“Jesus is King” movie and album release

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“Jesus is King” movie and album release

The film was a visual experience unlike any other. Shot on a circular lens, viewers witnessed breathtaking scenes from West’s “Sunday Services” in which his gospel choir sang tracks from his new album as well as a few hits including “Ultralight Beam” and “Street Lights.”

The film was a visual experience unlike any other. Shot on a circular lens, viewers witnessed breathtaking scenes from West’s “Sunday Services” in which his gospel choir sang tracks from his new album as well as a few hits including “Ultralight Beam” and “Street Lights.”

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The film was a visual experience unlike any other. Shot on a circular lens, viewers witnessed breathtaking scenes from West’s “Sunday Services” in which his gospel choir sang tracks from his new album as well as a few hits including “Ultralight Beam” and “Street Lights.”

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The film was a visual experience unlike any other. Shot on a circular lens, viewers witnessed breathtaking scenes from West’s “Sunday Services” in which his gospel choir sang tracks from his new album as well as a few hits including “Ultralight Beam” and “Street Lights.”

Oct. 24, Kanye West offered showings across the country of his short movie “Jesus is King,” based on his album that was released the next day around noon. Only 35 minutes in length and accompanied by no advertisements, the film was a visual experience unlike any other. Shot on a circular lens, viewers witnessed breathtaking scenes from West’s “Sunday Services” in which his gospel choir sang tracks from his new album as well as a few hits including “Ultralight Beam” and “Street Lights.”

The following afternoon, West released his long-awaited ninth studio album under the same name, “Jesus is King.” The album is eight songs in length and features religious themes in every song, with tracks titled “Follow God,” “Use this Gospel,” and “Jesus is Lord.” Although the album is very different from his past music that relied heavily on hip hop beats and rap, “Jesus is King” has been received with love and support from Kanye fans and music lovers alike, receiving a score of 7.2 on trusted music website Pitchfork.

West’s “Jesus is King” symbolizes a new chapter in his life, one guided by Christianity and Jesus over partying and women as alluded to in his past albums. He preached throughout the album about the importance of God in his life, as seen in track eight titled “God Is,” rapping: “Worship Christ with the best of your portions/I know I won’t forget all He’s done/He’s the strength in this race that I run.” Throughout his quest of enlightenment, West has changed his signature sound and altered his image in our society. Whether you’re here for it or not, one thing is undeniable: Kanye West’s influence in rap culture is everlasting.