A Kanye West release has evolved into a sport as scrolling through timelines while hitting refresh on streaming services and social media all the while waiting for a drop requires extreme online vigilance. And that patience has paid off this weekend when fans were rewarded after Ye unveiled his ninth solo album, Jesus Is King.
The Def Jam/Universal-released effort sees the Chicago native taking a new path in life by incorporating his Christian beliefs. Following a series of Sunday Service congregations and quotable interviews, West has undergone a spiritual transformation that has bled into his music. In a specific sit-down with Zane Lowe, the “Jesus Walks” artist professed a commitment to his goals of being a good father, husband and good person.
From the jubilant praise heard on the opening track “Every Hour” to the “Hallelujah” chants on “Selah,” the tone is set for a weekend-worthy soundtrack. “Closed On Sunday,” comes across as a more contemporary Christian rap track that not only sprinkles in shout-outs to Chick-Fil-A, but details West’s new guidelines to living a more fulfilling life: “Raise our sons, train them in the faith/ Through temptations, make sure they’re wide awake/ Follow Jesus, listen and obey/ No more livin’ for the culture, we nobody’s slave.” Hear that and more in the powerful Jesus is King below.