Kanye West just took the holiday spirit to a whole new level with the drop of his latest collaboration with his Sunday Service collective, Jesus Is Born, on Christmas day.
On Dec. 25, West released his latest gospel offering, Jesus Is Born, a 19-track extension of the work he and his band and choir have been putting in with Sunday Service, the semi-regular weekend sermon he’s been hosting and producing since January 2019. West revealed that Jesus Is Born would be arriving on Christmas back in October in a conversation with Zane Lowe. (This is the first official album from Sunday Service, as Jesus Is King was released under West’s name.)
— ye (@kanyewest) December 25, 2019
Jesus Is Born is West’s second gospel effort; his first, Jesus Is King, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart following its debut on Oct. 25. With Jesus Is King, his ninth chart-topper, West tied the record previously held by Eminem for most consecutive No. 1 albums. Every single one of Jesus Is King‘s hit the Hot 100 in its first tracking period as well, with “Follow God” premiering at the highest point at No. 7 on that chart.
In recent weeks, West has introduced gospel-based operas into his live repertoire, always with the Sunday Service choir by his side: he brought Mary to New York City’s Lincoln Center (on Dec. 22) and Miami (on Dec. 8), and introduced Nebuchadnezzar at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles back in November.
Stream Jesus Is Born below.