Relive Kanye West's All-Star Weekend Sunday Service

West defended the religious themes in his recent musical output while in Chicago.

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UPDATE (February 18, 2020): On February 16, Kanye West and his Sunday Service choir hit the Credit Union 1 Arena in Chicago as a prelude to that day’s NBA All-Star Game, inciting fans to line up for hours in chilly weather to ensure a spot inside. Once the program began, West and his crew performed a medley of songs that ranged from A$AP Ferg to Kenny Loggins, according to setlist.fm. The group also performed revamped iterations of West’s own material, including “Father Stretch My Hands,” “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” and “Jesus Walks.”

West occasionally addressed the audience directly during the event, touching on his personal spirituality. “I’m not here to perform for y’all – I don’t do performances. I’m only here to tell you what saved my life and brought my life back,” he said. “With God on your side everything is possible.” Later, West explained the recent focus on religion in his music, noting that he “isn’t afraid anymore. … They say the kids … they don’t want to listen to you talk about Jesus –- you know how many kids that’s the only album they play in they house?”

Watch an republished iteration of the performance’s official stream above. For — slightly — fuller audio, view clips from the audience’s perspective below.


ORIGINAL POST (February 13, 2020): Kanye West is bringing Sunday Service to his hometown of Chicago just in time for NBA All-Star Weekend. Set to take place at the Credit Union 1 Arena on the afternoon of February 16, the upcoming service will be open to the public — similar to Ye’s Miami Sunday Service during the 54th Super Bowl.

About a mile and a half away from the Credit Union 1 Arena, Team LeBron and Team Giannis will kick off the NBA All-Star Game at the United Center on Sunday evening. The NBA previously announced a new format for the 69th All-Star Game in honor of the late Kobe Bryant, along with an updated charity element for both teams.

In case you missed it, the cover art of West’s scrapped album Chiraq has appeared on the Internet.

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