Although Kanye West hasn’t released any new music in recent months, the legendary rapper and producer seems to have found a new musical outlet: Sunday Service.
The Jesus Walks rapper has held these services, alongside with a full choir, each Sunday since that start of the year. His wife Kim Kardashian West has been on hand to give the world glimpses of her husband’s musical genius, as choir director, on her social media.
“Just hearing music as our Sunday Service was super inspiring,” Kim tweeted in January. “See you next Sunday.
Although the programming of these Sunday Services is not clear, West has repurposed some of his more gospel-friendly hits to be part of his service’s musical selection. I Wonder, Jesus Walks, Father Stretch My Hands, and Beautiful Morning are some the songs we can hear whenever parts of the service are streamed.
Other times, the choir performs non-Christian songs with a gospel twist or well-known gospel songs with a hip-hop twist.
And Hollywood appears to be eating up. Outside of the large Kardashian-Jenner clan, the likes of Rick Rubin, Kid Cudi, David Letterman, Charlie Wilson have shown up to the Kardashian-West home for some of these services.
Many have speculated that the services may be part of a promotional strategy for West’s upcoming album, Yandhi. It is not clear when that album will drop, however, as Kanye was sued by his record label on last week for alleged breach of contract after he claimed his deal was a form of “servitude.”
In January, West filed a lawsuit in which he claimed that the contract violated his personal service terms because it lasted more than seven years without allowing him “one moment of freedom.”
But for now, Ye has put on these services consistently for the last ten weeks, so we’ll keep an eye out for his plans with the project.