Over the weekend, gospel’s newest entry and hip-hop Chicagoan Kanye West celebrated the one-year anniversary since the formation of his ministerial Sunday Service experience.
The choir-backed ensemble marked the gospelized reemergence of Ye, and in recognition of the landmark, Ye shared the good word at Los Angeles’ homeless outpost, Skid Row, on Sunday (Dec. 29). Speaking before a crowd at the Union Rescue Mission, Ye reflected on how his Sunday Service curations helped him confront some of his past demons amid his spiritual reawakening this year, as captured in footage by TMZ.
“I ain’t telling nobody what to do. I’m expressing what I been through. ‘Cause you know people love to take a soundbite and say, ‘This was not exactly devil-approved by the internet’,” he began. “You can be speaking on something that’s God-approved...you know what I’m saying?”
He continued, “Like all those songs we be dancing to, twerking to, [and] they tried to play T.I. They tried to play T.I., but he's talking about something God-approved.” Ye’s commentary alluded to the Grand Hustle honcho’s controversial “hymen checks” for his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris, where he revealed that he attends her yearly gynecologist checkups to ensure her virginity.
He further added,“[there are] 30 states that still got the death penalty” and referenced the Biblical commandment of ‘Thou shall not kill’ from the Book of Exodus. “But we cool with that,” Ye finished. As a point of clarification, 29 states still uphold the capital punishment as of 2019, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
TMZ’s video then transitioned to another cut from the sermon of Kanye preaching that his weekly evangelical congregations "saved [his] life."
“A lot of times people say, ‘Thank you, Ye, for Sunday Service.’ I’m saying, thank God. This thing saved my life,” he shared. “This thing was an alternative to opioids. This thing was an alternative to pornography.”
Elsewhere in the sermon, Kanye spared a moment to highlight Los Angeles' ongoing homeless epidemic where he told the crowd, “I definitely saw a strong, compelling vision with the homeless problem and I know that we can find a solution…[a] worldwide solution.”
Listen to Kanye’s full remarks from the two-minute video below.
(Photo: Brad Barket/Getty Images for Fast Company)