Following the release of his seminal, genre-destroying, gospel hip-hop album Jesus Is King, Kanye is doubling down on his religious efforts, with a potential co-headline tour with televangelist Joel Osteen coming in 2020.
Having recently performed at Osteen’s mega-church to 44,000 Christians, Kanye and Osteen are taking the show on the road in 2020 with a tour that could very well bring about the second coming.
The Osteen/Kanye service will be offering up the good word of the Sky King at Yankee Stadium in May 2020. If it sells well, it may see the two teaming up well into 2021, with the goal to perform in Chicago, Miami, Detroit and eventually Los Angeles.
Representatives of the two stated that Kanye would be in charge of the music, with his Sunday gospel choir featuring heavily, and Osteen would be responsible for the service itself. There’s no word on ticket prices just yet, but rest assured, this may only be available to Christians who God has blessed, financially. But considering Osteen reaches over 7 million people every Sunday with his televised services and Kanye is, well, Kanye, the tickets will most likely sell like loaves and fishes.
After recently sharing the stage at Osteen’s megachurch in Houston, Texas, Kanye and the televangelist agreed to a continuation of the service into 2020. Going out to over 40,000, devoted believers, West led Osteen’s congregation with some outlandish claims that focused less on Jesus and more on Yeezus.
In true Kanye fashion, he told the Sunday mass that he was “the greatest artist God had ever created” and that “Satan stole all the good producers, all the good musicians, all the good artists, all the good designers”. Maybe Satan is just more fun, but with Osteen and Kanye worth $50 million and $290 million respectfully, Jesus certainly makes bank. And he may be helping the pair of bibe-bashing rich boys a whole lot more cash.
Although this is outlandish in and of itself, it seems like the natural progression for Kanye, who’s recently been all about Mr. Jesus and his “CEO of the World” father. From starting his Sunday service performances in LA, to legally changing his name to Christian Genius Billionaire Kanye West, to the release of Jesus Is King, the announcement of its equally-religious sequel, to the two Christian operas he’s written and performed, God works in mysterious ways and Kanye’s choices are very fucking mysterious. And Osteen – alongside a sleu of American televangelists – has not been immune to controversy.
Let’s just hope he doesn’t end up running things.