The Christian hip-hop artist offers his thoughts on West’s recently-released ninth album.
Lecrae has spoken on Kanye West‘s new album Jesus is King. West’s ninth album, the project is centered around the artist’s faith and religion. Although West has always spoke of his faith in his music, his recent displays have been viewed with skepticism from critics who believe he’s doing it to redeem himself in the public eye after having a controversial 2018.
But West has a fan in Lecrae who discussed his thoughts on Jesus is King with Billboard.
“Kanye is such a polarizing figure and his movements create ripple effects in culture, particularly music,” he said. “Traditionally gospel is seen as singing. Those of us Christians who rap were removed from the gospel charts on that technicality. His deeper impact is perhaps on the Christian rap community. There is a lot more intersectionality there.”
Elsewhere, Lecrae also said that even though Jesus is King isn’t his “favorite Kanye album in terms of musicality,” it’s his “favorite Kanye album in terms of content.”
“There are many reasons outside of the music that people have for not liking the album,” he said. “Then of course there is a Kanye fan who wants to hear subject matter they can relate to. When a person trades misogyny, and self-glorification, for talking about Jesus on every track, that will guarantee scrutiny and disappointment. Lastly, people will have their subjective opinion on the music, and they are entitled to it. “It sounds like a person who is excited about his new relationship with Jesus. I’m in support of that.”
Too bad N.O.R.E. doesn’t feel the same. The rapper and Drink Champs host recently called the album “trash.”