The idea of Kanye West comparing himself to Wu-Tang almost doesn’t seem too far out of the ordinary for his behaviour, but in the context he did it, it is a little curious. And it’s mostly because he did it regarding the gospel choir Sunday service that he put on.
For those who don’t remember, Kanye West decided in 2019 that he wanted to start holding Sunday services. Like, the ones of the religious variety. His choice to create the Sunday service in the first place is one that people questioned a bit, and he spoke on his reasonings.
West said, “It’s just an idea we had to open up our hearts to make music that we felt was as pure and as positive as possible and just do it for an hour every Sunday, and have something where people can just come together and feel good with their families.”
However, it seems that opening up their hearts and making music isn’t the only thing on Kanye and the crew’s minds in terms of the service, because West did make the venture of comparing the service to Wu-Tang Clan.
First of all, it might just seem like a weird choice because of all things, the religious service doesn’t seem like the work of his that he’d compare to the rap group. However, he said, “I’m just focusing on myself. You know, music to drive by. Music for me. I actually think Sunday Service is like the Wu-Tang Clan of choirs. Because when you first heard Wu-Tang, it sounded completely different. It sounded more aggressive. It even sounded –I think artists are so concerned with perfectionism.”
It is relatively easy to say that the service is unique, to say the least, but whether or not it really is all that comparable to Wu-Tang, I would say, is up to individual interpretation. If the only criteria is that it needs to be unique and completely different from what people have heard before, that might be a little broad.
As for the state of Kanye West’s church services right now, they’re on pause for the foreseeable future due in part to the pandemic, but also because of Kanye West’s divorce and other life events that have made him unable to commit to the regular schedule. There’s no word yet regarding the return of the services.