Is Jesus or Kanye king?

I know it’s rare, but I’m not a Kanye West fan. I thought the praise he got was a bit much and so I never bothered listening to him. I mean, I’d occasionally bust down to “American Boy,” but doesn’t everyone? However, I decided to give West a chance by listening to one of his albums for the first time, “Jesus is King.” I’m still not a fan. After digging around through this album, I became sus. Something just didn’t sit right with me, and it’s because I’m a life-long Christian. 

“Jesus is King,” seems more like a praise to Kanye, rather than praise to God, and a way to regain the trust of the Black community. Before you Yeezy fans get your pitchforks, hear me out. 

In an interview with Zane Lowe, Kanye expressed his new found faith in God by saying, “Now that I’m in service to Christ, my job is to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me.” My question to West is, would you still have that same faith if you didn’t have the “Power” and riches? Take a look at Televangelists, an (usually self-proclaimed) evangelist preacher that goes on television to preach and usually ask for funds. They’re rich and using God for power. West is no different from them. He holds church services that are exclusive, don’t have any sermons, and either play his music or play Christianized versions of secular music. Jesus wasn’t partying with the rich. He wasn’t profiting off of being the savior, like West’s profiting off of his new-found faith in God, just like these preachers do. I’m worried the way people blindly follow these preachers is how they’ll follow West. I’m worried their belief in God will be based on the words of West, rather than true faith in God. 

I’d believe West, but the man has called himself “Yeezus,” and  according to Pitchfork, he still refers to himself as “the greatest artist restin’ or alive.” That’s a bit egotistical, which doesn’t exactly follow the preachings of Christianity. 

But, let’s say his new-found faith is genuine, the use of the black church as a vessel for this message is strange. 

West’s relationship with the black community shattered due to his devotion to Donald Trump and his “Slavery was a choice,” comment made at the TMZ headquarters; however, he still profits off the culture through his use of black gospel churches and services. According to an article by the Washington Post, West is taking advantage of the fact that the black church will forgive anyone and he can use their forgiveness until he no longer needs it. He’s making black churches trendy and forgetting the true importance of them being a mecca for hope and inclusion. 

Sonically, “Jesus is King,” is phenomenal and almost made me a fan, but if West’s faith was genuine, it wouldn’t have been as public. He would’ve truly changed his actions, he would’ve apologized, reflected, done acts of service, but that hasn’t happened yet. But only time will tell.