
And Chance’s manager Pat Corcoran also Tweeted about the album.
Jesus is King
Jesus putting on for the city
Jesus he the realest
Jesus prolly gotta couple million
Jesus got children
Jesus prolly still livin’
— nice work pat (@patthemanager) October 25, 2019
See some more reactions below – including from gospel rapper Lecrae.
— Lecrae (@lecrae) October 25, 2019
Thank The Lord for streaming cos Kanyé really made us wait this long for 2 minute tracks 🤣 this guy is outrageous! #JesusIsKing
— Rants (@rantsnbants) October 25, 2019
I see that the megalomaniac televangelist has fooled a large portion of the community…. again.
— Wally Sparks (@djwallysparks) October 25, 2019
This "follow god" song, sound like the old kanye 🔥
— Balance510 (@Balance510) October 25, 2019
Elsewhere, fans shared reaction gifs or posted their first thoughts. See below:
Gonna listen to Kanye’s gospel because he is responsible for “Devil in a new dress” which in my honest opinion is arguably his greatest song to me‼️
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) October 25, 2019
— Novembers 𝔉𝔦𝔫𝔢𝔰𝔱 🦂 (@xoMarcos_) October 25, 2019
I just wanna spend a day or more with Kanye west and learn …. what a man 🙏
— SKALES (@youngskales) October 25, 2019
"Have you heard that new Kanye West album?" #JesusIsKing
— MpyrONE (@OneMpyr) October 25, 2019
— Jobless Thoughts (@joblessthoughts) October 25, 2019
Personally thought Kanye’s Zane interview (that I’ve yet to finish btw) was more interesting than his album. Jesus is King sounds good (outside of bad mixing choices) but it’s basically Kanye’s Kidz Bop album somewhat relying on a faith to avoid delving into himself.
— BlackJasonBateman (@YourMusicWhore) October 25, 2019
Another classic Kanye West album.
Another defining chapter in the life and times of Ye.
No need for reviews, ‘think pieces’, or any other click bait fuckery.
It is what it is. Straight excellence. pic.twitter.com/xLhiOVn1mC
— DJSemtex (@DJSemtex) October 25, 2019
Ahead of the release of the album, West gave an expansive interview to Beats 1’s Zane Lowe where he declared himself “unquestionably, undoubtedly, the greatest human artist of all time”. He also revealed that a follow-up to ‘Jesus Is King’, titled ‘Jesus Is Born’, will be released on Christmas.
West also opened up to Lowe on his recent turn to religion. “Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job is to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me,” he said.
“I’ve spread a lot of things,” West continued. “There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion had done for me, I was letting you know what the Hennessy had done for me, but now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me.”