Kanye West may not have released his new album, as was expected, on Friday (Sept. 27). But he did play it that evening for a select group of fans in Detroit, a few hours after his Sunday Service performance there.
Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience, announced just after the concert on Friday afternoon, offered the first public listening of Jesus Is King, the rapper's anxiously awaited ninth studio album, for a crowd of about 1,000 at the city's Fox Theatre. West himself was on hand for the event, introducing the proceedings from a VIP box in the theater's mezzanine and then coming to the main floor mixing board to play the 10-track, 35-minute album himself, blasting it in quadraphonic sound. West introduced each song without commentary and identified some of the featured guests -- notably hip-hop duo Clipse and easy-listening saxophonist Kenny G on the album-closing "Use This Gospel."
West also interacted energetically with the crowd, which crammed around his position waving arms and shouting encouragement -- including one fan who called for "Free Bird."