Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Kirk Franklin recently joined blasphemous rapper Kanye West in the studio as he is set to appear on the rapper’s seventh release, which is self-described as a “gospel album with a whole lot of cursing.”
A photo surfaced online days ago showing Franklin with the profanity-laden West, alongside other secular artists such as Kid Cudi, Puff Daddy, 2 Chainz and French Montana. West, who also goes by the name Yeezus, a spin off of Jesus, confirmed Franklin’s contribution to the project this past week.
“When I was sitting in the studio with Kirk—Kirk Franklin—and we’re just going through it, I said, ‘This is a gospel album with a whole lot of cursing on it, but it’s still a gospel album,'” he stated in an interview on Big Boy Radio. “It’s the gospel according to Ye. It’s not exactly what happened in the Bible, but it’s this story idea of Mary Magdalene becoming Mary.”
West, who is married to Playboy cover model Kim Kardashian, the step-daughter of Bruce Jenner, is known for songs such as “I Am a God,” “Drunk and Hot Girls,” “Hold My Liquor” and “Jesus Walks.”
“I just talked to Jesus/He said, ‘What up Yeezus?’/ I said, “[Expletive], I’m chilling/Trying to stack these millions,” West raps in his song “I Am a God.” “I know He the Most High/But I am a close high/… I am a god.”
Franklin is known for his songs “Now Behold the Lamb,” “Stomp” and “I Smile,” and his most recently released album “Losing My Religion.” Franklin said of his new release that he believes the grace of God should be preached over the fear of God.
“I want people to see the love of God and not the fear of God,” he explained to Pix11. “I want people to be able to experience how much God loves us as His kids. And most people will never have that view of God if we keep putting the rules in front of them instead of the relationship.”
Franklin also made headlines in November when he apologized for “homophobia” in the Church, stating that Christians have turned the Bible into “a homophobic manual.”
“I want to apologize for all of the hurtful and painful things that have been said about people in the Church that have been talented and gifted and musical, that we’ve used and we’ve embarrassed them and made sermons—‘Adam and Steve,’ and all this other horrible crap that we’ve done,” Franklin told The Grio, while also acknowledging that homosexuality is a sin. “The Bible is not a book that’s an attack on gay people.”
West told Big Boy Radio that he believes that God has His hand on his new album, which he also Tweeted out on Jan. 27 as being a “gospel album.”
“I’m only doing one percent, two percent of the work and God is doing the rest of the work,” he stated. “Robert Kardashian is making sure that all the deals is getting done. He’s still doing deals for controversial black people from up in Heaven.”
He originally considered titling the album “So Help Me God,” but tossed around other ideas as well, and as of press time, stated that the release would be titled “T.L.O.P.” and left it up to followers to guess what the acronym represents.
As previously reported, in 2013, West raised eyebrows when he brought a man dressed as Jesus on stage during a show in Seattle.
“White Jesus, is that you?” he asked on stage. “Oh [expletive]!”
Rich Wilkerson, Jr., who leads Vous Church in Miami, Florida and is featured on the Oxygen channel’s reality show “Rich in Faith,” is stated to have helped write the script for the segment of West’s show. Wilkerson married West and Kim Kardashian that same year, and was subsequently thrust into the spotlight as media outlets noted his unorthodox services.
“In recent months, the themes of Wilkerson’s sermons have been based on songs from the Top 40: Drake’s ‘Worst Behavior,’ DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s club thumper ‘Turn Down for What,’ Beyoncé’s ‘Drunk in Love,’” the Miami New Times reports.
“His messages take surprising detours on their way to the gospel. He might roll out a story about pissing his pants as a kid, talk about marital sex, or even point out the church’s proximity to Miami’s strip joints,” it outlines.
Liberty University, which heralds itself as the world’s largest Christian university, invited Wilkerson to speak to students during convocation last month.