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Music and fashion mogul Kanye West has reportedly claimed he will only make gospel music going forward — no more secular music, according to a Chicago music promoter who was in the room when the rapper spoke.

West reportedly made the comment over the weekend at a listening party in Chicago for his new album Jesus is King: A Kanye West Experience, reports Fox Business.

media_cameraKim Kardashian says she turned Kanye West onto Christianity. Picture: AFP

“Kanye also announced that he is no longer making secular music,” said Andrew Barber, owner of music media company Fake Shore Drive. “Only Gospel from here on out.”

West said he is “done being an entertainer,” Barber told Fox Business.

West launched his new album in New York on Sunday (local time) accompanied by his wife Kim Kardashian West, and three of his four children.

Kim and Kanye

He also announced that a documentary of the making of the album, featuring footage of the rapper’s famed Sunday Service will also be released in IMAX theatres around the world on October 25.

Kardashian West teased the album’s track list on Instagram last Friday.

Anyone attending the Chicago listening party was required to leave their mobile phones in locked pouches, so no video has yet surfaced of West’s remarks.

Kanye also announced that he is no longer making secular music. Only Gospel from here on out.

— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) September 29, 2019

Kardashian West told US talk show The View that the new album was instrumental in West becoming a Christian.

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Kanye West at his Sunday Service in Detroit. Picture: Instagram
media_cameraKanye West at his Sunday Service in Detroit. Picture: Instagram

“Kanye started this to really heal himself and it was a really personal thing, and it was just friends and family,” she said earlier this month. “He has had an amazing evolution of being born again and being saved by Christ.”

Just heard Kanye’s new album Jesus Is King and saw the accompanying film. My favorite track is the last song and it features the Clipse. Both Push & No Malice. Kenny G is also on it. “New Body” has been cut from the album.

Here is the art pic.twitter.com/u87FLTDhZO

— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) September 29, 2019

Over the weekend, West made a surprise appearance at a Chance the Rapper concert in his hometown of Chicago.

Meanwhile, West may have come to Jesus — but some Christians aren’t buying the born-again rapper.

Instead, Christians have been attacking the rapper for “co-opting” their culture, reports the New York Post.

Kim, Kanye and family

Hundreds of Christians are firing up the Twitterverse — but the controversy about West’s invocation of religious imagery in his work has been around since the early 2000s, critic and self-proclaimed Christian Charlene Kaleina, reportedly told the New York Post.

Kaleina, 68, says her faith is constantly mocked “because of the strange and weird behaviour of people like this man.”

The way he talks about women in his other/recent albums, I’m skeptical he knows the gospel. I am much more willing to believe Chance is born again than Kanye.

But I’m gonna give it a try and make a decision on how I feel about it then.

— Auburn Powell (@GingerSnapKid) September 18, 2019

kanye and trump are introducing church and state to both sides of the spectrum. earth day sunday will be the term. even tho the sabbath is on the seventh day: saturday. kanye’s being used to make church look cool to the younger generation(s) and trump to the older one(s). pray up https://t.co/NgmcRcJL76

— shay (@shaygotfans) September 25, 2019

If kanye calls himself yeezus and releases an album called Jesus is King… well then he's calling himself king.

C'mon guys. How does this even go over someone's head? pic.twitter.com/ZQ3SdUFdAI

— Aaron (@Aaronofthewild) September 27, 2019

“He may be trying to understand Jesus in his own limited way and we cannot judge another’s soul,” the commercial real estate professional said. “People who follow Christ sense something is not right with this scene.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West with their children Chicago, Saint and North. Picture: Instagram
media_cameraKim Kardashian and Kanye West with their children Chicago, Saint and North. Picture: Instagram

Online, hundreds of the faithful felt the album title alone was blasphemous.

“Jesus Is King’ is trending on Twitter,” writes another critic who identifies as an Adventist. “They’re talking about the self-proclaimed god Kanye West, who is a mere man.”

— with Fox Business

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