Kanye West‘s appearance at Awaken 2020 ruffled feathers of fellow speakers considered by many to be “anti-LGBTQ” as the Chicago native opened up about his past alcohol abuse.

The rapper along with his Sunday Service choir performed “Jesus Walks” before West began speaking directly to the audience about his being a “Trojan horse for God”⁠ – having begun his career with secular music before moving towards a Gospel-heavy sound. He explained how his mental health has improved since finding God: “No matter how long you’ve been away, no matter how long you’ve been in the dark, the light is right there, ready to save. To give you the confidence.”

One surprising topic of West’s talk was his relationship with alcohol – and the trouble it got him into at the 2009 VMAs when he showed up with Hennessy in-hand on the red carpet and later crashed the stage as Taylor Swift was accepting an award. He curbed the habit almost instantly one day while walking to a refrigerator that held a bottle of vodka: “I stopped myself and I said, ‘Devil you’re not gonna finna beat me today.'”

Kanye’s performance at Awaken 2020 was surprising but inspirational. watch the full show below.

Kanye West LIVE

Kanye West and the Sunday Service Collective LIVE from Awaken 2020

Posted by GOD TV on Saturday, January 18, 2020

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