The stakes here are clearly higher, the MC telling Zane Lowe from Apple Music that he has lived an increasingly Christian-friendly lifestyle, including deliberately trying to curtail swearing and even asking unmarried partners to abstain from sex while working on the project.
What this discipline hath wrought for listeners is gospel rap as envisioned by one of hip-hop’s all-time greatest composers. The old Kanye (“Chop up the Soul Kanye”) and his discerning ear for sample selection is present throughout, as is one gleefully wielding the weighty harmonies of a traditional black gospel choir.
In all, West’s mission across JESUS IS KING is not unlike that of the albums preceding it, asking fans to take a good hard look at themselves and to think about where they’re headed. The album is a vessel of love, ultimately, and with that love comes the ultimate Kanye West contingency plan. As he tells Lowe, “A family that prays together stays together.”
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