With the release of “Jesus Is King” in October 2019, Kanye West made chart-topping history. He is the only artist to ever simultaneously top the charts of Top Christian Albums, Top Gospel Albums, the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Top Albums charts, according to Billboard.
While Kanye’s Christian faith has always been a part of his life, he has grown increasingly religious, even dogmatic, in recent years. On “Jesus is King,” he disavows his past secular music, rapping that “the devil had my soul.” He’s reportedly re-recording his older music without any swear words and that he is now “in service to Christ, my job is to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me.” He and Kim named their second son Psalm.
He joked that he’s considering a name change to “Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West” because Forbes didn’t list him as a billionaire.
“When people say it’s crass to call yourself a billionaire, I say I might legally change my name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West for a year until y’all understand exactly what it is,” he said during a Fast Company Innovation Festival event (he said he showed Forbes “a $890 million receipt.”).
He may have made that comment in jest, but this is Kanye we’re talking about. Nothing is too ridiculous or far-fetched.