Kanye West released Jesus Is King in late October, and the gospel hip-hop artist continues exploring creative avenues to express his recent religious interests. The uniquely keen mind of Mr. West has dipped his toes in various facets of creation such as fashion, architecture, video documentaries, and now, he’s taking a turn at opera.
Via Twitter, the Chicago producer shared details that read “A KANYE WEST OPERA” engraved in gold above Nebuchadnezzar, the longest-reigning monarch of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. At the bottom of the image had more details such as the director of the performance, Vanessa Beecroft, as well as the location and time—the Hollywood Bowl on November 24. The music will come from Kanye’s Sunday Service choir, plus Peter Collins & Infinities Song.
Aside from his opera, Ye spent his Sunday at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, bringing his Sunday Service to the infamous mega-church pastor and televangelist’s ceremony. Mr. West also brought his Billboard No.1 to Harris County Jail, where he performed a surprise service for inmates.
Kanye West released the highly anticipated Jesus Is King project on Oct. 25 and performed the track “Closed on Sunday” as a pre-recorded performance at the Oculus in Manhattan for Jimmy Kimmel Live! This was Ye’s second appearance in the late-night talk show, promoting the album on Oct. 24 as well, before the actual release.
West was accompanied by his Sunday Service choir, adding a live instrument spin encompassed by a beautiful open space to the produced track. The community feel and build take on a new era of Kanye, as the Chicago rapper continues his life journey through fatherhood and gospel-focused music.
The full-length project features collaborations from the likes of Ty Dolla $ign, Clipse, Kenny G, Timbaland, Pi’erre Bourne, CyHi the Prynce, Mike Dean, and many other talented songwriters and producers.
Kanye West has been outspoken in his faith over the years, and in 2019, it’s been a cornerstone force in his creative direction. After many months of fine-tuning, changed release dates, and general anticipation, the long-awaited Jesus Is King has now arrived—and is a culmination of what we’ve seen in his public life over the past couple years. Jesus Is King is more-or-less his Sunday Service show concept captured in form, and likewise includes quite a few singles debuted during his extended run of shows he’s hosted through the year. “Water”—a standout number featuring Ant Clemons providing an empassioned vocal performance—was premiered during his Coachella Sunday Service, for example. The album is a brief listen, clocking in at under 30 minutes across its 11 tracks.
Although Jesus Is King has received some mixed reviews upon release, ultimately nothing can stop the listening frenzy around it. It’s looking to become Kanye’s ninth solo album to top the Billboard 200 chart, and has topped most of Spotify’s main charts. So far, it’s outpacing his last record, Ye, from the year before.
After months of delays and the subsequent pivot away from the highly anticipated YandhiLP, Kanye West has once again locked in a new release date for his ninth studio album, Jesus is King. The gospel album will now be delivered Friday, Oct. 25. West tweeted a picture of the LP pressed onto a blue vinyl and its accompanying delivery date on Monday, Oct. 21.
Originally scheduled for release on Sept. 27 following an event called “Jesus is King: A Kanye West Experience” in Detroit, the album drop was pushed back two days for final adjustments, but failed to materialize. The Detroit event featured a screening of an exclusive film titled Jesus is King and a playback of the album. The film will be released worldwide Oct. 25 in collaboration with IMAX and include tracks from West’s new album as well.
West will allegedly only make gospel music from this point forward, according to a source at the Detroit listening event. The statement perhaps comes as no surprise given the rapper’s recent activities performing with his Sunday Service shows and musical direction towards the gospel space.
No one dominates the entertainment media cycle like Kanye West. Whether he’s making another debate-stoking remark, announcing a surprise set at Coachella, or teasing new music through a variety of methods (one of which has recently been unintentional leaks), he always knows how to get attention.
West’s latest head-turning offering comes in the form of a trailer for his upcoming film, Jesus Is King. The movie will be a live recording of one of his Sunday Service concerts in Roden Crater, an Arizona-based art installation by light and space artist James Turrell. He and a choir will perform a variety of songs specifically arranged for the film and will include music from his new album of the same name.
Imax has partnered with West to release the film in Imax theaters nationwide on October 25. They said in a statement:
“Filmed in the summer of 2019, Jesus Is King brings Kanye West’s famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater, visionary artist James Turrell’s never-before-seen installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert. This one-of-a-kind experience features songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with music from his new album Jesus Is King — all presented in the immersive sound and stunning clarity of Imax.”
The album which in the traditional fashion of West has been delayed several times, was initially scheduled for release on September 27. It was changed to September 29 soonafter, and is set for October 25 (the same date as the film) pending West “likes it by then,” as he told a crowd at George Washington University in Washington D.C. on October 12.
In accompaniment with his elusive new album, Jesus is King, Kanye West is working on an IMAX release of a film by the same name.
Jesus is King the movie is set to be released on October 25 and promises an inside look into West’s Sunday Service performance at Roden Crater. A statement from the rapper’s team claims, “This one-of-a-kind experience features songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with music from his new album Jesus Is King—all presented in the immersive sound and stunning clarity of IMAX.”
Jesus is King the album was scheduled for release on September 27 yet it still remains on hold, as of now, indefinitely. Kanye had previously on previewed the album’s tracks only to a small congregation of his “true believers,” before previewing the project in select markets over the weekend it was due to be released. Perhaps the record will be ready for wide release by the time the film lands in IMAX theaters…though, considering West’s usual MO, that’s likely a stretch.
Weeks before the impending release of his ninth studio albumJesus is King, Kanye West has taken his Sunday Service live series to his hometown Chicago. The rapper also tapped fellow Chicago-native Chance The Rapper for his verses from The Life of Pablo‘s seminal“Ultralight Beam.” Despite the rainy conditions, Chicago’s Sunday Service remained a momentous affair nonetheless, with choir members geared up in rain ponchos. Other tracks on the setlist included “Jesus Walks,” “Father Stretch My Hands,” and “Drop It Likes Its Hot.” West has notably brought his Sunday Service to Easter Sunday mass at Coachella Weekend Two for an unforgettably holy conclusion to the festival.
Chance released his highly anticipated debut LP The Big Dayin July. He announced show postponements to 2020 for the majority of his dates for his album tour, following the birth of his second daughter, Marli.
“When Kensli was born, I went on tour 2 weeks later and missed some of the most important milestones in her life, but more importantly I was absent when her mother needed me the most. At this point as a husband and father of two I realize that I can’t make that mistake again. I need to be as helpful and available as possible to my wife in these early months of raising Kensli and Marli”, Chance wrote on Instagram.
Chance’s appearance starts around 28:30, or watch the full performance below.
“Take Me to the Light” is set to become the title track to the impending album from the duo hailing from Oakland. The song is delicious, even downright heavenly, as Francis and the Lights’ usual warm embrace rests on forefront of the track. The artists’ masterful electronic sound manipulation makes for an auditory journey that begs endless repeat.
There had been ample speculation of new tunes on the way in recent Twitter activity from Francis and the Lights, hinting they’d been working on a track with “some friends.” Some friends, indeed.
After repeated unconfirmed leaks of Yandhi, Kanye West‘s expected ninth studio album, it appears the LP has been canned in favor of a new record, titled Jesus is King, reportedly due on September 27. The Chicago rapper’s wife, Kim Kardashian-West shared an image of a notebook with a 12-track listing, complete with a title and release date.
Jesus is King is set to arrive nearly one year to the day after Yandhi was initially expected to drop. What would have been a quick follow up to last summer’s Ye, a la the Wyoming Sessions, got pushed to November 2018, before ultimately being delayed indefinitely. Summer 2019 brought a number of unsubstantiated Yandhi leaks, and now the fabled album might become an elusive figment of West’s official catalog. The rapper’s most recent focus however has been on his traveling Sunday Service live series, and judging by the new album’s name and tracklisting, we may be in for a true gospel offering from Kanye West come this fall.
Jesus is King Tracklist: Glade Garden Seleh God Is Baptized Sierra Canyon Hands On Wake the Dead Water Through the Valley Sunday Sweet Jesus
After months of suspense surrounding rumored new music, Kid Cudi has finally confirmed the title of his new album, Entergalactic, that is scheduled to be released next year. Fresh off the heels of the recent 11th anniversary of Cudi’s debut mixtape A Kid Named Cudi, it’s time to start preparing for what he’s up to next.
Along with the announcement of the new LP, Cudi also revealed a new Netflix series of the same name will accompany the album. This will be an adult series that is written, produced, and voiced entirely by Cudi himself. Read a tweet from Cudi below to get some of his thoughts on the new project:
Entergalactic will be something you’ve never experienced. I promise it’ll be a fun ride. Lot of good friends involved. Great songs too! The cast is coming together. I know a year from now seems like forever but itll be here before u know it!
Entergalactic will be Cudi’s first solo album since 2016’s Passion, Pain, & Demon Slayin’. Since then he’s been busy working on his new project with Kanye West, KIDS SEE GHOSTS, which performed a headlining set at the 2018 edition of Camp Flog Gnaw in addition to performing a couple of songs during Cudi’s weekend two Coachella set last year.H/T: Run The Trap