On Wednesday, July 28, Lil Baby + Kirk Franklin unveiled the official music video to their #1 hit "We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)" from Space Jam: A New Legacy Official Soundtrack.
The music video (directed by Cam Robert) showcases scenes from Space Jam: A New Legacy. Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin join gospel singers who performed on the record.
"We Win" topped Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart, dated June 5.
The single, released on May 21, marks the first gospel song for the trap rapper, and Franklin's eighth chart topper.
"I'm humbled," 51-year-old Kirk Franklin told Billboard magazine.
"We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)" has garnered over 10 million streams and counting. The two recently performed the track for the first time at the BET Awards where they opened up the show with a full choir. See the full BET Awards performance here.
Watch the official music video below.
Updated post originally published on June 3, 2021
Donnie McClurkin and Hezekiah Walker will be featured on episodes of Uncensored & Unsung this Easter Sunday on TV One.
TV One'S Critically-acclaimed documentary-series Unsung continues with the spotlight on Gospel greats Hezekiah Walker and Dannie McClurkin this Easter Sunday, April 4 at 9 P.M. ET/8C.
Unsung is immediately followed by Uncensored with Donnie McClurkin at 10 p.m. ET/9C.
Upcoming episodes of Unsung features Keith Washington, Mystikal, Syleena Johnson, Bobby V, Lyfe Jennings and The Jones Girls.
New Episodes of Uncensored features KEM, Remy Ma, Marsha Ambrosius, Lisa Leslie and Jaleel White.
UNSUNG: Hezekiah Walker
Hezekiah Walker is a singer and pastor whose ministry has pushed the boundaries of traditional church and worship. Bishop Walker gets candid about the ups and downs of a trailblazing career and his personal journey that inspired his greatest hits.
UNCENSORED: Donnie McClurkin
The hit autobiographical series UNCENSORED explores the lives of your favorite personalities as they provide first-hand accounts of their success and the obstacles they faced throughout their careers. This week's episode hits a high note with Gospel music trailblazer Donnie McClurkin.
Each episode will be published on TVOne.TV and TV One's social media platforms. Syleena will react to clips, share anecdotes, and provide cocktail recipes for viewers to unwind to as they watch both Unsung and Uncensored. She'll end each episode reminding viewers of their chance to win a $250 Amazon gift card.
For more information on Uncensored and Unsung, visit TV One's Youtube Channel and check out exclusive, behind-the-scenes content on www.tvone.tv. Viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on TV One's Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv).
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Kanye West has booked his Sunday Service choir to sing at a controversial evangelical event this weekend.
The rapper's gospel choir is booked to perform at Awaken 2020, a religious gathering that has sparked outrage from the LGBTQ community for its lineup of speakers.
The event is scheduled for the Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona on Saturday, Jan. 18.
Cindy Jacobs, who has been openly hostile towards gay marriage, and Lou Engle, an advocate of Uganda's anti-homosexuality bill, are booked to speak during the event, WENN.com reports.
Engle had high praise for Kanye, who gave up secular music to lead the unwashed masses to Jesus.
"We believe Kanye is a sign to this nation that in a moment, thousands and thousands can be swept into the kingdom when (God) converts key people and their voices will be like thunder," Engle told The Western Journal.
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Kanye, 42, was not fazed by the backlash on social media. The producer and his wife Kim Kardashian, 39, watched the LA Lakers defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Staples Center on Jan. 13.
Fans online expressed their indignation and outrage that Kanye has agreed to allow his choir to perform at the religious gathering.
"People will still stan (stalk) Kanye despite him legitimizing and supporting radical anti-LGBTQ evangelicals/bigots," one fan tweeted, while another wrote: "What a f--king a--hole".
Kanye is rumored to be taking his Sunday Service choir on a world tour later this year.
Kanye West released his dark music video for his single "Closed On Sunday". It's fitting that Kanye released the visual on Thanksgiving Day since it's basically a plug for Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants.
The single is off his newly released platinum album Jesus Is King, which he describes as "an expression of the gospel." Listen to Jesus Is King here.
The video opens with Kanye watching over his wife, Kim Kardashian-West and their children, North, Saint, Chicago and Psalm, as they sleep on a rock formation in the desert.
In the next scene we see a caravan of light armored vehicles arriving in the desert, ready to do battle against unseen forces. The music video has an apocalyptic end-of-days tone to it.
After taking group portraits, Kanye climbs a rock formation to commune with God. "Follow Jesus, listen and obey," he raps. "No more livin' for the culture, we nobody's slave."
I pray to god that he'll strengthen my hand
They will think twice steppin' onto my land
I draw the line, it's written in the sand
Try me and you will see that I ain't playin'
Now, back up off my family, move your hands
I got my weapons in the spirit's land
I, Jezebel don't even stand a chance
Jezebel don't even stand a chance
Everyone's favorite part of the video is the final shot - when little North screams "CHIC-FIL-AAAAA!"
Kanye West - Closed On Sunday
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President Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., is a big fan of Kanye West's new album Jesus Is King. Kanye's 9th studio album is predicted to move over 400,000 copies in first week sales, making it one of the biggest selling albums of the year.
If Trump Jr is a fan of Kanye's new music, his dad is probably a gospel fan, too. Visitors to the White House likely hear the strains Kanye's hip-hop gospel music from the private residence.
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Although the album has its critics, Trump Jr. was very impressed with what he heard. He took the time to praise the former rapper for being a pioneer and having the courage to blaze trails where few rappers dare to go.
"Kanye West is cracking the culture code. @kanyewest's new album #JesusIsKing is the epitome of fearless creativity and 'dangerous, unapproved' ideas. Leftists always try to silence those who are speaking truth. They're waging a war on our family and culture. Kanye is a pioneer."
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The long wait is finally over: former rapper Kanye West released his long anticipated 9th studio album JESUS IS KING on Friday. Kanye released the long-awaited album in conjunction with the global release of his IMAX film of the same name.
With the release of this gospel album Kanye retired from recording secular rap music, which he has referred to as the devil's music.
The gospel album is available in digital downloads and in exclusive blue vinyl on Kanye's website.
Fans can listen to the album digitally or order exclusive blue vinyl albums in limited editions.
Also available on Kanye's online store are t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and sweatpants with JESUS IS KING emblazoned on them.
Kanye brings his rolling gospel revival Sunday Service Experience to The Forum in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 27th. Tickets can be ordered at Ticketmaster.com.
Kanye West - Use This Gospel ft. Clipse & Kenny G
Kanye West - Closed On Sunday
Kanye West - God Is
After months of delays, Kanye West's long-anticipated Jesus Is King gospel album is finally here. But not everyone is impressed.
Jesus Is King is just 35 minutes long and relies heavily on Biblical texts.
Fox News called Jesus Is King "an evangelical rant about the evils of the modern world."
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Kanye held listening parties in Detroit, Chicago and New York City over the weekend. While in New York, Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian-West took their children, North West, 6, Saint West, 3, and 1-year-old Chicago West to Cipriani's for lunch before holding his Sunday Service.
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After dropping his album Kanye surprised fans by announcing he will stop making secular music and focus only on gospel music.
The announcement was met with skepticism and shock.
Many social media users believe Kanye is suffering from a mental illness characterized by religious fanaticism.
Religious fanaticism is defined as an obsessive enthusiasm and hypercritical devotion to religion.
Religious fanaticism is linked to many psychiatric illness, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar disorder, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, depression and anxiety.
Kanye West treated lucky fans to an advance preview of his album Jesus Is King in Detroit, Michigan on Friday night.
The rapper was supposed to drop his highly anticipated gospel album on Friday, but instead, he hastily organized a mystery fan get together in Detroit.
Earlier in the day, a spokesperson at the Fox Theater told Rolling Stone magazine the star booked the event on the same day and refused to share further details.
The spokesperson said he usually doesn't book the theater on the same day - but it's Kanye West!
Lucky ticket holders who attended the gathering, dubbed Jesus Is King: A Kanye West Experience, enjoyed a sneak preview of the long-awaited gospel album.
The event was free but ticket holders were asked to surrender their phones during the secretive event to prevent leaks. The preview session also featured a video clip from Kanye's upcoming IMAX documentary, Jesus Is Lord.
The Yeezy mogul's wife Kim Kardashian shared a clip online of fans cheering the star as he made a special appearance.
She later took to her Instagram stories to announce the project was set to drop on Sunday, in addition to more listening sessions to be held in his native Chicago and NYC.
"Kanye's doing a listening session in Chicago tomorrow, then NYC (New York City) Sunday. He's dropping the album Sunday. Just a few final tweaks to the mixes."
The 12-track album reportedly includes the previously released track "Water", which he debuted at one of his Sunday Service gospel gatherings earlier this year, along with tunes including "Follow God", "New Body", "Up From the Ashes", and "Sunday".
Justin Bieber is a believer in Kanye West's "Sunday Service" revival-style gospel experience. The 25-year-old pop idol has expressed an interest in performing at Pastor Kanye's weekly Sunday Service gospel gatherings.
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A new gospel song with a different kind of message is going viral on social media. The song, titled "Drop it Low for Jesus" by RWKSY (Real Women Know Something, Y'all) is creating a buzz and sparking debates over how far gospel musicians should stray from the church's teachings.
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