Kanye West’s latest album, Jesus Is King, has been finally released after a longer-than-expected delay.
The album’s official release followed listening events in cities that included Detroit, New York City, and Los Angeles. West worked on Jesus Is King until the last possible moment — it was supposed to come out Thursday at midnight, but the rapper tweeted that he was still “fixing mixes” on three different songs.
Jesus Is King features vocal contributions from Clipse, Ty Dolla $ign, Fred Hammond, and Ant Clemons, along with saxophone from Kenny G.
Numerous producers worked on the album, including Timbaland, Pi’erre Bourne, and Mike Dean, among others.
West’s follow-up to 2018’s ye was initially teased back in August, when Kim Kardashian West hinted at its release by tweeting a photo of a handwritten tracklist and the date September 27. On the night of the 27th, Kim announced that the album would arrive two days later. It did not materialize.
Over the weekend last month when it was expected to drop, West held Sunday Service events, hosted listening parties for the album, and unveiled an accompanying documentary film that’s now showing in IMAX theaters.
Earlier this week, he announced that Jesus Is King would arrive at midnight on October 25. After midnight came and went, he tweeted that he was finalizing mixes for three tracks. West did, however, make a surprise appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Prior to the extensive teasing of Jesus Is King, Kanye West announced last year that his next album would be titled Yandhi. The project was originally slated for a release date of September 29, 2018—the same night as his infamous Saturday Night Live appearance. The album did not arrive on that date, and was subsequently delayed, and then postponed indefinitely. It’s unclear if or when that album will arrive.