Followers seeking spiritual guidance and divine enlightenment from Kanye West have a new holy text on which to draw upon with the release of The Book of Yeezus, a Bible that takes every mention of ‘God’ and changes it to ‘Kanye’ or ‘Yeezus’.
The text is, essentially, The Book of Genesis, the first book of the Christian Old Testament. But rather than crediting God with creating our world, now it reads: “In the beginning Kanye created the heaven and the earth… And Kanye said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
According to the brothers, The Book of Yeezus has not been produced to poke fun or even praise the rapper, but instead offers “a fresh take on what The Bible could look like in our modern world”.
“Each generation champions a superstar, so consistently relevant that they come to accompany that generation through it’s [sic] evolution, being a part of and ultimately shaping its identity,” they wrote. “Such past icons have been the likes of Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, or Michael Jackson. For this generation, Generation Y, Kanye West is not only its greatest spectacle, but in some senses, a spiritual figure.
“What if the Bible, the most singularly significant publication in the ancient canon of Western tradition, were updated to reflect our modern society? What would it look like? What we came up with was an interventionist art, coffee-table novelty, that will appeal to both Kanye fans everywhere and those made curious by this enormous cultural phenomenon.”
West recently spent a busy week in London in which he spoke to students at Oxford University before enlisting the help grime MCs including Novelist and Skepta for a tiny gig at Koko in Camden, which was announced just hours before it began.