After much anticipation and a series of delays, Kanye West’s long-awaited ninth solo album Jesus Is King is finally here. The gospel-rap project, which follows last summer’s ye, was first announced by Kim Kardashian in August.
The 11 expletive-free tracks are rooted in Kanye’s Christian faith, and include religious-themed titles such as “Selah,” “Follow God,” and “Jesus Is Lord.” The father of four promotes family values while name-checking Chick-fil-A on the Timbaland-produced “Closed on Sunday,” and reunites Clipse brothers Pusha-T and No Malice on the Kenny G-assisted “Use the Gospel.” Ty Dolla $ign and Ant Clemons lend vocals to “Water,” which Kanye debuted at Coachella in April, while other contributors include Pi’erre Bourne, Fred Hammond, Benny Blanco, Francis Starlite, and the Sunday Service Choir.
Along with the album, his film of the same name arrives in IMAX theaters worldwide today. Shot over the summer, Jesus Is King brings Kanye’s famed Sunday Service to life in the Roden Crater, James Turrell’s installation in Arizona’s Painted Desert.
In advance of the album’s release, Kanye hosted Sunday Service sessions in Chicago, Wyoming, Atlanta, Detroit, New York, and Jamaica. On Wednesday night, he celebrated with a free event at The Forum in Los Angeles, where he played the album in its entirety and screened the film.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, the 42-year-old rapper opened up about his spiritual journey. “This is such a win for the kingdom, for Kanye to come back home, going from ‘Jesus Walks’ to ‘I Love It,'” he said. “I had to just give it all up to God.”
He has already announced the follow-up, Jesus Is Born, which is set for release on Christmas Day.
Stream Jesus Is King below.