The Record Scratch: Kanye Discovers Sense of Self
November 1, 2019
With a brand new, undeniable brilliance, Kanye West sings words of praise in his ninth album, “Jesus Is King”. Despite criticism from many, West continues to be unapologetically himself in releasing this album.
“Jesus Is King” begins as triumphantly as the holy entity himself, heavenly and triumphantly. We are immediately taken aback by glorious chorus chanting “Sing till the power of the Lord comes down,” in the opening track, “Every Hour” featuring the Sunday Service Choir. This song gave me immediate chills on my first listen and has stuck with me ever since. After hearing the angelic voices, I was ecstatic to hear what came next.
“Every Hour” was followed by “Selah” (an exclamation of praise) and “Follow God”, these drum-heavy tracks did not disappoint. Not only am I in love with the grunge in these songs, but also the passion that can be heard rom a mile away. Kanye is truly finding a new sense of self in this album and showed a vulnerable side many other artists are afraid to show.
The only negative I have with this album is the track “Closed On Sunday” where West relates Jesus to Chick Fil A. Not that this track is horrible, but compared to the artistry of the other songs, it is out of place.
As a Christian myself, West’s transformation in sound was suprising and inspiring to me. Despite the hypocrytical nature of many who judge him for his change in sound, he continues to be himself like he always has. “Jesus is King” is more than just another “Christian” album to play on the way to Bible study, but a gut-wrenching plea to get his listners to follow Jesus.