Kanye West Boycotts Secular Music
Updated: Dec 6, 2019
By Rebecca Brando , October 2, 2019
Kanye West let fans down everywhere for the release of his once-again delayed gospel album, ‘Jesus Is King.’ Although the album didn’t drop on the original announced date of Friday, September 27th, tickets for West’s listening parties have sold out in minutes with the rapper making some shocking announcements along the way.
Kanye First Announces the Jesus Is King Experience - Detroit
On Sept. 27, 2019, instead of releasing his highly anticipated album, West entertained an intimate crowd of 1000 guests in attendance for the ‘Jesus Is King Experience’ and listening party in Detroit at the Fox Theater. The “Jesus Walks” rapper played his 9th studio- 10-track- album, along with a documentary movie, following his work with his Sunday Service concerts. The new album is reportedly strictly gospel music with zero profanity, further supporting the future direction of Kanye’s music and lifestyle. Wife, Kim Kardashian announced Kanye would release the new Jesus Is King album the Sunday following his Chicago and New York scheduled performances.
Sunday Service in Jamaica, Queens -New York
On Sunday, September 28th, Kanye took his infamous Sunday Service to the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Queens, New York. The performance remained a secret until Kim Kardashian West entered the church through a side door. More VIPs and celebrity guests slipped into the Service such as; Alexander Wang, Swizz Beatz and Akon. With standing-room only and a packed house, Jason White, director of Sunday Service, began service by calling on a choir of a hundred singers to join him at the pulpit with their backs to the church congregation. The spectacle caused many regular church members to walk out mid-performance.
Kanye joined the choir by playing the keyboard to pre-recorded tracks while singing along and rapping lyrics from a few of his secular songs. After The Sunday Service, they revealed that West would hold a listening party later that evening at an undisclosed location.
Jesus Is King Listening Party - Washington Heights, NY
West held the Jesus Is King listening party at The United Palace in Washington Heights, New York. Tickets were free and went on sale at 5:00 p.m. EST via Ticketmaster, as expected, they sold out in minutes. Droves of fans dressed in their best Yeezy’s stood in a line which stretched 4 blocks long. The event started at 8:30 p.m. EST and began with a screening of West’s documentary to accompany the Jesus Is King album. They prohibited phones and recording devices during the event to ensure a phoneless experience for fans.
Kanye Is Only Making Gospel Music From Now On
On September 28th, 2019, famed music promoter, Andrew Barber, tweeted from his Twitter account: “Kanye West also announced that he is no longer making secular music,” Barber tweeted early Sunday. “Only Gospel from here on out.”
Kanye Partners with IMAX - Jesus Is King Experience
IMAX announced its collaboration with West on Saturday (Sept 28), featuring his exclusive film, Jesus Is King, in theaters around the world on Oct 25, 2019.
“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,” In a statement, IMAX said. “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 documentary film and soundtrack are arranged and produced by Kanye, assumingly to coincide with his new album. There are only minimal details about the film so far; they released the official poster with the announcement.
Despite West’s self-proclaimed faith, fans and critics have publicly debated whether Kanye’s spiritual revival is legitimate or just another platform he created in the name of profit.
At a recent Sunday Service, he reportedly had multiple pieces of merchandise for sale, including sweatshirts that went for $140 dollars a piece. While the true motivation behind these services may be debatable, Kanye continues to surprise fans around the world as they patiently await his new music.