Kanye West brought around that Christmas cheer with the perfect gift: a new album! Back in October, he promised to drop a new album on Christmas Eve, and it looks like he’s a man of his word.
‘Jesus Is Born’ is his latest collaboration with his Sunday Service collective. This one’s got 19 tracks, made up of all the work he’s been putting in with his choir, during the semi-regular weekend sermons he’s been hosting and producing since January 2019.
Jesus Is Born is West’s second gospel album, after ‘Jesus Is King’. Due to his sudden shift to gospel music, many were apprehensive about his first album. But, unsurprisingly, it still managed to claim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard charts, following its debut on October 25th. This clearly proves that there’s no dearth of talent when it comes to Kanye. With ‘Jesus Is King’, West tied the record previously held by Eminem for the most consecutive No. 1 albums.
And yet, unlike his first album, ‘Jesus is Born’ is a more traditional approach to gospel music, while its predecessor brought in elements of hip hop and electronic music, not straying too far from the type of sound Kanye’s worked with in some of his older tracks like ‘Love Lockdown’ and ‘Heartless’. So, perhaps, now comes the true test with his second album.
But ultimately, music is music, and it’s always interesting to see artists experiment with new genres!