For those of us who have been paying attention to the media, we’ve noticed that rapper, Kanye West is inviting a new type of Sunday Service that serves us sounds, vibes, and an introduction to a new culture of “church”. For the past few months the composer has been traveling across the country and delivering Sunday Services to large audiences. More recently Ye decided to do a “pop-up” service in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia. The service wasn’t announced until the Friday of, but word got out quickly and the service at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church brought a mass of celebrities, and citizens alike. Lines were formed outside the church doors hours before the service began.
The “Sunday Service” led by Senior Pastor Jamal H. Bryant, provided a twist on Church culture with Kanye’s R&B favorites being used as remixes for gospel songs. Ye turned Ginuwine’s “So Anxious” into a gospel song, and later performed his version of “Father Stretch My Hands”, and “How Excellent”. West also took the time to speak to the crowd by telling them his own story about how becoming closer to God, brought him closer to his family. Fans are quoted saying that they were surprised at how personal Kanye got with the service. They’d only expected to hear music, but instead were able to gain valuable messages.
However, messages weren’t the only thing audience members gained! They were able to spot and speak with many other successful artists such as; T.I and Tiny Harris, 2 Chainz, Chris Tucker, and Nelly. This provided great networking opportunities for upcoming artists in the crowd as it was also the same weekend of the Revolt Summit.
In previous interviews wife, Kim Kardashian was asked about the “Sunday Services” and why Kanye had decided to do them. The reality-star states; “Kanye started this, I think, just to heal himself and it was a really personal thing … and it was just friends and family,” she goes on to say “And he has had an amazing evolution of being born again and being saved by Christ.” “It is a Christian service, like a musical ministry; they talk about Jesus and God.”