Kanye West just teamed up with pastor Joel Osteen for a Sunday service and was an instant sell-out. The event was free for anyone who wanted to attend but the free tickets were scooped up by people who have sold them for as much as $500 each.
West, who is no stranger to collaborations with a wide slew of artists with having worked with artists like Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Paul McCartney to name a few. This newest collaboration is probably his most spiritual one yet. Kanye and his team will go on to perform with pastor and author Joel Osteen at the Lakewood Church in Houston.
West released his latest studio album Jesus is King last October 25th, with the gospel-themed album debuting at the top of the Billboard 200. This endeavor by the rapper started off in a small gathering between Kanye’s family and a choir, Sunday Service has evolved into a cultural phenomenon where they just performed in their biggest venue to date in Osteen’s church that has over seven million tuning in. The rapper shared in an interview with Apple Music that the more he was in service to God, the more he wanted to let God help him navigate his life.
Last Friday, West brought Sunday Service to a local penitentiary in Houston, Texas to perform to the over two hundred inmates in residence there who was moved by their performance.
Regarding the Sunday service tickets, it was remarkable to note that after they became available to the public, it was reported that they were all taken already in just under ten minutes with Osteen’s church having a 16,000 seating capacity which goes to show that the interest in the event is huge.
After teaming up with the pastor, Kanye spoke to TMZ regarding the recently concluded event on what is up next for him following a tremendously successful career and now diving into a more spiritual path in music. Kanye shared that he thought that there isn’t a concrete plan yet, that God lays out the groundwork and for man to figure things out in its wake.
“I’m just here today, in service to God. And, whatever he has planned for me is what I’m ready to follow and be radically obedient to.“
West also stated that he would want to help reform the prison system especially for the minorities and people that suffer from mental health issues and have an open discussion to help remedy this immediate situation.