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Jesus is King.
Last night, I saw my brother in Christ, my father Kanye West, for the first time in the history of being a Kanye West stan and it couldn’t have been better timing. In the peak of finding Jesus and becoming “fully invested” in living the life that his father has set out for him, Kanye left no stones unturned.
Last night, I saw a man who wanted to show the world that loving Jesus is not anything to be shy or ashamed of by applying it to his music. We heard him. Clearly.
We heard the man turning a new leaf in life and with his music, with his wife Kim Kardashian West standing proudly next to him, as his two oldest children, North and Saint West, danced under the symphony of their father’s praises.
Now that I’ve gotten all of that out of the way, let me tell you, just exciting tonight really was. It was amazing. To watch a flood of Kanye lovers; vintage pink polo loving stans, and the “Bipolar is my superpower” baby stans worked their way through lines of impatient fans, metal detectors, and many, many stairs, reminded me that as much as Kanye is “canceled,” people will still always support him and his endeavors. I’ve been a fan of Kanye since I was 16 years old. I was always drawn to him, his mental, how he expressed himself and how he would constantly flex his shit because he could.
And seriously, who was going to check him, boo?
Afterward, Kanye allowed us to hear the album that everyone was sitting on pins and needles to hear. The “Jesus is King” album sounds just like I thought it would, a gospel album with A1 Kanye productions. Fuckin’ A. I can honestly say “Closed on Sunday” will be my favorite track on the album, mainly because it is one of the most memorable and exhibits the sense of humor Kanye is known for having.
Telling someone that they are your “Chick-fil-A” is going to be a term of endearment, no thanks to Ye. with other tracks including “On God,” “Water,” and a saxophone section on the final song, “Use This Gospel,” featuring The Clipse (Pusha T and No Malice), Ty Dolla Sign, and Kenny G, who Ye interrupts by adding, “That’s Kenny G, by the way.” The 10-track album with two pushed-back dates, September 27 and now the 29th, is still the most highly anticipated album of the year. With no date soon, Kanye accomplished what I believe he wanted to achieve, to bring his fans in one place with the gospel of God.
“I came to know the truth and the joy of Jesus Christ. 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. When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that he does for me, my soul cries out.“
What most people may have recognized once (and still) as arrogance or even conceitedness, I saw bravery and courage. I mean, let’s be honest with ourselves here; people hate what they don’t understand, and, sadly, this way of thinking has become routine. Kanye was always taught to think highly of himself and see himself as god-like because of the quote… Matthew 5:48 says, “You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” However, it made me a little sad to say that I did not see that Kanye tonight.
The Kanye that my 16-year-old self would have died to see. No, I didn’t see that man at all. I saw a father. I saw a husband. I saw a god-fearing man who was battered and beaten up by society and the media. A man who has been marginalized to no understanding and yet continues to push past the media’s image of him and put other people ahead of him. After it all. I watched a man build homes in the most unconventional yet most selfless way. Will he get credit for it? Probably not.
Will he be ridiculed and made fun of for it? Probably so. But he never did operate for the acceptance of others, and perhaps that is why he is so feared. Maybe it is easier to call him “Crazy Kanye” instead of inspirational or motivational. If people actually tried to follow his way of thinking and agreed on what he conveys in life, there wouldn’t be a real reason to dislike him.
“No one man should have all that power.”