Kanye West’s new album, JESUS IS KING, released today and was met by wide acclaim on social media, with one song invoking Chick-fil-A as part of an allegory of raising family to believe in Christ.
The song, “Closed On Sunday,” appears to focus on West’s coming to Christ and raising his daughter with biblical principles. West uses Chick-fil-A’s name in the chorus and elsewhere in the song, singing “Closed on Sunday / You’re my Chick-fil-A” repeatedly.
At one point in the song, West sings “When you got daughters, always keep ’em safe / Watch out for vipers, don’t let them indoctrinate / Closed on Sunday, you my Chick-fil-A / You’re my number one, with the lemonade / Raise our sons, train them in the faith / Through temptations, make sure they’re wide awake.”
In large, “Closed on Sunday” addresses the struggles of raising a family to be Christian in the 21st century, and likely invokes the Christian chicken restaurant as an example of Christianity’s waning prevalence in Western culture.
The song ends with West shouting “Chick-fil-A” loudly into the microphone.
Earlier this year, National File reported extensively on West becoming a born again Christian, and reportedly quitting rap music to focus exclusively on gospel.
In September, we reported that West had reportedly found Jesus, and planned to focus exclusively on gospel music:
During a Chicago listening party for his new album West reportedly made his intentions clear, according to one Chicago area music promoter who was in the room.
“Kanye also announced that he is no longer making secular music,” tweeted Andrew Barber. “Only Gospel from here on out.”
According to Fox News, West made all attendees leave their phones at the door to prevent the listening party from being recorded.
The same promoter also tweeted images the art for the film accompanying West’s new album, titled “Jesus is King: A Kanye West Film”.
Then, in October, we reported that West had become a born again Christian and defended his support for Republicans including President Donald Trump, saying “Republicans freed the slaves”:
Republicans freed the slaves,” said West. “I never make decisions on my color. You want to call me a Coon, we have a right to our opinions. That is a form of slavery to expect me to make a decision based on my color.”
“The thing about Sunday Service is it mostly *isn’t* Kanye, it’s his choir and band, the Sunday Service Collective. They were amazing,” said one observer online, impressed with the event.
On Saturday West said, “Do not read comments on the Internet. These people don’t know you like that. Social media is designed to make you think slower. … They want to slow you down and control you,” West said.
“There’s one in three African-Americans in jail in this country. Who said, ‘thank you, Kanye?’ What I want you to say is, ‘thank you, Jesus,” West said.
Social media users appear to be excited about West’s new album, taking to Twitter to express their enjoyment.
On replay all day pic.twitter.com/886dADYgij
— Gab.com (@getongab) October 25, 2019
Worship leaders trying to learn the new Kanye album in time to sing for service on Sunday: pic.twitter.com/3en0EgS8qh
— Church News Headlines (@TheCNHeadlines) October 25, 2019
Listening to Kanye’s Jesus is King after spending the entire weekend in the club
— Pye Waw (@pyewaw) October 25, 2019
The left will tear down Kanye’s album because they have a vendetta against Jesus and the church. #JesusIsKing
— Hotep Jesus (@HotepJesus) October 25, 2019
It remains to be seen what music critics make of West’s album.