Kanye West played his new album, Jesus is King, along with a complementary film, Jesus is King: a Kanye West Film, at special ‘listening experiences’ in Detroit, Chicago, and New York City this weekend.
Following these events, reports about both the content of the album and some of the things that Kanye has been saying at the events started to surface – and according to one such report, the rapper told the audience that he planned to leave secular music behind for good.
According to Andrew Barber, of the Fake Shore Drive blog, Kanye told the crowd in Chicago that he was planning to focus on “only gospel from here on out”.
Barber also said that both Pusha T and No Malice from the Clipse appear on one of the tracks, reportedly titled “Use this Gospel”, alongside Kenny G. Following the New York event, Billboard’s Michael Saponara added that the album still didn’t sound 100 per cent finished, and that a track with Ty Dolla $ign and Nicki Minaj was still missing Minaj’s verse.
Jesus is King: a Kanye West Film is slated to come out on October 25, but the album itself still doesn’t have a fixed release date. However, it’s likely that the version that eventually comes out will differ to what’s been heard so far. At the very least, you can buy some Jesus is King merch right now.
Just heard Kanye’s new album Jesus Is King and saw the accompanying film. My favorite track is the last song and it features the Clipse. Both Push & No Malice. Kenny G is also on it. “New Body” has been cut from the album.