“Jesus is King” takes the crown


Max Moffor, Contributor

Kanye West’s newest album “Jesus Is King” is a generational gem that we all needed.  Kanye’s diverse music display and unique producing style makes him one of the most diverse artists on the planet.

Kanye West has taken his share of time away from music to develop himself, to get in touch with God, and to take care of his family.  However, this has not been the first time he has mentioned God or brought him up in his music. Previous projects like “The Life of Pablo” have been considered gospel rap but with copious amounts of profane language it.  Also on project “Jesus Walks” released over a decade ago, Kanye voices, “God, show me the way because the Devil’s tryin’ to break me down” to show his connection with religion hasn’t come to an end.  For Pete’s sake, he urged people to refer to himself as “Yeezus”.

Though the album might not be suitable for everyone, even naysayers of Kanye’s latest project must admire his talent and bob their head to the genius of his self produced beats. Kanye might have made this album somewhat inclusively, but was still able to break down the eleven songs into four different categories: Gospel, Gospel Rap, OG/”Chop up the Soul” Gospel, and RnB Gospel.

 For the listeners who struggle to veer away from Kanye’s traditional rap but still want to indulge in Kanye’s work, the songs “Closed on Sunday” and “Follow God” fall into the “OG/Chop up the Soul” genre where Kanye shows flashes of his previous work while maintaining the Gospel ideology.

In addition to a traditional Kanye flow, songs “Selah”, “Hands On” and “On God” lie in the Gospel Rap category. They follow the structure of a common rap song with strong beats and steady flows, but intertwined with lyrics relating to bible verses and references to today’s pop culture, making them optimal fan favorites. 

When it comes to Kanye’s soft side, the tracks “Everything We Need (feat. Ty Dollar $ign & Ant Clemons)” , “Water” and “Use This Gospel (feat. Clipse & Kenny G)” all touch the heart with soft melodies and steady beats. The tracks feature Kenny G– a jazz icon– and Ty Dollar $ign– a respected RnB artist in the music industry to put the cherry on top.

With a gospel album there are bound to be purely gospel songs. For those who indulge in them, songs like “Every Hour ( feat. Sunday Service Choir)”, “God Is” and “Jesus Is Lord” exhibit Kanye’s pure commitment to a Gospel album.  In the songs, he includes the Sunday Service Choir, mostly strings and piano based chords, and singing by Kanye himself. He makes these records hard to dislike.

In the end, whether or not you believe in a god, higher being or religion, Kanye provides us with an environment with a little bit of everything for everyone. You don’t have to like Kanye West, but you must respect his efforts to reach into a genre knowing how it affects his fan-base and his image. If you haven’t taken the half hour out of your day to listen to a piece of Kanye’s legacy, you are missing out to say the very least.