All the Wrong People Love Jesus Is King

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Like many black folks, I grew up in a deeply religious household. That meant prayers before every meal, three church services a week on Sundays and Wednesdays, and pretending like a lot of gospel rappers weren’t fucking terrible.

Thankfully, now I’m a grown-ass man who no longer attends vacation bible school or is coerced into turning a blind eye to Reverend Pastor Deacon Elder’s frequent extramarital excursions. So with my days of church pews and altar calls well behind me, I can say what a lot of lying ass Christians can’t: that this new Kanye album is some bullshit.

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But what’s interesting, as reviews and opinions pour in: while some have joined me in being woefully underwhelmed by this god awful—pun intended—release from the self-proclaimed “greatest human artist of all-time,” all the wrong people adore Jesus Is King.

There’s the spawn of Satan:

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The actual Church of Satan:

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And a deluge of MAGAts tripping over themselves to shower their soul-sampling savior with praise:

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Don’t know who any of these people are? Allow me to do the Lord’s will:

  • Pamela Geller is notorious for her anti-Muslim sentiments, Barack Obama conspiracy theories, and other right-wing nonsense.
  • Allie Beth Stuckey works for Blaze TV. That’s pretty much all you need to know.
  • Sen. Josh Hawley is Missouri’s Republican junior United States Senator.

Even the Washington Examiner loves this album, praising it for being “exuberant and eclectic.”

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What the hell is going here?

Remember in August when Dave Chappelle dropped his polarizing Sticks and Stones and the worst of white-kind decided that comedy special was a hill worth dying on?

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This appears to be eerily similar.

And I know, I know, Kanye’s canceled. Clearly, curiosity got the best of me and millions of others. But while white supremacists, Islamophobes, and other right-wing conservatives ride for the same man who once gave us “Jesus Walks,” I can’t help but wonder if his newfound quest to save souls was worth sacrificing his own.

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Jay Connor

Menace to supremacy. Founder of Extraordinary Ideas and co-host and producer of The Extraordinary Negroes podcast. Impatiently waiting for ya'll to stop putting sugar in grits.