Kanye West Announces 'Jesus Is King' Tour
Kanye West has revealed plans to take his newly-released musical tribute to Christ on the road.
Reveling in the buzz surrounding his ninth album Jesus Is King, the rapper has promised fans he will play a series of concert dates to celebrate.
West said he's ready to kick things off "right away" and will tour for the first time in three years, in a brief chat with TMZ on Friday (local time).
The 42-year-old was with his wife Kim Kardashian West and entertainment mogul Steve Stoute as they were surrounded by media and fans in New York City.
The artist chartered a two-storey bus to promote Jesus Is King, blasting tracks from the album as it cruised through the streets of Manhattan.
West's most recent outing was 2016's Saint Pablo Tour, in support of his seventh studio album The Life Of Pablo.
The tour was cancelled prematurely due to West being hospitalised for stress and exhaustion. His admission to hospital followed his wife being robbed at gunpoint in a Paris apartment two months earlier.
The Chicago-raised artist released Jesus Is King mere hours prior to his tour announcement.
The album comes after almost a year of West performing his 'Sunday Service' pop-up dates, where he and a gospel choir perform Christian-inspired music to a select group of friends and fans.
West declared himself a born-again Christian during a performance at Howard University’s Homecoming earlier this month.
“I’m not here for your entertainment," West told the crowd. “We’re here to spread the Gospel.”
In a video from that show sourced by TMZ, West can be heard directing the crowd's attention to the Bible verse Philippians Chapter 2.
“Excuse me if I mispronounce anything, I’m a recent convert," he said. "Means I recently got saved within this year.”
Not everyone has bought into West's self-described transformation. Former fans of the rapper have voiced their suspicions about his dedication to Christ, especially in the wake of his outspoken support for President Trump.