When Kanye West hosts an event, the pure unpredictability and uniqueness it will bring out the masses for a truly one--a-kind experience. Following Sunday Service at the Greater Allen Cathedral in Queens (pictured above), West and company headed to Washington Heights on Sunday night to host the final listening his Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience mini-tour at the archaic United Palace Theatre.
Unfortunately, despite Kim Kardashian’s promise, Sunday came and went without the release Jesus Is King, which has West’s fans in a state panic. Kanye also didn’t provide any insight to a possible release date during the Experience, but did run through the brisk 10-track less than half-hour project for the 1,000 some odd fans packed under the Palace’s golden ceilings and sacred watchful eye.
“New York City is definitely one my hometowns,” he told the crowd. “I wasn’t fully saved during Coachella. I came to know the truth and joy Jesus. This album is an expression the gospel.” West moved right into fulfilling album opener “Beauty From Ashes,” where he seems to shed his ego. “I come to you empty, free my pride,” he pleads.
Track 2, “Follow God,” features some West’s most passionate rapping on the entire album. To fully bring the word the gospel to NYC, Kanye instructed fans to fill the aisles and stand up, which temporarily created a more raucous environment, as a riled up mosh pit fans joined him on stage, but were quickly told to move back once West was notified that the stage might collapse. Daughter North and son Saint kept the party going by dancing on stage for much the night, as Kim Kardashian filmed them from f to the side.
The electronic “On God” immediately jumped out as a standout cut from West’s latest body work. Kanye chimed in that he actually crafted the track with emerging rapper-producer Pi’erre Bourne, as Yeezy confidently boasts that he’s “the greatest artist resting or alive” on the opening verse. Sadly, Young Thug isn’t heard on the record, as previously rumored. At this point, the album’s artwork was debuted on the projection screen. Jesus Is King’s cover art depicts a biblical happening that goes along with the themes the Sunday Service merchandise debuted this weekend.