How Kanye West’s New Musical Path Will Change the Way He Performs Old Songs

As you know, Kanye West’s latest project, Jesus is King, was released this past Friday after a lot of promotion. He’s been building it up with his Sunday Service events and fans eagerly awaited the delayed album to drop. Now, reviews are rolling in from professional critics, West’s peers, and fans, and while people were expecting it to be different, not everyone was ready for this direction. One of the questions of the day is what will become of old Kanye’s music?

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West explains the future of his sound

In the midst of Jesus is King being released, everyone has questions about how West’s beliefs will shape his performances. We’ve seen a little taste with the Sunday Service roving tour, but what of his first eight albums and the classics that are on them? West did an interview with radio host Big Boy and was asked how the new direction will affect his old catalog.

He responded, “They made movies about Steve Jobs so y’all could understand who I am. When you go to the Apple store I don’t see no iPod 4,” which is obviously a reference to not moving backward. But he expounded on that by adding that if he’s doing a show, and his old beats are played, he’ll just tweak the songs.

How? By changing lyrics and rapping off beat. West went on to talk about his religion and the idea of “being in service for Christ” with all he does. You can peep it at the 36:00-minute mark in the video below.

What people think of the new Kanye

Discussions are being had about the “old Kanye versus new Kanye” in terms of his music. Fans are split on what they think about West’s non-secular music and his declaration that he will be steering away from it in the future. As a result, he’s been getting trolled by celebrities and fans alike for criticizing the lyrics in rap music and material lifestyles. Not everyone likes this new version of Kanye.

On the flip side, he’s gained new listeners who like Christian gospel music. There are also plenty of fans and supporters who just think the music is good, and are cool with West turning in a faith-based direction.

What about reviews of ‘Jesus is King’?

The critics have not been afraid to come out with their opinions of Jesus is King, and that includes West’s peers. While rapper N.O.R.E. flat out called it “trash,” others like Quavo of Migos and Chance the Rapper like the project. Some, like Joe Budden, have said the album is “too safe” because of West’s stature and fan base and the subject matter.

As far as critical reviews, Fader called the album mediocre and said West’s best solo work is behind him, and The Hollywood Reporter wrote that it’s dull, sloppy, and sounds like leftovers. Billboard was kinder, saying the album is a dialogue opener.

Fans shouldn’t expect West to do an about-face. When Big Boy played an excerpt from an interview he’d done with West more than five years ago, the rapper said that more than likely, he’d be doing church-based music in the future. Lo and behold, that has come to pass and will probably stay this way.