Last week, Kanye West fans across the globe were saddened as their expectations for the forthcoming Jesus Is King album were met with a delay.
However, although the project did not arrive on its expected release date, the veteran rapper was still busy in the streets of Detroit, Chicago and New York this past weekend, giving fans an irreplaceable Jesus Is King experience, while also making some pivotal announcements along the way.
Here’s everything that went down with Kanye last weekend.
Kanye Introduces Jesus Is King Experience in Detroit
Last Friday (Sept. 27), Detroit was the first of the three lucky cities to receive Kanye's Sunday Service festivities. Hours after his Sunday Service performance, West swiftly announced his Jesus Is King Experience. The listening for his ninth studio album took place at the city's Fox Theatre, where a crowd of 1,000 made their way inside the venue. There, West took control from a VIP box in the theater's mezzanine to unveil his 10-track, 35-minute album.
Later that night, his wife, Kim Kardashian revealed that he would drop Jesus Is King that Sunday after his Chicago and New York listening events.
Joining Chance The Rapper In Chicago on The Big Tour
Before heading to New York for his album-related appearances, Kanye made a very important stop: the Chi. The Chicago native made sure to show much love at Chance The Rapper’s Chicago show on Saturday (Sept. 28) at the United Center, which featured opening acts Lil Yachty and Taylor Bennett. Chano recently kicked off his The Big Tour for his latest album, The Big Day, and with Kanye on stage with him, the United Center has never been louder and prouder.
Earlier in September, Chance also paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he spoke on witnessing first-hand Kanye’s genuine surge in spirituality. Kimmel led into the topic by asking if Chance still considers Kanye a “spiritual advisor.”
“Kanye is so devoted right now. He’s very well-versed in the Bible at this point. He’s reading a lot,” answered Chance. “The way that he talks to me now, it seems like he’s had them [Bible verses] memorized for years. To my knowledge, a lot of that stuff he learned very recently. He’s talking about what I believe in, which is that Jesus is king.”
— Arturo Zurita (@TheAtZShow) September 29, 2019
I covered sports for seven years at the United Center. Saw the Blackhawks clinch Stanley Cup here in 2015. The loudest I’ve ever heard this place — just now when @kanyewest came on stage at @chancetherapper concert.
— Sam Panayotovich (@spshoot) September 29, 2019
Sunday Service in Jamaica, Queens
Over the last few months, ‘Ye has garnered attention with his Sunday service sessions at various locations across the country, including a session at Coachella, Atlanta, his home city of Chicago, and now NYC. Hundreds of attendees, both churchgoers and Kanye fans, gathered at the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral on Sunday, a historically Black church located in Queens, to join Kanye at his latest offering.
Album Listening Event in New York’s Washington Heights
After word got out that Kanye would be hosting a listening event later on that evening, the NYC streets immediately began buzzing with anticipation, any details of the event spreading like wildfire amongst fans and industry officials alike. Free tickets for the event went on sale promptly at 5:00 p.m. EST on Ticketmaster, and as expected, were snatched up almost instantly.
The listening event was held at The United Palace in Washington Heights, and was set to begin at 8:30 PM. After attendees made it through the line — which stretched four long blocks — and heavy security, fans filed into the grand, red velvet-lined venue and the evening began with a screening of an architecture-focused documentary and then onto the actual album. Although fans were strictly instructed to lock away their phones in Yondr pouches to ensure a phoneless experience, a select few were able to capture some moments from the inside anyway.
— Alus (@AlusOfficial) September 30, 2019
He’s Reportedly Only Making Gospel Music From Now On
Andrew Barber, owner of FakeShoreDrive, tweeted out some news about the future of Kanye’s music career, and where exactly he plans to take it. "Kanye West also announced that he is no longer making secular music," Barber tweeted early Sunday. "Only Gospel from here on out."
The new album reportedly includes no curse words and is strictly a gospel album, which would strengthen the notion of Kanye’s new direction with his music and lifestyle.
Kanye also announced that he is no longer making secular music. Only Gospel from here on out.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) September 29, 2019
Jesus Is King is Hitting Theaters This Month
To top off a whirlwind of a week for Kanye, IMAX also announced its exciting collaboration with the rapper on Saturday (Sept 28). The collab will feature an exclusive film, titled Jesus Is King, and will hit theaters around the world on Oct 25.
“Filmed in the summer of 2019, Jesus Is King brings Kanye West’s famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater, visionary artist James Turrell’s never-before-seen installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert," IMAX said in a statement. "This one-of-a-kind experience features songs arranged by West in the gospel tradition along with music from his new album Jesus Is King — all presented in the immersive sound and stunning clarity of Imax."
The film will include songs arranged by Kanye, assumingly from the album of the same name. There are only minimal details about the film so far, but an official poster was released along with the announcement.