Kanye West
Jesus Is King


1.0
awful

Review

by Sean H. CONTRIBUTOR (128 Reviews)
October 26th, 2019 | 489 replies


Release Date: 10/25/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gotta have a friend in Jesus...

JESUS IS KING. A blunt title from a blunt man. Kanye wastes no time getting into the gospel elements of this LP and, in some respects, they feel very genuine. I believe this record comes from a place of love; love for the Holy Trinity. It’s hardly surprising, as Mr. West has always been a passionate man, always one to wear his heart on his sleeve - to a fault in most situations. Here, on every single song, we see that fault shine bright with rust and decay - Kanye loves God, but has nothing of significant weight to say. There are lines about God, the persecution of Jesus, and Kanye’s own experience with religion, but very little is actually being said. Kayne just loves Jesus - not that there’s anything wrong with that. Christianity, despite negative things done in the religion’s name, has saved many from their lowest points. Kayne is a man of low points; a man who can’t make coherent, logical statements publicly for whatever reason. A man whose life has been seriously affected by his bipolar disorder. A man who has become a joke in many of the hip-hop circles he helped flourish. My point is this - Jesus might be a good thing for Kanye as a person, but it’s solely up to Kanye to translate that into successful gospel rap.

JESUS IS KING. Jesus is not at fault for this record being ridiculously awful, just like he wasn’t at fault for Bob Dylan’s religious music or the flood of Lifehouse wannabes. Kanye has released a disheveled, half-finished beast that (presumably) barely survived developmental hell. Pushed back again and again, this project took many different forms before the current blue record on the screen in front of you. It’s obvious - the beats sound like first or second drafts, the mixing/production is embarrassingly subpar, and Kanye’s rapping feels much less tight and fiery. Unlike Kanye, none of the features feel like they had a passion for this project, plus the guest appearances don't mesh well (Clipse and Kenny G was about as good of an idea as U2 and Kendrick Lamar). No one is here for the features, but I genuinely don’t know what we were here for. We all knew this wouldn’t be good. Kanye is an aging provocateur who’s ambitious, sure, but lacks the discipline and diligence to do these ideas justice.

JESUS IS KING. I just can’t see the appeal here. Every aspect feels half-baked and rushed, but obviously more time in the oven didn’t help. I can only imagine, but I have a feeling like Kanye couldn’t make up his mind when it came to this artistic statement of worship and, as such, constantly fiddled with it, leaving the finished product haphazard and poorly constructed. I just wish that something, anything, was being said here. It’s not preachy, it’s not hypocritical, it’s not controversial; it isn’t anything except hollow praises to God and shallow statements on how the Devil was controlling his sinful ways. Musically, thematically, and in all other forms, JESUS IS KING lacks value and anything remotely close to substance.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


3029 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

stream here: https://open.spotify.com/album/0FgZKfoU2Br5sHOfvZKTI9

thanks to granitenotebook, slex, johnnyofthewell, and neekafat for making sure this didnt suck

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onionbubs
October 26th 2019


12077 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

shoulda been there to make sure the record didnt sick dick yea

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


8731 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Shoulda put Hobo Johnson in the recommended by reviewer

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Ebola
October 26th 2019


3705 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you my chick fil a

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


8731 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Why is this under BNM lmao

neekafat
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


17110 Comments


yeah wtf

Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 26th 2019


47004 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Probably to illustrate just how terrible the music that gets on BNM always is

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Slex
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


8731 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Got em

Sinternet
October 26th 2019


20779 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you say that the beats/production are weak but don't explain how or give examples



personally i think a lot of these are great, its kanye's monotonous flow and mediocre to awful lyricism that drag this down

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Lord(e)Po)))ts
October 26th 2019


47004 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Kanyes beats and rhymes have always been shit but there is no debate that the production on this one is laughable

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


8731 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

The entire album is the example

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


3029 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i will vibe check god

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


8731 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

What he order

Bloon
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


3029 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

no more chicken sandwiches

yes ill pay the damages

Slex
Contributing Reviewer
October 26th 2019


8731 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Lmao

rabidfish
October 26th 2019


5513 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is fun.

If this didnt have so much Jesús shit i bet yall mfs would 3.5 this (someone said this already, i know)

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SteakByrnes
October 26th 2019


16054 Comments


I've never been to chic fil a, what is a #1 with a lemonade?

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grannypantys
October 26th 2019


2145 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

oooooooooooooooooooo will check soon

JayEnder
October 26th 2019


5805 Comments


Follow God is such a good track and deserved better than this shit heap of an album.

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Ebola
October 26th 2019


3705 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

it’s a fried chicken sandwich



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