Kanye West’s Osteen Sunday Service Had Big Covers, Late Ye Appearance
Kanye’s Sunday Service at the Lakewood Church is winding down, and it was quite a show that the choir/collective put on … with a late-game surge from Ye himself.
The performance went on for 2-plus hours, and the choir did a bunch of covers, including some of Kanye’s tracks — past and present — as well as some other classic songs they remixed into gospel songs … some of which worked perfectly, while others came off a little weird.
For example … the choir covered Stevie Wonder’s “Overjoyed” — which sounded just fine in a gospel setting. But when they turned SWV’s “Weak” into a spiritual song, it was awkward. One of the big highlights was when the choir Destiny Child’s “Say My Name” … which translated pretty smoothly into a tune about calling God’s name.
As we said, there wasn’t much sign of Kanye being embedded into the performance to begin with, but he was certainly onstage and later did get on the mic for ‘Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1’ and finished strong by rapping his verses from ‘Selah,’ ‘Follow God,’ ‘God Is’ … and a direct shout-out to Rodney Reed to boot. Ye even DJ’d, and free-styled a bit too.
He definitely took the reins in the second half of the show, and got more and more and more into his element. He closed things out with ‘Jesus Walks’ and ‘Closed on Sunday.’
Joel Osteen got on stage to break up the music a bit, and shared several lessons about allowing God to guide oneself to greatness, despite haters along the way.
All in all, the the Osteen/Kanye Sunday Service experience can go down in the books as a resounding success.