Kanye West’s “Jesus is King” does not disappoint


Kanye singing from his new album “Jesus is King.”

Aidan Riley, Sports & Entertainment Editor

Kanye West has finally dropped his long-awaited “Jesus is King” album, and it did not disappoint. The album was originally supposed to drop in September of 2018, under the title of “Yandhi”. After that album was practically scrapped after many delays, Kim Kardashian-West announced that the “Jesus is King” album would drop in September of 2019. Although it was an unofficial release date, fans were disappointed when the album was delayed once again, to then be released on October 25.

 At midnight, many fans were waiting for the album to drop. Then they waited some more. And some more. Finally, at noon on October 25, the album was released on streaming platforms. 

The album was more than worth the wait. Although it is influenced heavily by gospel music, it still has the creative hip-hop elements that makes Kanye West who he is. In this album, he is not afraid to show his audience his beliefs, and the entire album is based on his Christian faith.

The opening song “Every Hour” features no vocals from Kanye West himself, and instead features the choir from Kanye’s Sunday Service. Although it is not the most traditional intro to a rap album, it provides a theme for the rest of the album to follow.

The second song is one of the most hype songs on the album. “Selah” is a hebrew word that means “to look back and reflect upon.” The first verse features many biblical references, especially to the book of John, chapter eight, verses 33 and 36. There is also a reference to the great flood and Noah’s Ark. The Sunday Service Choir is again featured in this song, singing “Hallelujah” over and over as the chorus. The beat in the song slowly builds from just organs to adding heavy pounding drums, which makes the song much more intense. This is one of the best songs on the album and provides a very strong start to the album.

The fifth song “On God” provides an uplifting mood, and is less gospel influenced than the rest of the album. Kanye fans who are looking for songs on the album that are strictly rap would enjoy this song. It still has Christian themes throughout the lyrics, but the Pierre Bourne produced beat is a perfectly placed break from the rest of the gospel themed beats in the rest of the album. As one of the standout songs on the album, it resembles something Kanye would have dropped on his albums “Yeezus” or “Graduation”, and fans hoping he would return to this era would certainly love this song.

The next song, “Everything We Need” features vocals from Ty Dolla $ign and Ant Clemons. The chorus, sung by Clemons, has harmonies from Dolla $ign and goes perfectly with the song. These two provide background vocals throughout the song that really compliment Kanye’s verses. The Ronny J produced beat is very minimal and gives a lot of emphasis to the vocals, yet it is still a highlight on the song. Although this track switches to a more mellow feeling in the album, it is definitely one of the most beautiful songs on the project.

The ninth song in the album “Hands On” is almost like a story of Kanye’s spiritual journey. In one of the most memorable verses from the album, Ye says “Told the devil that I’m going on a strike, I’ve been working for you my whole life.” This shows that Kanye is trying to change his ways and become a better person. The song also discusses Kanye’s struggle with showing that he has changed, and he claims that Christians judge him because of his past. The song features perfectly placed background vocals from gospel singer Fred Hammond. This song is one of the deeper ones on the album, and provides a great insight into Kanye’s mindset.

“Use This Gospel”, the tenth song in the album, is one of Kanye’s best. It goes from a soft humming melody and chorus to two very good guest verses from rappers Pusha T and No Malice. Pusha has easily one of the best verses on the album, and although it is pretty short, provides a great amount of energy to the song. No Malice also compliments Pusha’s verse well, and Kanye is no slouch in the vocals of the chorus. Saxophonist Kenny G provides an outro to this song, which perfectly rounds out the track.

“Jesus is King” is like no other album, and Kanye shows that he can change his entire persona with every single album he drops. This album is reminiscent of “Yeezus”, and not because of the sound, but because of the impact it will carry throughout the following years in rap albums. This album is one of the best of the year, and Kanye proves that despite changing his sound so much, he can still be considered one of the greatest artists today.