Kanye West's new album made me a fan

By Leanne Vastbinder, Opinions and Online Editor

A year ago, if someone would have told me that i’d have Kanye West music on my worship playlist on Spotify, I’d have said they were crazy. Up until now, I’ve stayed far away from his music because of the excessive profanity and secular messages within his songs. In addition, Kanye himself just kinda seemed like a prideful jerk.

A couple of months ago, I saw on the news that Kanye became a Christian and initially I was pretty skeptical.

I thought it might just be a fad that he wanted to try and I didn’t really think much of it. On Oct. 25, however, Kanye released his new album, “Jesus Is King” and I never thought I would say this, but it slaps.

A couple of the songs, like “Closed on Sunday” and “God Is,” are some of my favorites.

“Even if I take this walk alone

I bow down to the King upon the throne

My life is His, I’m no longer my own.” (“Closed on Sunday”)

“And I know, I know God is the force that picked me up

I know Christ is the fountain that filled my cup.” (“God Is”)

These lyrics connect with me because they remind me of my own faith journey and relationship with Christ. They also remind me of how amazing and powerful God is. Kanye’s lyrics express the beautiful gift that is The Gospel, and it’s pretty awesome to hear these truths come from someone who used to call himself a god.

So, is Kanye a true Christian? Will he produce more worship music albums? While I cant judge people’s hearts I can certainly say that “Jesus is King” is a solid album of praise music that I’ll keep listening to. The lyrics are solid, the music is uplifting, and Kanye himself seems to have made a complete 180 in the right direction.

If Kanye keeps making music like this, I’ll definitely keep listening to it.

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