Monday, the internet was dumbfounded to hear the mind-blowing news that Kanye West will be collaborating with hip-hop production icon Dr. Dre for ‘Jesus Is King Part II.’ Can you imagine? Two of hip-hop’s greatest producers of all time, with their powers combined, creating some of the hottest beats known to man? This is truly a monumental moment for hip-hop music, and we are on the edge of our seats ready to experience the genius of “Dr. Ye.”
It’s been an outstanding month for Kanye West. This Friday will mark one month since the debut of ‘Jesus Is King,’ the 11-track Christian hip-hop album featuring a proclamation of the rapper’s newfound faith in Jesus Christ. The LP debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart, and tells the story of his new life as a born again Christian. West did various press for the project, chatting with the likes of Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden, Big Boy, and Zane Lowe from Beats 1.
As the month progressed, the world was introduced to the jubilant sound of Ye’s Sunday Service choir, a new era for the artist who specifically stresses that he’s no longer an entertainer – he’s not here for anyone’s entertainment. The music, he says, is strictly to be in service to God.
Just when you finally learned the words to ‘Closed On Sunday’ while eating your Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich, West proves to keep the creative juices flowing for this month’s upcoming project – an opera entitled, ‘Nebuchadnezzar.’
Invite artwork by Nick Knight pic.twitter.com/U7IBqe1Gxk
— ye (@kanyewest) November 17, 2019
What’s a Nebuchadnezzar, you might say? Nebuchadnezzar was an ancient Babylonian king whose life is documented in the biblical book of Daniel. In the recent Beats 1 interview with Zane Lowe, West compared himself to the ancient king, as someone who built an empire of fame and fortune, while arrogantly attributing the credit to himself in all of his perceived wonder.
The musician announced the news of ‘Nebuchadnezzar’ on Twitter earlier this week. The beautiful gold-plated invite artwork is thanks to artist Nick Knight, and can be found on West’s social media page. The opera will premiere just a month before West’s next album, ‘Jesus Is Born’ drops on Christmas Day.
Wow. Talk about the hustle. Kanye never gives us a dull moment, and we’re excited to see how his life will continue to play out by being, as he says, a “Christian Innovator.”
‘Nebuchadnezzar’ will be performed by Sunday Service, Peter Collins and Infinities Song at the 2019 Hollywood Bowl on Nov. 24. Be on the lookout for ‘Jesus Is Born’ (Dec. 25), and ‘Jesus Is King Part II’ coming soon!