The Release Of “Jesus Is King” Is Delayed, And Kanye West Says He’ll Never Do Secular Music Again

September 30, 2019 / Posted by:

Kenny G’s latest album, Jesus Is King, was supposed to have been released this past Sunday, but it wasn’t, and according to TMZ, no new release has been announced. Apparently, Kenny’s good friend Kanye West wasn’t quite done tinkering with it yet. How much tinkering does an album full of romantic soprano sax solos require? We may never know. Because JIK is a gospel album, and as much as I’d like to pretend otherwise, Kenny’s only featured on one track. JIK is 100% certifiable Kanye, and it’s part of his rebirth as God’s most special tool. According to Fader, Kanye has decided he’s never doing secular music again.

Andrew Barber, the founder of the Chicago hip hop blog Fake Shore Drive says he’s listened to JIK, and apparently, much like Kanye is a conduit for God’s word, he’s a conduit for Kanye’s good news.

The song New Body must have been an ode to Kim Kardashian. And if cutting New Body wasn’t sufficient grounds for divorce, according to The Sun, the 35 minute film that accompanies JIK is “an evangelical rant about the evils of the modern world — including the suggestion that it’s time for ­youngsters to put down Instagram”. Awkward!

I can understand why people are excited for new music from Kanye, but according to multiple sources who had the opportunity to hear JIK at several listening events over the weekend, Kanye has a lot more than music on his agenda. At a Sunday Service held last Friday in Detroit, Kanye made the audience listen to an actual sermon from some nerdy evangelical preacher who makes Pastor Carl Lentz look like an actual rock star. According to DISRN:

At Kanye West’s “Sunday Service” in Detroit on Friday, Pastor Adam Tyson of Placerita Bible Church was given the stage and preached an impassioned 12-minute salvation message to the thousands in attendance and the many streaming the event around the world.

This was DETROIT! What is Aaron Carter’s Christian doppelganger doing in Motown preaching at a hip hop show? Even worse, fans in New York who attended a JIK listening party on Sunday, had to sit through a movie about his Godforsaken domes. (via Complex):

The evening kicked off with the screening of a short documentary about Kanye’s recent architecture projects, focused on the domes he’s been building in Calabasas (which were demolished in mid-September after public complaints about construction noise). In his own words, he’s “designing things that maximize the human experience.” The doc is anchored around dramatic cinematography, including one memorable shot of Kanye walking through a field of giraffes in Uganda as his daughter North rides on his shoulders. Throughout the short film, Kanye speaks about his goals of bringing the same design quality that rich people enjoy in their homes to places like orphanages, and he gets candid about what it was like coming up with ideas when he was “ramped up” and dealing with the effects of bipolar disorder.

Mind you, everybody was forced to leave their cellphones in “locked cases upon entry” so they couldn’t even helplessly text “the fuck?” to their neighbor during the presentation. I’m sure lots of people will be losing their minds waiting for JIK to drop. My money’s on a Christmas release because as non-conformist as he thinks he is, Kanye’s actually quite basic for a megalomaniacal pop star with a God complex. But good luck to him if he tries steal the holidays away from Mariah Carey. I wish he would.

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