What Is It About Kanye?

Liam Carr, Staff Reporter

To say that Kanye West’s life is full of controversy is an understatement. If you don’t know who Kanye West is, he is a song producer, artist, fashion designer, filmmaker, and businessman. He also has a huge uncontrollable temper and a lot of money. In multiple awards shows West has stormed the stage in protest, often stealing the microphone and claiming who he thinks the winner should be.

In 2005, Kanye West supported an effort to help fund for the Hurricane Katrina victims. At the end of the nationally broadcasted event West commented, “(President) George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” West has had many remarks about President Obama and President Trump over the years that have received heavy criticism. In 2018 West had an interview where he commented that “slavery sounds more like a choice.”

At the start of 2019, Kanye West began hosting church services. Weeks later West announced he is a born again Christian. In his amateur days, West had songs where he would speak about God and his struggles with Him. West continued to talk about his faith and then in October of 2019 he released his long-awaited album “Jesus is King.” This was met with a lot of criticism. Critics argue that people do not need someone to tell them how to act or think, and the other sees “Jesus is King” as a great spiritually helping song. Jesus Is King is the only album to ever be on Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Top Rap Albums, Top Christian Albums, and Top Gospel Albums simultaneously.

“I honestly think its great seeing someone with as big of an influence as Kanye West to not only start accepting Christianity but speak up and share it with others,” Cade Carpenter said.

Although I think that it is good that Kanye says he is Christian and he is practicing Christian values I think he still has a long way to go. In 2013 Kanye related his album called “Yeezus.” The album’s name is a mix of his nickname Ye and the name of Jesus. Also on that same album, he had a song titled “I Am a God”. In a few of Kanye’s songs, in between rapping about women, drugs, and money, he fits in a few lyrics about him struggling with God and Christianity.

“Kanye’s album (Jesus is King) is not that bad, but I would not listen to it over other music,” Zach Gage said.

Recently Kanye held a Sunday Service with megachurch pastor Joel Osteen. During the service, Kanye said, “Now the greatest artist God has ever created is working for him.” Kanye is still carrying his ego with him. Reports have come out recently that Kanye West and Joel Osteen are going on tour together in 2020. Kanye fits in with the category of current loosely-grounded megachurch pastors. Their message is about doing what makes you feel good and everything is going to be okay. Kanye does not seem to sleep, as he has put on two operas, which have mixed reviews. Also, there are rumors that Kanye will release an album on Christmas.

“I just think he’s just okay. I mean, I’ve never really liked him or his music,” Caden Suess said.

Personally, I think that what Kanye has done is extraordinary. In today’s secular celebrity driven world, I think it is very brave, that Kanye has decided to embrace his faith, and leave his old life behind. God works through broken people and Kanye fits that description. So, although it is great to see Kanye a Christian, I do not think he has it all together yet.