Kanye West’s Sunday Service Has Limited Power, Won’t Repair Damaged Relationship: Trapital
Kanye West’s Sunday Service has gotten the attention of the media and celebrities who pop up at the Chicago rapper’s religious summits. But while the non-denominational services that use music to encourage spirituality are both cutting-edge and alluring, according to Trapital, they won’t be enough to repair West’s damaged relationship with his former followers.
West, whose latest CD is “Jesus is King,” uses his Sunday Service to promote his latest direction. According to the rapper, he will no longer do secular music.
“Kanye’s spiritual summits combine elements from the past and present. But despite the buzz they create, there’s a ceiling to their impact. Sunday Service will struggle to win back the fans who can’t forgive Ye for his controversial statements,” Trapilal opined.
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West has taken the Sunday Service across the country, from a sprawling ranch in Cody, Wyoming, to an intimate A.M.E. church in Queens, New York. He’s even taken it to Howard University.
“Sunday Service is a far cry from ‘Stadium Ye’ who once ran hip-hop. His elaborate, futuristic stage production from ‘Glow in the Dark’ and ‘Yeezus’ tours have been replaced by open fields, sanctuaries, and amphitheaters. The events are free to attend, but capacity is limited. Most events max out at two or three thousand attendees, but the service in Queens held just 600,” Trapital reported.
Although the Sunday Service is free and West has been backing the events, he will soon be selling Sunday Service merch sales. Besides this, West hopes, it seems, to repair his relationship with his fans, who have abandoned him in light of his relationship with Trump, his support of MAGA, and his sharp and zealous turn promoting Christianity.
Recently, West’s wife Kim Kardashian West described the Sunday Service on “The View.” She explained it was a self-healing experience and that her husband is now “born again’.”
Instead of luring his former fan base back, some are turned off Sunday Service’s use of the Black church. At each event, Kanye uses Black church choirs to harmonize behind him.
“It’s a troubling connection because the Black church (and Black women specifically) are often tasked with healing the wounded. Although Kanye’s evoked religious themes in his music for decades, that ‘track record’ is the last thing his former fans care about,” Trapital reported.