Kanye West on Sunday seemed to defend T.I. amid the rapper’s recent scandal involving his annual trips to the gynecologist with his teen daughter to ensure she’s still a virgin.
The 42-year-old star delivered a sermon in the Skid Row neighborhood of downtown Los Angeles, speaking to people at the Union Rescue Mission homeless shelter.
At one point, he began talking about the perception of topics, and how some things are approved by God, and others, the devil.
‘I ain’t telling nobody what to do, I’m expressing what I’ve been through; cause you know people learn to take a soundbite and say, “This was not exactly Devil-approved by the Internet” – we could be speaking on something that’s God approved,’ West said in video on TMZ.
He then brought up T.I., saying: ‘Y’all know what I’m talking about – they tried to play T.I., but he’s talking about something that’s God approved.’
T.I.’s scandal erupted after he said on the Ladies Like Us podcast last month that he goes with daughter Deyjah Harris, 18, on her pelvic exams. He later said on Red Table Talk that ‘this false narrative has just been sensationalized.’
On Sunday, the Jesus Is Born artist also used the occasion to commemorate the one-year anniversary of his weekly Sunday Service, where he’s taken to places including New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Ohio and Wyoming.
‘We had no idea that we were gonna be here on the 52nd week, but I promised, so today marks the one year of Sunday Service!’ the Grammy-winner told the audience. ‘This thing saved my life; this thing was an alternative to opioids; this thing was an alternative to pornography.’
West said he has something in mind to combat the current homelessness crisis, as Skid Row remains an epicenter of the issue in Los Angeles. He said: ‘I definitely saw a strong, compelling vision with the homeless problem … and I know that we can find a solution – a worldwide solution.’
West said that when he spends time with movers and shakers such as Elon Musk, ‘This is what we need to be talking about, are these solutions.’
The service came on the heels of West and his Sunday Service troupe releasing a new, 19-track gospel album titled Jesus Is Born on Christmas Day, Wednesday.
The record marked the first release the musical artist has made with his Sunday Service troupe of singers and musicians he has toured the country with, delivering unique religious performances and sermons. The Grammy-winner released the record through the independent New Jersey label Vydia.
Among the tracks on the record include: Count Your Blessings, Excellent, Balm in Gilead, Ultralight Beam, Weak and That’s How the Good Lord Works.
West in October put out his first offering in the gospel genre with the album Jesus Is King, in addition to an accompanying IMAX film.
Jesus Is King has been a commercial success, garnering the top spot on the Billboard 200, giving the innovator his ninth album in a row to hit number one on the chart, a record he shares with Eminem.
West on Thanksgiving released a video for one of the songs off Jesus Is King, Closed on Sunday.
West took his Sunday Service last month to Houston, where he collaborated with Joel Osteen at Lakewood Church and spoke about his move toward faith.
‘I know that God has been calling me for a long time,’ West said, ‘and the devil has been distracting me for a long time.’
God ‘was there with me, sending me visions and inspiring me,’ West said, amid a mental breakdown that left him hospitalized in Los Angeles three years ago.
He opened up about his creative awakening, saying, ‘Even after that I made the Life of Pablo album and said this is a gospel album … I didn’t know how to totally make a gospel album and the Christians that were around were too beaten into submission by society to not speak up and profess the gospel to me because I was a superstar – but the only superstar is Jesus.’
West added that ‘all of that arrogance, and confidence and cockiness that y’all seen me use before God is now using for Him.’
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Adam S. Levy