I have been a fan of Kanye since I first heard him on his first album ‘The College Drop Out’ which featured his single ‘Jesus Walks.’ He has great flow and the productions are always tight. In Sept ’19 when I heard that Kanye was going to drop a Gospel album, I couldn’t wait for it. I would check my iTunes regularly to see if the album is out. Come Oct 25th, the album ‘JESUS IS KING’ was finally dropped and I was excited to download it and get to listen to it..nonstop. Not surprising to me was this long awaited album, Jesus Is King reached #1 on the US Billboards charts. He also has some very interesting collaborations on the album like ‘hands On’ feat Fred Hammond and ‘Use This Gospel’ feat Clips and Kenny G on the sax.
The album is a different from what you’re used to listening from Kanye. Not much beats if your looking for that, this is not that album. But the content is solid.
Kanye, who now has 9 albums under his belt, has had some radical transformation in his journey of life, especially now with his new faith in Jesus Christ. You can feel it in his songs. The 10 track album has been a great album for me to listen to and given me some fresh “impetus” in my Christian walk. It has great content and not only about his new found faith in Christ, but he highlights some social issues like the challenges African Africans have faced over the years e.g. Three strikes and about how their population in prisons has grown from 1:4 to 1:3.
My favorite track is ‘God Is’. It got me from the moment it started and took me to a place where I reflected about a time I journaled who God is to me. I wrote many things. Maybe there pages… and I would encourage you to do the same. It will give you a new perspective of your personal Jesus.
For a couple of my friends, his jam ‘Hands On’ featuring Fred Hammond is the illest. Check out this lyrics:
Told people God was my mission
What have you been hearin' from the Christians?
They'll be the first one to judge me
Make it feel like nobody love me
I choose to celebrate this new Kanye. I cheer you on bro. Go ahead and Grab or download this album and enjoy listening to it.
This is a great album from Andy Mineo, one that is rich in content, depth and he keeps it very real.
Work In Progress is comprised of tracks that have sat on Andy Mineo’s hard drive for years, not surfacing for multiple reasons. Each track is also accompanied by a podcast explaining the meaning of the song and also going into more depth on the topic of the track.
In a 2019 interview with RESPECT Magazine, Andy described Work In Progress:
This project is called Work In Progress and it’s basically a mixtape podcast hybrid. So these records have been sitting around on my hard drive for like a year to years. Some even date back to 2014 but they’re records that never came out for various reasons. We just wanted to use this year to get myself back into the music and recording process. I just came out with the idea of including the podcast to describe the full journey of this process.