On Wax: Kanye West Goes Gospel with ‘Jesus Is King,’ Gucci Mane and Charlamagne, & ‘Down Bad’ Visuals
KANYE REDEFINES HIMSELF WITH JESUS IS KING
Mr. West’s ninth studio album has arrived! What a rocky road these last couple of years have been for Kanye West—from public meltdowns, to an ocean of backlash for coming forward in support of Donald Trump as President. In every circumstance, people have kept a glimmer of hope in their eye (occasionally secret) in support of the artist. With Kanye finding himself, he went forward to announce that not only was he a converted Christian, but that his next album would be a project aligned with his faith. The end product? It’s for you to decide…
Jesus Is King is an 11-track album of uplifting faith. The album features his Sunday Service Choir, Kenny G, gospel singer Fred Hammond, and Ty Dolla $ign. Kanye’s new project even includes a return of the hip-hop duo, Clipse.
Ye went in-depth about the album, going on BigBoyTV for an interview. There, the conversation wasn’t entirely out of what was to be expected. Kanye speaks on finding religion, cancel culture, and how he’s perceived in hip-hop. One thing that stands out in the interview is Kanye speaking on being at a point in his career where he’s “died” so many times, yet is still current in today’s music. Big Boy mentions a time when Kanye made an effort to get “Jesus Walks” on the radio, believing that if he doesn’t talk about Jesus on his record, it won’t get played. Currently, a transformation is in place as Kanye continues to find himself—or rather finding new ways to show his true self—and the rest is left to the listener. Is Jesus Is King destined to be the most remembered album of the year?
GUCCI MANE ON GROWTH
In an interview with Charlamagne Tha God, Gucci Mane is sincere and honest, but leaves a few questions unanswered. However, Charlamagne does a good job of really getting Gucci to open up and feel comfortable. Although, where Charlamagne Tha God cannot take credit is the depths of truthfulness Gucci goes. What can be said about this interview is that you actually see the growth in Gucci. Topics pop up from having a conversation with Waka Flocka, the night he got locked up, and if he regrets taking the life of another man in self-defense. If there’s ever an interview to watch with a rapper, it’s this one; Gucci Mane is a rapper with a career that you’d be blind to overlook.
DREAMVILLE DROPPED “DOWN BAD” MUSIC VIDEO
After the release of Revenge of the Dreamers III, Dreamville has taken their time in dropping impressive visuals for their body of work. This week, we received a music video for a track that can be assumed was the most anticipated. Dreamville’s J.Cole, Bas, J.I.D, and EarthGang link with Young Nudy for “Down Bad.” Since then, Bas released his third studio album, Milky Way. Right now, fans await a possible J. Cole project called Fall Off.
Until next time, it’s On Wax.
-Dyllan E & Hiram