Jesus is King Review- I Miss the Old Kanye

Kanye West in the Netherlands on his “Watch The Throne” tour with Jay-Z.


Kanye West in the Netherlands on his “Watch The Throne” tour with Jay-Z.

Finally, 12 hours after its scheduled 12 a.m release on Friday, October 25, Kanye West dropped his ninth studio album, Jesus is King– a Christian rap album following Kanye’s apparent “spiritual awakening.” After being slated to release on September 27, a series of delays pushed the album four weeks back. The Chicago rapper also released a documentary along with the album, also titled “Jesus is King”. After all of the hype and missed release dates, the general consensus seemed to be that the album was very disappointing, cementing that the old Kanye is gone. Here is my track by track breakdown of Jesus is King:

  • Every Hour (feat. Sunday Service Choir)

The opening track for the album is a very loud, repetitive, recording from one of Kanye’s Sunday services. 

Score: 1/10

  • Selah

The second track features Kanye alternating between rapping and shouting out bible verses. The song also features a chorus in which Kanye’s Sunday Service choir sings “hallelujah” 41 times in a row. 

Score: 1/10

  • Follow God

The next song gives nostalgia of the old Kanye. “Follow God” features a sample of Whole Truth’s “Can You Lose by Following God.” Ye goes back into his old flow in this short 1:45 minute song.

Score: 7/10

  • Closed on Sunday

Sticking to the gospel theme, Ye raps about the sabbath on the fourth track. The cringey line that went viral “Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A/You’re my number one, with the lemonade” also comes from this song.

Score 2/10

  • On God

Co-produced by Mike Dean and Pi’erre Bourne, the fifth track is the most “old Kanye” song on the album other than “Follow God.” The Mike Dean-esque beat overshadows the dull lyrics, making the song better than it really is.

Score: 7/10

  • Everything We Need

After teaming up with Kanye on his Ye album last year, Ty Dolla $ign rejoined the Chicago rapper on “Everything We Need.” Once again this song seems dull and repetitive.

Score: 5/10

  • Water

Despite being one of the longer songs on the album, “Water” is just straight up garbage. 

Score: 1/10

  • God Is

This soulful song features a single verse and no chorus. Not bad, but not great.

Score: 4/10

  • Hands On

“Hands” is one of the more “spiritual” songs on the album. Ye raps about God being “hands on” in his life. It’s a little slow and dragged out.

Score: 2/10

  • Use This Gospel

Gone viral for its Kenny G saxophone solo, “Use This Gospel” is another mediocre track carried by its instrumentals. 

  Score 4/10

  • Jesus is Lord

This 49 seconds outro song is an “ode to the Christian messiah.” 

Score: 0/10

  • Takeaways:

Although it was assumed based on his recent actions that the album would not be what everyone hoped for, it was even worse than most thought it would be. There are no great songs and while it’s not Ye’s worst work, it is really bad and right there with his worst projects.

Overall Album Score: 2/10