1. “Jesus is King,” Kanye West
January 13, 2020
“Jesus is King” is the eighth studio album by legendary rapper Kanye West.
At this point, it seems like Kanye has no plans to ever put out a bad album. And if he can make Christian rap this good, I don’t know if he ever will.
“Jesus is King” is perfect. It’s not too long, but it’s not too short either (looking at you, “ye”).
It’s not preachy, but it doesn’t shy away from an identity it wants to hold.
There’s no doubt about it — this album is powerful. It hits every note it wants to, from the choir on “Every Hour,” to straight rapping on “Follow God,” even to Kenny G’s sax solo.
Songs like ‘Follow God’ (produced by number four on this list Pi’erre Bourne), “Use this Gospel,” “On God” and “Selah” show Kanye never lost the rapping, and isn’t afraid to show everyone how it’s done.
The slower tracks on this album are perfectly timed, and don’t ever leave the listener feeling bored.
Regardless of whether this album stands for a view you agree with, it still stands for something. And that’s more than most rappers can say about their albums.
Kanye drives the culture, and even when approaching two decades of making hits, he still won’t sit in the backseat. He’s not a follower, and that’s what makes “Jesus is King” so interesting.
It’s unlike anything anyone has ever heard. There truly is no album like this. And unless Kanye does it again, there never will be.