Causing quite a stir on the Twitters with unmet deadlines and broken promises, the world wasn’t exactly surprised when the album missed its original deadline.
“This album has been made to be an expression of the gospel and to share the gospel and the truth of what Jesus has done to me,” Kanye West told a Manhattan crowd late last month, after his first promised release date came and went. (To prevent leaks, fans’ phones were secured in locked pouches.) “When I think of the goodness of Jesus and all that he does for me, my soul cries out.”
One fan who caught a live show took to Reddit soon after to report on how Kanye thought he was “lost” and will no longer be making “secular music”, writing:
“Before the last song was played, Kanye shared some thoughts about how he was lost earlier this decade (calling himself Yeezus and calling The Life of Pablo a gospel album) and how the mental illness he had taken him to the hospital. Called out some over-eager people in the crowd who were randomly yelling, because he was trying to share his testimony. North interrupted to tell him that “shut up” is a bad word. Overall, got the sense that he’s at peace now with his mission to spread faith in Jesus and God.”
Thursday, Apple’s Beats 1 online radio station broadcast a two-hour interview with Zane Lowe, in which the artist proclaimed himself to be “unquestionably, undoubtedly, the greatest human artist of all time.” He also labelled his dispute with Drake as “painful,” and barely talked about the new album we’ve been waiting for for quite some time, Jesus Is King.
“JESUS IS KING”
— ye (@kanyewest) October 24, 2019
Kanye West then tweeted that the album was coming at midnight, only to miss that deadline, too. (He was fixing some songs, apparently)
Around noon on Friday, American time, Jesus Is King, his ninth LP, finally appeared on streaming services, and fan reactions have been rolling in.
Atheists and Christians listening to Kanye’s album togetherpic.twitter.com/uu6OtFN4fR
— HJY (@HoodJesusYo) October 26, 2019
Just got the new Kanye album pic.twitter.com/xstjXxNtGc
— Brad Taylor (@bradtaylorbass) October 25, 2019
just listened to kanye’s new album pic.twitter.com/apUytplgX1
— norman fucking rockwell (@scotty_13_) October 25, 2019
You can listen to the album in full below