From Jesus Walks to Jesus is King... -_-
After renaming, delaying and teasing us with it, Kanye West has finally dropped his 9th album "Jesus Is King" under his label GOOD Music and Def Jam Recordings on October 25th, 2019. Apparently, Kanye West has finally found his touch and a good relationship with Jesus and he wants to share his experience with his fans. With the featured help of The Sunday Service Choir, Ty Dolla $ign, No Malice and Pusha T from The Clipse, Kenny G, Ant Clemons, and Fred Hammond, let's see if Kanye's Christianity experience is some good gospel music.
The album starts with the introduction "Every Hour" featuring The Sunday Service Choir, where the choir is some singing people who gathered together during the whole process and experience of the recording of Kanye's album. The introduction makes it seems like we've just entered a church and that we're about to hear from Mr. West. "Selah" is a song that has a good background instrumental but I have to question the mixing of the song especially Kanye's vocals because the beat feels empty. "Follow God" is the type of Kanye we like to hear rapping. His flow + his way of rapping + the instrumental = the real Kanye West. The only negative thing about this track is how the sample was used, it's a good sample don't get me wrong but it wasn't well used or mixed for the beat itself. The song "Closed on Sunday" is a slow tempo beat where Kanye raps about that everybody needs to get together on Sundays and put away any distraction because Sunday is a holy day of rest for Christians to the Lord. In this song, Kanye sounds like a man who was lost and has now found Jesus and is trying to make his family join him on his new path. The song for me was boring and it's disappointing for a Timbaland beat. The following song is called "On God". Even though it has some biblical lyrics, it sounds more like a club beat than a gospel song. Then we have the song "Everything We Need" featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Ant Clemons. Apparently, this song was supposed to be called "The Storm" with Ty Dolla $ign and XXXTentacion which was leaked for Kanye's "Yandhi" album that was scrapped.
Halfway through the album, it doesn't quite sound like a gospel album so far but we still have 5 more songs to go. We have the song "Water" featuring Ant Clemons and it's followed by "God Is". The song "God Is" sounds more like a gospel song than most of the songs from the album so far. This is where Kanye sings about feeling sane and saved now that he has found Jesus. He praises the Lord and he wants the best for his wife and his kids so they can feel blessed. Just like some other songs, the mixing of this one is really weird because the beat and the effects seem to be all over the place. Then we have the song "Hands On" featuring Fred Hammond where Kanye raps about he is done working for the devil and he now leaves everything in God's On. He also raps about people who might have judging when he announced he'll be doing a gospel album, but he replied that this is his mission and he'll do it regardless. The following song is called "Use This Gospel" featuring The Clipse and brothers Pusha T and No Malice and the legendary saxophone player, Kenny G. This song has, no is the best song from the album hands down. The track is good with the effect of an open car door throughout the song. It makes it seems that Kanye was driving around with The Clipse, had a great idea and forgot to close the door. But the cherry on the sundae was Kenny G's surprised solo towards the end of the song, it was in the words of Barney Stinson, L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y, and the song ends with a nice instrumental. The album finishes with the outro called "Jesus Is Lord".
With the album being 27 minutes long, for me, it did not sound like a gospel album and the mixing of "Jesus Is King" was mediocre and disappointing. Kanye even delayed the album several times because the mixing wasn't done. I only like 2 or 3 songs out of 11 and that says a lot. I don't want to make the Kanyemaniacs or Kanye's disciples mad, but this album is not a solid one. You be the judge if it's better than Yeezus or The Life of Pablo because I haven't listened to those albums and Ye was just ok.