At the time this was coming out, I was very excited. This was when I was really getting into Kanye’s discography fully, and while I wasn’t looking forward to the religious themes, I was still very excited for new Kanye. I even got my hands on the leak of him playing the album in Detroit, and even though the quality was terrible, I loved it. LA Monster, Up From The Ashes, and the OG Use The Gospel before the changes had me very excited. But the finished project that we got had me very disappointed, especially considering that my three favorite tracks from the Detroit version weren’t on it. And while I do think the album is not bad, it’s definitely Kanye’s worst solo album and very disappointing.
Don’t get me wrong, the album is not bad. I actually like a lot of elements of it, it’s just nowhere near as good as it could be. The production is nice, I appreciate what he’s going for, but the execution isn’t there. The mixing is terrible on most songs, and when it came out that these vocals were recorded on an iPhone I wasn’t surprised because it sounds like it. And while I can tolerate the religious aspects of this album, the lyrics here just aren’t very good and the album feels lifeless. With that being said, there are some great highlights, even if there are some terrible tracks too.
Overall, Jesus Is King is just sloppy and unfished. He clearly didn’t put as much effort into this and it’s obvious. It sounds rushed and like it was put together last minute, which is disappointing because the leaks were so promising. Even with its faults, it still a decent album that I enjoy a lot. Believe me, I get the criticisms and share most of them, but I still find some enjoyment in this album.
Fav Tracks: Every Hour, Selah, Follow God, Hands On, Use This Gospel
Least Fav: Closed On Sunday, Water, God Is, Chic-Fil-A references, Mixing, THE FACT THAT HE CUT LA MONSTER