Kanye West Proves That He’s Just as Cocky as Ever at Joel Osteen’s Service

The Kanye West of old is no more. The rapper who used to talk about partying and dating gold diggers has now hung up his rap mic in favor of gospel tunes.

When West first announced that he was coming out with a Christian album, no one believed him. Sure, he had delved into the spiritual realm before with his song, “Jesus Walks,” but the rapper was hardly anywhere close to holy.

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But now that West is dropping his secular attitude, there is one thing that still remains…his cockiness.

Kanye West’s journey to gospel music

So, how does a person go from being a hip hop rapper and clothing maker to a gospel artist? Well, according to West, it’s been a long time coming.

“I know that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil’s been distracting me for a long time,” he said on Nov. 17 while at Joel Osteen’s church in Houston, Texas.

“When I was in my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me, and I remember sitting in the hospital at UCLA after having a mental breakdown and there’s documentation of me drawing a church and [wanting to] start a church in the middle of Calabasas,” he continued, speaking of being hospitalized during his Saint Pablo tour.

He’s still the old Kanye

While addressing the crowd, West went deeper into his new mission.

“Because every time I stand up, I feel that I’m standing up and drawing a line in the sand and saying, ‘I’m here in service to God and no weapon formed against me shall prosper,’ ” he said.

And then, the old West came out and he dubbed himself the “greatest artist that God has ever created.”

“Jesus has won the victory. I told you about my arrogance and cockiness already,” he continued. “Now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for him.”

How does Kim Kardashian feel about Kanye’s new music?

When Kim Kardashian married West, he was a much different person. But while her husband has changed, Kardashian has also shifted her focus in recent years as well.

“He and Kim are both focused about doing good and helping less privileged people,” a source told People. “Especially with the holidays approaching, they try to do as much as they can. They also want their kids to know that many people are suffering and need help. The older kids will do some charity work this year as well.”

She is also a fan of his new music.

“This one is so much more mature and spiritual,” a source told the outlet of Kardashian’s feelings about the new music. “Like music that their kids can actually listen to. It doesn’t have any foul language. She loves how Kanye is evolving.”

“Kim is 100 percent on board with this,” the source continued. “She’s a Christian, too, and she understands the importance of being spiritual.”

But Kardashian will never fit into the pastor’s wife stereotype.

“She wouldn’t be a traditional ‘pastor’s wife’ who organizes bake sales,” the source said. “But she will support him if he ever starts a church. She’ll be there for it.”