Kanye West has incorporated more and more gospel influences into his music over the years. As the becomes more enveloped by his faith, his tunes have taken on a more spiritual tone. Ye has crossed over enough that Billboard named him Top Gospel Artist of 2021 and Top Christian artist of 2021 last week.
Pastor Mike Jr. is another gospel rapper that performs in a similar space to Kanye. He’s also a multiple-time award winner in the genre. He doesn’t think Kanye belongs, according to HipHopDX.
After The Shade Room shared the news about Kanye’s award on Instagram, Pastor Mike jumped into the discussion almost immediately. He gave his thoughts on Kanye winning a gospel award. He doesn’t think it’s right.
“Kanye West isn’t a Gospel Artist. He’s a rapper who did a gospel album.
Ye is an inspiration musically PERIOD. So many people are afraid to speak truth for fear of being cancelled! Something about this doesn’t feel right, and I believe we have to speak up. As cool as the Donda listening party was it felt so demonic. So NAH”
Kanye West probably doesn’t believe his music is demonic. He’s returned to his regular Sunday worship services. It’s one thing to criticize Kanye as an artist, but questioning another person’s most personally held beliefs is a slippery slope.
Do you believe Kanye West is a legitimate gospel artist? Share your thoughts in the comments!