On New Year's Day 2019, Kanye West re-affirmed his Christian faith on Twitter. "God is on my side. I am a Christian," he wrote. A few days later, the Chicago rapper debuted the first of his weekly Sunday Services
, where he introduces gospel arrangements of some of his hits as well as some other songs. People questioned West's motives; from the beginning his gatherings were attended by numerous celebrities and it was suspected he was just using religion to modify his controversial image.
When several months later West declared he was now a born-again Christian, many believed it was a hoax or a huge publicity stunt at best. It was only when he released his Jesus Is King
album that critics began to recognize he had a genuine conversion experience. There were no more egotistical songs filled with profane and misogynist content. Instead, on Jesus Is King
, Yeezy's rhymes are filled with declarations of his new life in Christ.