Is Kanye West Running A Cult?
For some weeks now the eclectic recording artist has been hosting gatherings he's calling "Sunday Service".
Early this year Kim Kardashian West posted about the upcoming first Sunday Service in January, inviting her +60 million followers to check it out on her Instagram Story -- where she has a further 133 million followers.
The most recent Sunday Service was broken up by the LAPD after noise complaints from neighbours, The Daily Mail reported -- with Kanye saying to the crowd that day it was the "last time on the mountain". While we're not sure if that's an indication of his Service coming to an end or simply moving location, the bigger question is what even is Sunday Service for Kanye?
After weeks of public meltdowns and outbursts around his relationship with US President Donald Trump, his mental health and an album that was due last November, it appears Kanye has taken a step back and attempted to find some solace within his faith and family.
Running gospel gatherings where Kanye and a massive gospel choir and band perform his hits and tributes to other artists, there have also been reports of Kanye delivering "sermons".
In one, Kanye reportedly commented on the recent documentaries that focused on sexual abuse allegations against both R Kelly and Michael Jackson. Speaking to his audience swathed in their sweats, Kanye allegedly said, "If we going to tear down one artist, let’s go ahead and take the da Vinci’s outta the Louvre while we’re at it, let’s take down all the art."
Each time the group gathers they're dressed in solid colour sweatsuits, most likely Yeezy sweats, with one week the group standing all in white, juxtaposed with the green Calabasas hills around them.
They've been referred to as church-like, concerts, spiritual retreats and billboards for his new album, but no one can really agree on what's going on.
Many believe the Sunday Services are just Kanye's most recent way to workshop Yandhi, which was initially recorded in Chicago last August. Kim posted on Twitter that the album would arrive November 23, but on the 26th Kanye appeared in an interview with TMZ where he announced he was heading to work on the sound for the album in Uganda.
"We have to go to what is known as Africa. I just need to go, I need to find out what it's really called. I need to grab the soil and cook food," Kanye said last October before heading to "what is known as Africa".
Now, 12 weeks into the Sunday Service rotation, Kanye is drawing crowds of A-listers along to the outdoor sermons with the likes of Kid Cudi, Tyler the Creator, Diplo, DMX, Busy Philipps, Courtney Love, most of the Kardashian Klan, Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom making appearances in the invite-only audience.
Featured image: Instagram.