How Kanye West’s Religious Lyrics Led To ‘Jesus Is King’ | Genius News

HOST: Kanye West’s latest album, ‘Jesus
Is King’ isn’t shy about his connection to the most high. Telling fans at his recent New York City album
listening, quote, HOST: “This has been an incredible journey…This
album has been made to be an expression of the gospel and to share the gospel and the
truth of what Jesus has done to me. HOST: And as a man of God with a God complex,
Ye’s had a long and winding musical relationship with religion. HOST: So Genius News took a look back at Yeezy’s
spiritual journey through his lyrics beginning with the 2004 hit, “Jesus Walks.” HOST: In the early aughts, Kanye was a new
artist and producer, trying to break into an industry dominated by gangster rap. HOST: But as a middle-class kid, Kanye rapped
about what he knew; fashion envy, dating and dropping out of college — as well as trying
to be a good christian son – something heard throughout “Jesus Walks.” KANYE WEST: I’m a Christian and // It’s important
to me that I grow and walk and raise my family with Christian values. HOST: “Jesus Walks” solidified his popularity
with both the religious and secular crowds. However his label Def Jam wasn’t thrilled
about his religious leap. Ye’s longtime A&R Plain Pat recalled a conversation
with then-Def Jam head Lyor Cohen saying, quote,
“We were like, ‘Check this ‘Jesus Walks’ one out.’ And [Lyor] he was like, ‘Don’t fuck it
up Kanye.’” HOST: Throughout his debut album ‘“The
College Dropout,’” Mr. West name dropped Jesus and how he felt God had ordered his
steps to be the world’s biggest artist. He drew on gospel’s legacy, interpolating
lines from old negro spirituals and enlisting the Harlem Boys choir. “
HOST: And he kept the revival going on 2005’s “Late Registration” and 2007’s “Graduation.” He shot videos in cathedrals and worked in
references like testifying — which, in church, means to share what the Lord has done for
you — into hooks. HOST: Throughout this time he was becoming
a bankable star and fledgling designer, and on “Can’t Tell Me Nothing,” he worked to square
his faith with his hedonism. HOST: That last line is a verse from the Bible,
Luke chapter 12, verse 48 which reads quote: HOST: “For unto whomsoever much is given,
of him shall be much required.” HOST: Then in November 2007, Ye’s mother
and closest confidante, Dr. Donda West died of plastic surgery complications. [REPORTER] “Surrounded by friends and family
Kanye West arrived at the True Vine Ministry Church to lay his mother to rest.” HOST: The following year, his “808s & Heartbreak”
was less a jovial reflection of God’s blessings, and more “pop art” ruminations on fame’s
pitfalls, wayward love and his search for meaning. In fact, he only mentions God by name once
on “Love Lockdown.” HOST: Then at the 2009 MTV VMA awards, Kanye
interrupted Taylor Swift, shocking the world. HOST: In the face of withering backlash, Ye
exiled himself while prepping his next album, and hoping pop culture could forgive him. HOST: The Good Friday series – a nod to Jesus’s
crucifixion in the Bible – dropped star-studded loosies as a lead up to the next project. HOST: And later that year, he debuted “Runaway”
at the VMA’s, asking for forgiveness, and dropped “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”
soon after, filled with his usual God mentions — but this time, *HE* was a deity too. HOST: On the bonus track, “See Me Now,”
Ye spit one of his first raps officially calling himself a God — though it did double duty
as a nod to the Chicago-born gangs, the Gangster Disciples and the Vice Lords. HOST: In 2011, JAY-Z and Kanye’s duet album ‘Watch The Throne’ opens with a rejection
of traditional religion, thanks to “No Church In The Wild.” On the project, the guys assert themselves
as towering figures, with comparisons and call-outs to biblical icons. HOST: By 2012’s ‘Cruel Summer,’ Kanye
and the GOOD Music crew make *DIVINE* the new standard for their rhymes with “New
God Flow” and Ye compares himself to Jesus on his remix of Chief Keef’s “Don’t
Like.” HOST: 2013’s Yeezus sees Kanye turn his god complex up a notch with its title being
a clear play on his nickname and Jesus. He even credits God as featured artist on
a track called “I Am A God” — because they have a conversation. HOST: Ye also took Jesus on tour. HOST: Next, in the lead up to 2016’s ‘The
Life Of Pablo,’ Kanye had moved on to a new phase. [KANYE] “This is a gospel album with a whole
lot of cursing on it, but it’s still a gospel album. The Gospel according to Ye.” HOST: Most of the songs on the album didn’t
really sound gospel-like, except for “Ultralight Beam,” which opens the album with the sample
of little girl’s prayer. HOST: ‘The Life of Pablo’ itself is named
after three famous Pablos: painter Pablo Picasso, drug czar Pablo Esobar, and another one from
the Bible — the Apostle Paul’s whose name in Spanish is also, Pablo. KANYE: “Apostle Paul inspired and was the
strongest influencer of Christianity.” HOST: And while Ye doubles as Kanye’s nickname
and the title of his 2018 album, ‘Ye,’ it also appears in scripture. KANYE: “I believe ‘ye’ is the most commonly
used word in the Bible, and, in the Bible, it means ‘you,’ so it’s “I’m you,
I’m us, it’s us.” HOST: At the time of ‘Ye’s release, Kanye
faced backlash for his support of President Donald Trump despite his racist rhetoric and
policies and Kanye’s own tumultuous interviews. KANYE: “When you hear about slavery for
400 years. For 400 years? That sound like a choice.” HOST: Many questioned his mental health and
erratic tweets. On ‘Ye,’ Kanye addressed this and said
he was bipolar — though he later said he was misdiagnosed. HOST: A week later, ‘KIDS SEE GHOSTS,’ Kanye’s collab album with Kid Cudi, dropped
where he continued his lyrical battle with mental and spiritual turmoil. But here he’s repentant as he raps about
finding inner peace and religious redemption. HOST: By December 2018, Kanye tweeted that Chance the Rapper had helped him find his
way back to Christ. HOST: A month later, Kanye gathered a choir
to perform hymnal versions of his catalog and more in what would become his weekly Sunday
Service performance and a sort of of never-ending album promo. HOST: On Easter Sunday 2019, he took Sunday
Service to Coachella and debuted the track “Water” with themes of purity and rebirth. There’s even been talk of Kanye wanting
to start his own church. HOST: And while that may be new, as he flew
around the country hosting pop-up Sunday Services in Detroit and New York City during the last
week of September 2019, Kanye’s public embrace of Christianity, even leading him to crown
himself King of all Kings, has been his touchstone. HOST: His music has always been a reflection
of his spirituality and it looks like, with Jesus Is King, the two are more intertwined
than ever. HOST: I’m Hillary with Genius News, bringing
you the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.

100 thoughts on “How Kanye West’s Religious Lyrics Led To ‘Jesus Is King’ | Genius News

  1. What a primitive "music". I wonder about the people who are interested in this. Likely people who wish to be him and are envy. To me all of this is just a piece of smoking ****.

  2. MBDTF, graduation, Late registration and Dropout are one of the greatest albums of all time … Kanye is a genius in terms of making music with actual meaning but people still bash him for the things he says

  3. This dumb false prophets miss quote the Bible as he says to whom much is given much is tested which in the Bible it says to whom much is given much is required he’s confused 🤷🏽‍♀️

  4. FAKE prophet.. Now you selling CHURCH business, YOU USArs slaves for trends, PIMPED for PROFIT 🤦‍♂️🙈🏁

  5. Ok so he is still using the blasphemous name yeezus? Yeah he needs to repent and do it right and bring people to HOLINESS not Jesus worldliness. We can’t be part of the world and be a Christian. A friend of the world is a enemy of God.

  6. I honestly and sincerely pray that he is doing it for God and to bring people to Jesus and not to promote himself

  7. Still waiting on Cruel Winter, Turbo Grfx, Good Ass Job, Watch The Throne 2, Brothers, the Kids See Ghosts Short Film and now Jesus Is King..

  8. Nice time flow guys makes lot of Sense why my nigga loves Jesus… God has a funny way of dealing men. We thought we can run but we back to him again

  9. I'm not listening or following no man any where!!! He is writhing gospel music HE ISN'T INTO GOD! I'm good. Y'all can fall for this b.s. bet I don't.

  10. "I sold my soul to the devil, I know it's a crappy deal. At least it came with a few toys like a happy meal" – Kanye West

  11. But what does it matter? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice. Yes, and I will continue to rejoice (Philippians 1:18 NVI)

  12. Christianity. One of the religions of white supremacy. Koonye supports Trump. Is married to a white whore. Says "slavery was a choice".

    Was friends with Slave Z who is also a sell out. (Birds of a feather flock together)

    And is a Christian.

    It all adds up.

  13. I’m not one to judge but you can’t be wealthy and try to maintain good values. A seed among thorns will be choked. The only way to be a true follower is to live humbly and literally walk the same path as the messiah

  14. Wow saying Donald Trump is racist, bold move without any facts to prove it. Hillary is more racist than Donald, and that is a fact.

  15. Lol still throwing in those opinionated statements about trump being racist on a video that should be based on facts 😂

  16. Book on how MK Ultra Mind Control Slaves are made: The illuminati formula used to create an undetectable mind control slave by Fritz Springmeier

  17. The stans(me included) are anxious and impatient. We need Jesus is king to come out soon. Fuck it, the world needs it. The culture needs it. It won't fix it all but will show the way.

  18. Misleading title. What is Jesus is king? Is that an album that has dropped? And your start off wrong by saying "kanye wests latest album Jesus is king" is it really? Cuz there is no album put out by Kanye West title Jesus is king

  19. "I would like to welcome you to the world of
    Fake bitches, no love
    What the fuck you take me for? Show love
    I hate haters in the club
    You must not really know where I come from
    Exactly where my heart
    Or you would never, never, never!
    Uhh, where do I start?
    People ask me shit about Illuminati
    First off, fuck that mean?!
    He loved Jesus when he he he was worse off, oh I see
    When they, think a nigga is, stupid rich
    People just start coming up with stupid shit
    Man, shit I could never predict
    Hold up, let me hit you with this
    Rolling in a Bugatti with fo' chains is some foolishness
    Yea yea yea, that'd be the shit
    They'd rather see a nigga locked up, why? For stupid shit
    Look how they did my nigga Tip
    Soon as Wayne get out, Tip go in
    Wonder why the nigga wanna make the clip go in
    Wonder why it so hard when it get going
    Hold ya head, my niggas the system is
    Made to make niggas fall, made to make niggas fail, uhh
    Especially if you ball, they don't take niggas well
    Hell nah, you can't come through flying
    In a, in a Bentley shining
    I'm in the back, backseat driving
    Screaming on a nigga like I'm actually driving"

    Kanye West – Welcome To The World

  20. Trump’s rhetoric and policy have never been racist. You’re still thinking in the box they put you in but you can leave whenever; I believe thats what Ye wants people to see

  21. I'm glad he's doing this especially in these dark times where Christianity is being attacked. Somehow believing in God makes you a bad person now

  22. Jesus is at the door!! This is God knocking on the hearts of those in the hip hop community. Using kanye to wake up more ppl.

  23. Tbh Kanye looks really happy now and props to chance for showing him the way. He needs to lead the youth to god, too much music about the devil got people giving bad vibes. I was at the NY listening party a couple days ago and the song LA Monster is crazy he tries to break down what’s happening to him. He’s tryna find the LIGHT!

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