FILE – Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Rapper Kanye West speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House with President Donald Trump, in Washington. It’s one of President Donald Trump’s favorite talking points in touting his administration’s success: The record low rate of black unemployment. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
Kanye West’s new path as a Christian artist has produced one of the most talked-about albums of the decade, “Jesus Is King.” With it will come all the press and commentary you’d expect from the media, but even more fun is the commentary you’d expect from Kanye himself.
During an interview with Beats 1, Kanye and interviewer Zane Lowe got on the subject of Kanye’s stint as a political activist who donned a red MAGA hat and hung out with President Donald Trump, the number one enemy of anyone calling themselves a die-hard leftist.
This apparently entertained Kanye to no end and he told Lowe that it also showed everyone that “God is hilarious,” and explained why in the most Kanye way possible:
God has got a sense of humor. … Liberals love art, right? And now, I am unquestionably, undoubtedly the greatest human artist of all time. It’s just not even a question anymore at this point. It’s just a fact, right? So, for the greatest artist in human existence to put a red hat on was God’s practical joke on all liberals like, “Nooo, not Kanye!”
Kanye went on to talk about how we’ve been herded into an idea of “blue or red” from the very beginning thanks to everything from the cartoons we saw when we were kids to the cereal boxes we saw on the shelves. He said that distance creates anxiety and separates us even more.
As a guy on the right, I can tell you that watching the left lose it over Kanye’s sudden lean to the right was fun. His album dedicated to God isn’t the icing on the cake, however. It’s the cake.
I really do hope that this Kanye sticks around. I wish I could tell you I have faith that it will, but Hollywood does weird things to people, and Kanye is a weird person. It could be that this is a long-game marketing stunt and now that Jesus Is King is out, it could be Kanye’s newfound obsession with the gospel will suddenly disappear. It’s happened before.
Author Anne Rice, famous for the Vampire Chronicles and Interview with the Vampire, also became a devout Christian one day. She wrote a series of books telling the story from the perspective of Jesus. These books were very good, and it was uplifting to see one of my favorite authors I read as a teen joining the ranks of the faithful.
Then once her books were done, she officially left Christianity. It was a massive letdown, to say the least, and what’s more, I felt cheated and lied to.
Judging by all the time and effort Kanye has put into worshiping God, creating a church, and more, my hope is that he’s legitimately found a different path to go down than the one Hollywood typically serves people. Hopefully, this isn’t a marketing stunt. Hopefully, Kanye actually leads people down a path that actually has meaning behind it.
Time will tell.